I know, I know, I said I wouldn't bore you all with details of the switch from pc to mac, but secretly, I know you're dying to know whether I've lost all my teeth from frustration.
Surprisingly…not. In fact, I think I might even be smitten.
There have been problems, naturally. Excel is not exactly rubbish on a Mac, but it's not far from it. It certainly doesn't support as much functionality as the Windows version; I've had to import all my spreadsheets via Google Docs.
Then there were all the Mac "quirks" that I can't stand: the irrepressible start-up sound, for example, and the way hibernation is supported, but impossible to apply manually. Luckily, my Google-fu proved strong enough, and I have muted the startup sound and found a way to manually select hibernation.
I did use a Microsoft Access database to track everything to do with my manuscripts, which for the moment has been downgraded to a spreadsheet, because I've yet to find a freeware equivalent to Access for the Mac platform. Which brings me to the one thing I really, truly miss about the Windows environment: freeware. There's just not so much of it for the Mac, and what little there is rapidly evolves into
shareware nagware. Less than ideal.
On the whole, though, I'm happy with my new computer. It's just far less fuss than operating in the Windows environment.
And apparently the anodised aluminium case tastes pretty good, too, because I cannot stop the cat from trying to lick it.