Did I Mention I Got a PowerBook…

It arrived Tuesday afternoon. Again, it’s the 12″ 1.33 GHz w/SuperDrive model. It’s awesome! I’ve been bugging people about PowerBooks for almost a year. Yes! I’ve finally got one….

The problem is, this is the first time I’ve ever used a Mac and am completely clueless. I mean I don’t know anything……. I’m gonna go buy the “Missing Manual” book for OS 10.3. And hope that gets me moving in the right direction.

Look for a number of Mac questions here in the days to come. For starters I’d love to get the “software list”. You know the list. It’s the list that people post on their blogs with the “must have” apps, tweaks, hacks, etc. I’ve drafted a number of those lists for XP machines and Linux boxes, but I don’t have a clue on a Mac.

I’ll end with one more….. Browsers. Which one? Safari? IE (no way, won’t use it)? You know I love Firefox. See the posts (Post 1 and Post 2). What about Camino? What the heck is the story there. Mozilla created Camino for Macs. Then there is Firebird, which has a Mac version. And what about Mozilla, the browser? Is there a Mac version of it? Who says there isn’t any software for Macs? Look, I can even decided on a browser with all those quality choices (subtract IE from that list, please).

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  1. Erik Weibust

    Yeah, I’m very excited.

    The problem is I’m completely clueless. The os is beautiful, but I’m just lost…..


  2. Robert Barksdale


    If you are new to Mac OS X, you might want to check out James Duncan Davidson’s book, Running Mac OS X Panther. This book should be on every Mac OS X user’s shelf. It has insights that will answer questions for both the neophyte and the sage.

    Welcome the the tribe! 🙂

  3. Erik Weibust

    Hey Robert,

    It’s funny you mention Duncan Davidson. I attended a presentation of his on Mac OS X two years ago at the No Fluff Just Stuff conference here in Dallas. That talk planted the Mac “seed”.

    Since then I’ve been keeping a close eye on the progress of Mac OS X. I moved from using Windows to Linux, also. I figured I needed to live in the “Linux World” for awhile to fully appreciate a Mac.

    Now, fast forward to a few weeks ago. I talked the wife into letting me drop the cash it takes to get a nice PB and I was in business. My new problem was that I didn’t know anything about the “gui” side of Mac OS X. I bought the “Panther Missing Manual” book and started talking to the few Mac users here in our IT shop.

    The “Missing Manual” book is good, but it just overkills each and every topic it covers. I know it will be great to pick up again in 6 months and learn some tricks, but right now I’m just trying to learn how to do everything ONE way, not a 100 ways.

    I also HAVE been reading Davidson’s book “Running Mac OS X, Panther”. I read a little at lunch every day. I love that the stuff in there isn’t SO technical that it scares me off. I would say that your average user doesn’t really need to read this book, but if you are an “IT person” I think it’s great.

    Man, this is my longest comment ever. I’ll probably add it as a post also. Either way, thanks for the tip on Davidson’s book. His writing is great: blogs, books, and articles. And thanks for reading my blog.


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