Lukas Beran
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February 2012
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My experience with Mac OS X

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At work I have gotten older iMac with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Since we own an upgrade license for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, I immediately began to upgrade. The following article will share the experience with common usage of MAC OS X 10.7 Lion for a man who all his life uses Microsoft Windows.

My first impressions were quite contradictory. System I enjoyed, but during installation (mainly the upgrade), I alluded to the problems that I didn’t know from Windows. For example, the installation of MAC OS X 10.5 Leopard takes a really long time, installation took more than an hour of pure time, but installation of Windows (especially Windows 7) is much faster. After installation there was a problem how to upgrade the system to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Although the Department’s own licenses in sufficient numbers, but the upgrade DVD somewhere had lost during my predecessor’s predecessor. And this is the first problem, because installation DVD of Snow Leopard is not available anywhere for download or buy. So I had to run around with MacBooks employees and find out if anyone has a DVD with Snow Leopard. Luckily I did and my iMac could be upgraded.

Upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has been no problem, because the Lion can be downloaded from the App Store. Then came the adaptation. I walked through the setup and adjusted to my liking. What struck me in total, are shortcuts. For most it does not come as a shortcut, because the combination is so hard that I thought I need to break my fingers. For example, daily use CTRL + C and CTRL + V is CMD + C and CMD + V on the Mac. Who knows where the key CMD, it is on the same place as ALT on conventional keyboards. Or shortcut for a page refresh. On Windows classically and simply via the F5 key, but on a Mac CMD + R. Again, quite awkward and so I do not use this shortcut.

Lion in Czech for me personally is disappointing, so I switched back to English. Enough things had remained untranslated, somewhere translation is quite difficult to understand. Using English is much better choice.

The default browser on Macs is Safari. Originally I thought it would be cool and different browser (Google Chrome) I will not install. But it wasn’t cool and I installed Google Chrome. First, I use Chrome as my primary web browser since its first version, I have it adapted, I got all my bookmarks, themes, settings, saved data from forms and just everything synchronized across my computers. But also because Safari has some things to me again incomprehensible. For example, I used to click the mouse once in the address bar to mark the full address and can quickly start rewriting it to another – in Safari I have to click three times. Or I just type search query directly to address bar – Safari needs special search bar next to the address bar as of the time of Internet Explorer 6.

But to not just complain. Although the iMac is 5 years old (version 2007), that is lightning fast, nothing does not mow everything works perfectly and without problems. Perhaps the speed of suspend and resume is absolutely fascinating. Applications have very impressive effects. The keyboard is really good for writing. I also like the remote control that the iMac has. The mail client is very good. Although I have Outlook in Office for Mac 2011, but still using the default mail client, with whom I am completely satisfied. Even installing a personal certificate for signing e-mails was quite simple and fast.

Overall I am very satisfied with my iMac. Work on it is very convenient and fast. But I probably wouldn’t want Mac as my only and primary computer. I have not found replacements for many stuffs I use daily. Additionally, Windows is my work (Windows Server and Windows network stations). But I can imagine Apple for people who have no specific system requirements. For an ordinary person, I think it’s absolutely great system that most things in general do not have to deal with and just works perfectly.

New technology enthusiast interested primarily in Microsoft technologies and services. Intermittent blogger and traveler.

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