My two months experience with Macbook Pro

On July 11, 2010, I have purchased Macbook Pro from Aloha iShoppe! The main intended uses were developing iPhone application and getting more battery backup. I was excited seeing its look and feel! However, I was experiencing problems as soon as I started using it. I considered that as normal. Any new systems takes a while a adopt. But after about two months, I believe, problems are not decreasing! It significantly reduced my productivity. And no doubt I started hating Apple and its products. I hate it mostly specially for leeching my general computing habits! The daily problems I face with it are:

  • OMG! Where are my Keys?
    There are no Home/End Key and no Page Up/Down key and no Delete  key. These are extremely needed during coding. In fact it has a Delete key which functions as backspace key of other systems. That is it strips to left. But during coding, I often need to strip from right.
    Recently I published this blog about some missing keys!
  • No way to cut and paste files!
    There are lots of duplicate files/folders in my system. Reason? Being no cut and paste option, I have to copy the files/folders to a destination and then I forget to delete the old files. There is an option to move files by dragging, but that is not a replacement of cut-paste. Two days ago, I found an application moveAddict for the same. But it is a separate application that I need to keep running to get cut-paste feature :(.
  • Finder? huh?
    The file system browser called Finder is of dinosor age! Linux’s nautilus and windows explorer is far better. When you select multiple files and want to see properties (Get Info), it will open separate box for each! Frequently I do the mistake that I want to see properties of many files and end with lots of popup windows on screen. At beginning level, one day I selected few hundreds images and clicked Get Info and it opened separate window for each! You guess how much trouble I had to face to close each.
  • Dock is sexy but …!
    I extremely miss the task bar. The Mac OS’s dock bar is sexy! But how long will you love a sexy boy/girl if he/she is impotent? When there are several windows opened for same application like Firefox, I have to right click on the icon and select the window which is really disgusting. I again often become confused which application is opened and which one is not! I usually work with Netbeans (since I am using Macbook). One day, I was using dreamweaver to work with an old DWT based application! I remember, I clicked the Netbeans icon at least 6 times (within 5mins) mistakenly and it started running.
    Removing it from dock is a solution. But again, it is not convenient to find from huge list of Applications.
  • Battery? Is it fully functional or malfunctioning?
    It is the most big reason I purchased Macbook! They claimed it can run up to 10 hours. But how? Well, I clearly understand it won’t run 10 hours if system is busy. But should I keep it at sleep mode to run 10 hours? I never could run more than 6 hours. What I was doing, simply browsing and the screen brightness was dimmed. Moreover, when running on battery mode, it never shows actual time. But the last laptop I used (Compaq pressario) always showed exact time to fully discharge. It worked perfect to full two years with 100% capacity. But Macbooks’ battery already lost its 3% (171 mAh) capacity in less than one and half months (as per battery health monitor app). Simply irritating.

What I like most?
Well, my above comments does not mean that I do not like Macbook at all! I really love many things of it!

  • The Macbook’s Design
    The Macbook’s design is stunning! It is a slim and sexy hardware and most probably the best laptop design. The weight is not much.
  • The Touchpad
    The touchpad is my most favorite. It’s multi-touch feature is simply wow. Reading on screen was never fun. I can read, scroll and zoom very easily. Watching movie with VLC is also fun. Using the touchpad I can adjust volume and fast forward and rewind the play.
  • The Spotlight
    The another wow thing of Mac OSX. I write any keyword and it instantly brings, virtually, everything from my computer. Even, it shows word meaning from built-in dictionary.
  • Disk Utility
    I highly liked the Disk Utility program. It is extremely easy to operate and split or merge the partitions easily even without requiring any reboot.

Note: I wanted to write a bit more but tough to manage time!

  • Dock is sexy but …!
    I extremely miss the task bar. The Mac OS’s dock bar is sexy! But how long will you love a sexy boy/girl if he/she is impotent? When there are several windows opened for same application like Firefox, I have to right click on the icon and select the window which is really disgusting. I again often become confused which application is opened and which one is not! I usually work with Netbeans (since I am using Macbook). One day, I was using dreamweaver to work with an old DWT based application! I remember, I clicked the Netbeans icon at least 6 times (within 5mins) mistakenly and it started running.
    Removing it from dock is a solution. But again, it is not convenient to find from huge list of Applications.
    For exactly same reason I gave up with Avant Window Navigator on Linux. Sometime it is really pain in the ass. খাজনার চেয়ে বাজনা বেশি। 🙁

  • command+drag = move
    option+drag=copy
    option=command+drag=make alias(shortcut)

    Fn + Backspace (delete) // acts as delete 😀

    swipe 4 finger left will show opened apps and swipe 4 fingers down will show open windows 🙂

    hope atleast 3 problems are solved 😛

  • and you can use 3 finger up to go to the top of page, 3 finger down to go to the bottom.

  • I am very much unsatisfied with Apple as a company, due to their recent approaches around iOS and iPhone/iPad. They are now bigger evil than Microsoft.

    Still Macbook is the most superior of all kind of notebooks available in the market. My 3 years old macbook still gives me 4 hours of backup which I cannot even imagine with other notebooks. Cramping all the keys in a small place is not a good idea. It’s much better to have enough space for keys in the keyboard. There is no need to have extra keys that have alternatives in other keys.

    If you miss forward delete key, there is a free app to fix that. You can also assign tasks to any keys you like through scripting. It only takes time to get used to a system. Someone coming from Mac to Windows will feel exactly same as you feel from moving PC to Mac. Nothing is absolute or perfect. We only get used to with our everyday work.

    A tiny tip: Block all kind of flash in your Mac. That’ll save you a lot of battery.

  • Personally I don’t find any problem using mac, rather I am so habituated with mac that I am afraid I may not work any pc again!

    Well, I don’t need “delete” or “Home/End” keys anymore.. honestly I don’t even feel their absence. Before I bought mac, I really liked apple philosophy.. “Think different!” not only by its look… so I was prepared and enthusiastic to embrace some deviation of experience.

    But yes, certainly the look was a factor… cause I believe you are likely to be happier with a potent boy/girl if s/he is also good looking :P.

    some more tips…
    1. press F3, it will show you all the open windows of all running appl.
    2. Press ctrl+F3 .. it will show all the open windows of current app that has focus.

    Its true, the only problem I faced is selecting “getinfo” to know combined size of multiple files & folder.

    Again.. believe me… I don’t even need that anymore 😀

    All the best.

  • fn+left arrow = Home
    fn+right arrow = End

    When you are using Mac, you need to learn it in Mac’s way 🙂

  • Hasin Boss is right!
    You have to learn Mac in it’s way if you want to use it.

    One problem in your blog:
    if i click on the reply button it gives a alert message saying this:
    “ERROR:
    Can’t find the ‘commentformid’ div.”

    Hope you will fix it Boss! 😀

  • The HungryCoder

    Mahdee,
    Thanks for your input!

    You know copy and moving holding command/option + drag is not as friendly as simple cut/copy! May be some people are fan of the fancy effects during that!

    And I know about 4 fingers swiping, I guess you told me earlier! But still it does not solve the problem with multiple opened window for same application!

  • The HungryCoder

    Yes, I also hated all such tools while I used Linux! I did not use any for more than 2 restarts ;)!

  • The HungryCoder

    God, then why my battery is poor performing? 🙁

  • Mac is a girl you go date with, Windows is a girl you get married with. 🙂

  • Actually, windows is a whore with whom you can do all your illegal things you want. Wife will not allow you doing things like that.

  • 🙂
    oh! GOD save the devs …