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									Moving to
the Big Apple
Reality Sets In                                                                        Part 3

There I sat, at my desk in front
of my brand-spanking new iMac.
Files from my old PC were already
in place, new software installed, all
courtesy of the Geniuses at the Apple
store. (No, I didn’t dub them Geniuses;
that’s Apple’s name for tech people in
its stores and the name is right on the
money.) I was, hesitantly, poised for
my adventure. Was I nervous? You bet!
For the first couple of weeks I kept my
PC laptop up and running out of fear
of being lost in Mac-world without a
security blanket. The laptop wasn’t a
great security blanket, but at least I
knew that if I were overwhelmed by the
Mac approach, I still had something to
— temporarily — fall back on.
                                                             Photo courtesy of Apple




Sheri R. Lanza
Consultant


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                                                                                                                      MOVING TO THE BIG APPLE




How to Start?                                                          ment over pre-mouse days, I hadn’t looked for an even more
    I had accumulated a list of PC-to-Mac websites and printed         efficient mode of navigation. Yes, I’ll admit to laziness.
pages and pages of cheat sheets; now it was time to cull through           It took a while to figure out how to use the various shortcuts,
all of it. I experimented with various apps included in the iMac       but only because I was stubborn and persisted with the old trial-
package, such as Mail, iCal (calendar), Safari (browser), and          and-error approach instead of asking questions or thoroughly
Address Book. Time Machine and Backup, while different appli-          reading my cheat sheets. I quickly learned that keyboard short-
cations, facilitate backing up the iMac. All of those were pretty      cuts rule! In addition to those already mentioned, I’m now
basic and relatively easy to learn. I bypassed several built-in apps   mouse-free for many functions: Add/remove bold, italics, and
in the multimedia genre (e.g., creating movies, music, and web-        underline formatting; select all; forward delete; print; moving to
sites and enhancing photos), all activities that I suspected I         the beginning or end of a line of text or to the top or bottom of
wouldn’t use: Front Row, GarageBand, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto,             a page; cycling through open applications; screen captures (four
iWeb, and more. The audio and visual creative arts are not,            methods for taking screen captures, easy to do once you train
unfortunately, among my strong suits. Maybe I’ll explore those         your fingers to hit Control-Command-Shift-4 at the same time),
avenues when I retire and have extra time on my hands. A bit           and more. I’m still amazed by what a big time-saver the short-
optimistic, but one never knows.                                       cuts are. Yes, many (maybe all) might be available on a PC, but
                                                                       I just never took the time to look for them.
Look, Ma, No Keys!
   I opted for a bluetooth keyboard, which caught me by sur-           The Microsoft Cord — Still Uncut
prise when I began to use it. Many keys that I was accustomed             I was skeptical about using iWork, Apple’s answer to Microsoft
to using were missing, such as the number pad, page down,              Office. Much of my work involves sending and receiving docu-
page up, and forward delete, causing a momentary panic attack.         ments via email. From past experience I know it’s all too possi-
(These keys are standard on the corded Apple keyb
								
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