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After 20 Years, I'm Abandoning Windows for a MacBook Pro

After decades of being a Windows developer and user, I've decided to switch to a Mac. Here is some of what I've learned.

http://www.silvermac.com/2007/ten-tips-for-every-new-mac-user/


Install fink.  fink is a collection of Unix software, ported to Mac OS-X.  I have installed:

  • svn-client-ssl.  It asked if I wanted to install:
    (1)     db44-aes-shlibs: Shared Libraries for db44-aes
    (2)     db44-shlibs: Shared Libraries for db44
    And I chose (1).  I'm not sure of the impact of this decision.
  • xemacs.  It asked if I wanted to install:
    (1)     xemacs-base-pkg: Basic files needed for xemacs package installation
    (2)     xemacs-sumo-pkg: All xemacs packages together
    I chose (1). I'm not sure of the impact of this decision, either.  It then asked:
  • (1)     xemacs-efs-pkg: Allows xemacs to fetch files from the FTP site or mirrors
    (2)     xemacs-sumo-pkg: All xemacs packages together
    Again, I chose (1).

  • I hate the caps lock key.  The only time I ever press it is by accident.  Here's how to disable it: http://mkaz.com/archives/86

    NeoOffice is OpenOffice, but with a native Mac GUI.  OpenOffice itself runs as an X-Window application, which has a number of issues.  Download and install NeoOffice.  Don't forget to install any updates after installing the base package.

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