By Kelly Fuson, MBA in Global Management ‘11
I’m almost half-way through my summer internship so I thought it was a good time to write an update about my experience transitioning to a Mac. Here are a few learnings that I’ve gathered during the last four weeks using my MacBook Pro:
Learning #1: Using a Mac has taught me more about how to use my PC.
Macs are designed for simplicity and I found myself using the Command function for almost everything. I was using it a lot partly because it was simply how I learned how to use my Mac. When I would go home at night I thought, why can’t I use the Command (or in this case “CTRL” – control) function on my PC? Prior to using a Mac I would only use CTRL to copy and paste, now I’m using it for everything on my PC just like I do with my Mac. When it comes down to it, I would rather control my computer than command it.
Learning #2: The Magic Mouse is both a curse and a blessing
I’ve never loved and hated a mouse as much as the Magic Mouse. The last mouse that I used and felt the same way was the orbital mouse. The Magic Mouse is great for scrolling, unless your working in PowerPoint, then I suddenly find myself on slide 20 instead of slide 4. Sensitivity can be a good thing and a bad thing.
Learning #3: It’s not over until you hit Command Q
It’s great that I can quickly toggle from program to program, but quit already! It gets kind of annoying when I only need to use a program for a quick second and then it wants to stay open until I go back and kill it. I like that when I close a program on my PC it knows that I’m done with it. I guess the Mac is just persistent and insists that I keep working.
So I guess I’m still on the fence when it comes to which one I like better. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. But I still have six more weeks to go, plenty of time to pick a side…
(Photo: A useful book that my Mom sent me.)