Caution: New Mac User

Caution: New Mac User

on Nov 23, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 5 Comments

With our latest product release, we have ventured into the world of Apple. Yup, our product is now officially supported on the Mac. I think I can safely say that this was not something on our roadmap a few years ago, but we recognized the trends, and now have this offering for our customers. With ...

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With our latest product release, we have ventured into the world of Apple. Yup, our product is now officially supported on the Mac.

I think I can safely say that this was not something on our roadmap a few years ago, but we recognized the trends, and now have this offering for our customers. With this support, it was determined that we needed a few more Macs in the organization, the Product Management team included. Now, I’m not sure I stepped forward, or everyone else stepped back (except me), but I ended up being the PM Mac guinea pig.

I have been using PCs since, well for a long time, so this was definitely going to be a learning experience. Let’s say that Google and I became very good friends the first couple of weeks with my shiny new Mac.

In my travels, I stumbled across this article that lists the top 30 mistakes made by new Mac users. Even though this article is a little old, it is amazing how many still apply. Here are a few that I have already qualified for:

15. Installing a program every time they want to run it because they think the installer is the program.

16. Where’s “the internet”? (looking for the Windows Internet Explorer “e” icon)

19. Looking in vain for an uninstaller app, because they don’t realize that uninstalling an application on Mac is as easy as dragging the program icon into the trash.

23. Saving everything to the desktop or somewhere on the hard drive other than their home folder

These are just a few of my favorites, and I’m sure I’ll fall into a few others. Someone once told me that if you need to do something on a Mac, pretend you don’t know anything about computers, and think to yourself what the easiest way might be to accomplish that task. Chances are that is how it has been implemented on the Mac (see #30 in this list). Anyone run into any other goodies that aren’t listed here?

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5 Responses to Caution: New Mac User

  1. Todd Landry says:

    …Note to self, space between OS and X…Good to know. That tip may just save me from being mercilessly mocked one day…

  2. Chris Hanson says:

    Another one to avoid, especially among Mac developers: Pronouncing it “oh ess ecks” rather than “oh ess ten.” Also, spelling it “Mac OSX” instead of “Mac OS X.” ;)

  3. Todd Landry says:

    Thanks for pointing that out Steve, I didn’t know that…until now. Oh the learning curve is steep…

  4. Steve Van Bruwaene says:

    Something I’ve run into is how trash works differently than Windows recycle bin. On windows, you drag stuff there, and it eventually gets removed to make room for more recent stuff. It never gets bigger than 10% or your drive, or something like that. Mac Trash never deletes anything unless you manually empty it. So if you never do, you’ll eventually start wondering why you’ve run out of disk space. Not a problem, so long as you know about it.

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