Friday, October 07, 2005

An Apple For Teacher

I stopped by the Apple Store on the way home from work today and bought a 12-inch iBook. Before this afternoon, my total Apple computer experience was no more than ten minutes tops. But in the last few months, I was seduced first by iTunes and then by my iPod's, and when I held my friend Rob Davis' iBook in my hands, all resistance immediately became futile.

I've also just received a little box of books that I ordered to help me navigate the learning curve. I won't lie — I'm intimidated both by my lack of Mac experience and the impetuosity of my purchase. So, here I go, cracking open the first book from my pile: Mac OS-X For Dummies.

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Blogger Tuwa said...

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October 07, 2005 4:37 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

[take 2] Macs are awesome (said the PC user). I fell in love with the TiBook several years ago when the school loaned me one.

Stringing words together after a film ... not always easy. You make it seem so, though, don't you?

October 07, 2005 4:39 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey--what film, Tuwa?

October 07, 2005 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Aarthi said...

Girish,

This is off-topic.
Have u ever watched Sergei Paradjanov's films? I came across "Color of Pomegranates" almost 2 years ago in my university library and watched it after doing some preliminary reading about the movie. To tell you the truth, I was more befuddled than bedazzled...and there was something that I just did not "get" about the movie...the movie itself is something of a film-poetry...I thought it felt like stunning still-life paintings were juxtaposed next to each other...

Have you been able to understand his style? I am looking to learn a little about the director and maybe try and interpret his works(quite a cerebral undertaking if u ask me!!).

October 07, 2005 5:44 PM  
Anonymous dvd said...

Welcome to the club, Girish! Apples are so user friendly that I doubt you'll be needing that book too much. The only thing that might give you pause is not having MS Word - so I'd recommend getting the MS Office package (and you can get the academic version at a steep discount). Aside from that, I'm guessing you'll never look back once you give OS X a spin.

Can you tell Apple lovers are their best salespeople? I've convinced my entire family to convert - most recently when my sister bought the same PowerBook you did two weeks ago.

October 07, 2005 5:53 PM  
Blogger girish said...

David, I'm glad to hear I won't be lost. You know, I've been using it for three hours now, and it is such a pleasure. Not to mention intuitive to the point of mind-reading. I'll be getting Office soon and that should make things easier too. I'm already beginning to see what the Apple zealots have been going on about...

October 07, 2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Aarthi, I've only seen two or three films by Paradjanov but I admire him enormously. You really should, if you can hunt it down in a library or bookstore, search out David Cook's book, A History Of Narrative Film. A great book but more importantly, it has a fantastic discussion and analysis of Paradjanov and Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors. He even briefly discusses Pomegranates. I think your take on it as filmed paintings and as a poetry-film is very perceptive (and accurate).

October 07, 2005 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

My significant other loves to proclaim that she "doesn't do Windows". I have an I-Mac for the past year and a half. I'm still learning my way around it. Of course it looks cooler than any PC. The couple of times I watched movies on it, they looked really good too.

October 07, 2005 9:53 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and then 8 1/2. It was a bit like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then a three-course meal.

October 07, 2005 10:22 PM  
Blogger Sujatha said...

Hi Girish,

We're looking to buy a laptop and like you I have no iMac experience, so I will be following your experience very keenly. Please do post as you get more familiar with the laptop.

October 07, 2005 11:12 PM  
Anonymous acquarello [Apple user since '83] ;) said...

Congratulations! The new imacs are great, and now almost comparable to Powerbooks and a much better value. I'm still slugging away on my 1GHz TiBook that I had hoped to swap out when the Powerbook G5s came, but I guess I'll need to wait now for the dual core Intel. That said, the Dashboard multilingual translator widget on Tiger is a godsend! :)

October 08, 2005 9:25 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Acquarello--Learning the beginning basics has been a breeze. I've also been spending time cramming iTunes with music (techno especially sounds interesting through these speakers--with less body but crisper).
Until now, I had desktop PCs with no wireless, and suddenly I have a 5-pound machine with wireless that can sit on my night-table. It feels unconscionably luxurious.

October 08, 2005 6:59 PM  
Blogger Sachin G. said...

Congrats on your new acquisition :) Two Good friends of mine who had very limited experience with computers, became super users withing a few weeks after buying their Mac laptops. As per them, they are never going back to Windows. I apparently have not seen the 'light'. That is an inside joke as well because the first background of Mac was bright white. And since all of our modern windows comes from Mac, they are indeed the way to go. I have wanted to buy one for myself for a while but I already have two laptops and can't justify to myself for getting another one.

October 09, 2005 12:50 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Sachin, I'm glad to know that your friends had an easy time switching over.

October 09, 2005 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Oh, man, Girish, you are one lucky soul. Macs offer the best operating system in the world, the finest in computer/industrial design, no constant worries about viruses and spyware, and the best browser (Safari) currently available. Congratulations!

Of course, having said all this, I still wonder why I keep using Windows (it's a long story).

October 10, 2005 2:02 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Michael. I like all the things you mentioned. It's such a pleasure just interacting with this little machine. (I sound like such a fetishist.)

I'm still trying to figure out a few things about Safari: like my inability to easily do formatting on Blogger (italics, boldface, bullets) which I could in IE, but learning this new OS X system is actually painless and fun.

October 10, 2005 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

You know, I hadn't thought about that -- Blogger might not be compatible with Safari. That would be a bummer (but, then, there's always IE, or Mozilla's Firefox or Camino.

October 10, 2005 6:47 PM  
Blogger acquarello said...

I hate to say it, but other than looking at RSS feeds (which is a thing of beauty in Safari), I hardly ever use Safari. I primarily work with Firefox and Opera, then cross-check on Safari and Windows IE (using Virtual PC).

October 11, 2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Girish: it's a problem with Javascript and Safari. http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=921

(I knew this only because I remembered reading someone on metatalk complain about a similar problem on MeFi.)

October 11, 2005 2:46 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey thanks so much, guys.
Looks like Firefox is the way to go.

October 11, 2005 3:16 PM  

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