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March 5, 2002

Ingrately sane New blog link near the top of the right-hand column, right underneath the links to the PNH-&-TNH page and Teresa’s own Making Light. It’s Forwarding Address: OS X, and it’s a collaborative weblog in which a bunch of people (some of whom know each other, some of whom don’t) discuss the Macintosh’s all-new Unix-based operating system and their experiences migrating to it.

I’ve been reading it for a while and finding it useful, and then Cory Doctorow (“The Happiest Geek on Earth”) kindly invited me to join the conversation. I’m afraid I started with an overlong rant about inadequate keyboard operability, a charge first laid against the Mac operating system in the time of Leviticus. [11:29 PM]

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Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: March 06, 2002, 06:24 AM:

I may shortly become a migrant. I spent part of the weekend reading "OS X: The Missing Manual" which, I suspect, is not something that mere Mac Voyeurs do. I think I may have moved into the Mac Aspirants group. This is, like, a total religious conversion thing for me.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 06, 2002, 08:05 AM:

OS X: THE MISSING MANUAL is pretty good. Its author, ubiquitous consumer-tech writer and brand name David Pogue, is OK with Teresa and me. We met him in early 1988, shortly after we bought our first Mac; he was a sachem of the New York Mac Users' Group and we were rank newbies who'd managed to contract the Scores virus. He was reassuring, helpful, informative, and made the virus go away. We Approve of his continuing success.

Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: March 08, 2002, 08:06 AM:

Credit cards are truly a force for evil. johnlewis.com told me that they had the iMac in stock; and do named day delivery on Saturday morning. So, if all is well, I will have one in my grubby little fingers by half past twelve tomorrow.aaComing soon; some sort of iMac migration webpage, with full frontal unpacking shots.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 08, 2002, 08:28 AM:

Years ago, cover designer Carol Russo told me how she chose her first computer. Her research mainly consisted of talking to lots of people who already owned one. She said the PC owners all said they were satisfied that they'd made the right decision -- good price, adequate power, lots of features, etc.; whereas the Mac owners said, "Oh god, I LOVE my computer." So she bought a Mac.

Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: March 10, 2002, 01:57 PM:

Well, I don't yet have the iMac. But I do have the blog, and virtual unpacking shots, inspired by my comments upthread; you can get to it by clicking on my name on this comment.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 10, 2002, 04:04 PM:

Consolations on the heartbreaks of package delivery, Alison.aaBut there must be something going around. Our colleague Claire Eddy (who I believe you've met), a PC user for her entire computing life, ran mad on Friday and ordered a reconditioned G4 iBook by phone. She expects delivery (to the Tor offices) early this coming week. We expect work to crash to a halt while we all exclaim over the perfection of its little fingers and toes.aaIf these are straws in the wind, Steve Jobs is going to look pretty darn smart in the coming years.

Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: March 10, 2002, 04:32 PM:

Not merely package delivery; but John Lewis let me down! I was completely astonished. Their customer service centre is staffed for long hours by competent people, who won't promise undeliverables and are deeply troubled by people saying things like "I hope you realise that this has shaken my unswervable faith in John Lewis". Their problem is that they subcontract to a courier service, Initial Citylink -- who are no worse than average. But their customer service line closes at noon on Saturday and doesn't reopen till Monday morning, so John Lewis can't find out what went wrong.aaI did suggest some lines to take for their conversation with Initial Citylink tomorrow morning.aaAs for the Macs; as far as I can tell, Steve Jobs appears to have built a computer almost exactly to my personal specification. We all tend to assume that our individual desires are average. (I remember when the copyshop at which we printed Plokta doubled its price for printing large quantities directly from a PC. I explained that we'd have to take our business away, and that they'd surely lose lots of other people printing small press b&w magazines that fretted terribly over the precise quality of the photo reproduction. And the charming manager said "No, I think you're pretty much the only customer we've got who does this kind of work.")aaSo. If I am the only person who understands her PCs fairly well, but is getting tired of spending hours reconfiguring things every time she happens to want to add another piece of superfluous technology, and, incidentally, hates the notion of compulsory registration with the Forces of Darkness with a fiery passion, then it's a flash in the pan. If, however, this hits a nerve for a lot of people, then he's about to sell an absolute shedload of computers.aaSadly, no Mac notebooks with superdrives yet, or we'd have been terribly tempted.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: March 11, 2002, 12:25 AM:

Lovely blog, Alison. How is Radio Userland working out for you?

Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: March 11, 2002, 03:55 AM:

The plus side; it's incredibly easy to install and run. It's very much faster to update the blog than, say, PNN (which is pretty easy these days). I particularly like a radio button to switch from WYSIWYG to source while typing. It is a complete click on the bunny program, but it's also completely configurable. Good combination.aaThe minus side; it runs on the desktop, so on one machine. I assume it's possible to migrate the blog to another machine at some point, but I don't actually know how. I'll definitely want to do the blog from the iMac once it arrives, so I'll be finding out. This means that it wouldn't work for a general blog for me (where updating from work would definitely be necessary) but should be ok for this rather specialised page.aaThe blog url leaves rather a lot to be desired, though I assume I can delve into the system's guts and publish the blog on my own pages.aaAnd I'm using a 30 day trial, of course. I'll make a decision towards the end of that as to whether to register. I have a natural suspicion of renewable licenses.