Uninstalling software from a Mac couldn't be easier: Drag the application's folder to the trashcan and poof - it's gone. No need to look for stray files scattered throughout the system, no uninstall errors, nothing. The folder literally goes up in smoke (simulated smoke, of course). I recently read an article that said it's not uncommon for a Mac app to leave behind a couple of small files here and there.
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 36 SEARCHER The Magazine for Database Professionals 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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