One month with the Mac

I’m writing this blog post from my MacBook Pro that I received from my father as my 2011 gift.  I have been slowly trying to users e this more than my desktop PC in the past few weeks but its been a slow transition since I have to ration my data usage more on a laptop.  Don’t get me wrong, my MacBook Pro has 750 gigs of space which is plenty but this thing needs to last 5 years at the very least.

I’ve transferred my music and photo collection to the Mac to test out iPhoto and iTunes. I’ll have to admit that using iPhoto is pretty simplistic and I like how I can arrange things in events.  I have a lot of pictures that I need to start managing and I’m even thinking of splitting my iPhoto library into a few libraries since there are some really old pics that I don’t care about these days but that I don’t want to lose.  I have backups everywhere but I really wanted to see what I could do in iPhoto with everything loaded in.

iTunes works the same pretty much the same way on my Mac like my Windows Desktop so I won’t dwell on that. What does work better is Frostwire and Handbrake.  I’m amazed at how much better these products are comparatively to my desktop.  I don’t use either that often though, I’m mostly concerned with surfing the web.  Which brings me to the native full screen apps and all the gestures that can be used. I’m big into using Safari instead of Firefox since I’ve had both of them installed.  I like being able to use my three finger gestures to move away from Safari and go back to it.  I’m also big on using some of the other apps like iTunes in full screen and iPhoto full screen.  It makes it more like my iPad than anything else which I like to use almost daily.  I’ve also been surprised that my wife has been using the Mac successfully over the past few weeks.  She’s been more involved in taking care of the baby but she hasn’t had a cause to close the lid and go to the office to fire up the desktop which I take is a good sign.

I’ll have to continue experimenting with the Mac but so far I have downloaded things like Spotify which I have found to be a really cool program to listen to music before I buy it.  It’s too bad that I can’t use the mobile app without paying for it though.   Just to be sure of compatibility with my already created docs, I bought a copy of Office for $25 using a program at work.  I’m going to try and defer to iWorks as much as possible though since its easier to manage over all but I will probably miss some of the familiarity of Office so in a pinch I’ll use that instead.  What I need now is a NAS since my household just went to multiple computer systems again.  I don’t count my work laptop as part of my ecosystem these days since I’m trying my best to keep work on my work laptop, and keep my personal stuff on my desktop and Mac.  I guess to a certain extent also my iPad and iPhone.

To punctuate my transition to my Mac, I haven’t turned on my desktop since I’ve been home except to sync my phone and I’ve moved from working in the office to the dining room for this week and I’m using my Mac and my work laptop at the same time.  The only thing I really miss is the ability to use my Bose sound system and utilizing my 23″ screen.  Here’s to continuing on with my Macbook Pro for the next few years!

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Delayed in SFO…..again

I can’t seem to win when it comes to flying home from SFO to MIA. I’ve been flying here for three weeks and this is the second time that I’m going to be leaving past 11PM PDT when my original flight is supposed to leave at 8:45 PM. The last time I think it was the weather that wasn’t agreeing with me so that I can kind of forgive since it is a nature thing. This time its a mechanical problem with the plane. They didn’t give an specifics on what was wrong this time but it’s bad enough that they have to haul the plane away and we have to wait for another plane from Miami to come in so we can take that one instead.

I’m coming to SFO for one more week after this then I’ll be at home. I’m hoping that I have good luck next week and that I won’t be delayed in going home. For one thing I need some sleep when I get in because sleeping on the plane really sucks especially when you have the aisle seat and the other people in the row probably want to go to the bathroom or something. The other is that I have to go to work still and produce some documents that are due next Tuesday.

I really wish that I could use Delta Airlines for flying here rather than having to use American. Unfortunately this is the only direct flight that comes to SFO from South Florida. And to think, I only have to keep on doing this until November. If my luck continues like this I’m going to ask to get a different flight home because I can’t be arriving at home in the middle of the day on Friday, expected to work the whole day and then not spend the time I want with my family. I guess I’ll cross my fingers and pray this is the last time this will happen for the month of August