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Originally posted on 04 Aug 2008

You may have noticed (or may not) but “work stuff” is a verboten topic here on FirstStep. It’s one of many, really, but it’s definitely near the top of the list. Therefore I won’t talk details but I will say that a recent development proved to be just the flimsy excuse I’ve been looking for to get a replacement for my massive ancient Linux laptop…

Today after work I made a little visit to the Apple store and walked out carrying a shiny new MacBook. It’s small. It’s light (both in color and weight). It’s sleek. It’s fast. Once I managed to locate the Terminal program and proved to myself that yes, Virginia, there is a *NIX command line, I was completely satisfied with my decision.

I’m settling in pretty well so far considering the interface and experience is unlike anything I’m used to but there are still some things which are confusing me. For instance, where in the hell are the page up/page down buttons? Or at least the keyboard combination to replace that functionality? Having only one button on the trackpad is really throwing me for a loop as well. I use a lot of right-click features and now…command key combinations?

It’s obvious that there are going to be some growing pains here but so far I’m really liking the new toy.