Posted on June 26, 2012
Background. I’m switching my office computer from a five-year-old XP machine to a desktop Apple, called an iMac. Since about eighty percent of my business involves work in Microsoft Office, I purchased the Mac version of the software. There’s nobody else in my office using a Mac. Instead of using a mouse, I am using a track-pad. My prior experience with Apple hardware has been (1) iPod, (2) iPhone, and (3) iPad. I’m keeping the XP machine available as a backup until I get familiar with the iMac. This update was prepared on the iMac.
Update. The devils in the details are monstrous. There are three reasons. While I anticipated each one, I failed to appreciate just how big they would be.
First, as with any new computer the iMac requires initial configurations. The options are overwhelmingly confusing. The chances of getting everything right are vanishingly small. Moreover, this applies to each application and not merely the computer set-up as a whole. Read more…