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Jul. 5th, 2008 | 09:13 pm
mood: enthralledenthralled

zomg I'm setting up my new MacBook Pro using the VoiceOver option. It's so calm and soothing! I could do this with my eyes closed. In fact, I am.

This is my first ever Apple computer. So far, I am rating it 10 out of 10 for Out of Box Experience! On first boot it played a music video at me and I *didn't mind!* It was actually pretty swank.

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Chef Monkey

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from: chefmonkey
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
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And you'll never go back.

Once you're up & running, the first thing you want to install is quicksilver.

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Triple Entendre

(and you know I was raised on BSD4)

from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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Where "up and running" means I'm still installing things left and right. Synergy2 startled me today by allowing me to use the delightful two-finger scroll gesture to scroll an Excel spreadsheet on my nearby Windows XP laptop.

some of the first things I installed: Firefox 3, PersonalBrain 4, Xcode 3.0, Growl, Adium, VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion, Puzzle Pirates.... I am taking meticulous notes and I will post them here for everyone to argue about/wonder at.

I want more sound effects! Yes, more! everything must go 'thunk whirr click ftang ftang'!

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Chef Monkey

Additional OS X Suggestions

from: chefmonkey
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
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I put together a list of most of the apps I keep installed on my laptop. Because I was inlining the images, it came out to about 130kb -- which LiveJournal doesn't like as a comment size. In fact, it doesn't even like it as a post size. So I put my list up in three separate posts for you to peruse at your leisure.

Let me know if you come across something truly interesting or useful that's not in my list.

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Triple Entendre

Quicksilver: They had me at "Wei Wu Wei - Act Without Doing"

from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
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*installs Quicksilver beta*

ohhh verrrry nice!

and I can script it with bash!

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Elmo Q. Martin

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from: el3mo
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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yes, walk towards the shiny, this is the way they lull you in.

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caliedoscope

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from: caliedoscope
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
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What they sed ...

(Of course, my ASUS EEEPC could kick your MacBook's ass, but I won't go there.)

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mcgidget

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from: 1stworldproblem
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
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that's so exciting, I plan to get one, too

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)
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It continues to be awesome. A bit on the heavy side, though. If I weren't a software developer needing the super power racehorse version, I'd've gone with the 15".

I'll be posting some more about it. :)

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DeepTape

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from: deeptape
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
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Welcome!

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from: marconiplein
date: Jul. 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Keep us posted. I mean, if *you* fall in love with a Mac that tells me something.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
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I am taking copious notes, as many as I can stand, and I intend to expose them here in my LJ. I am going to need help unlearning some bad mouse-and-keyboard habits, among other things....

It's been a long time since any computer has felt like a virtual "home" for me. This one can do it, but it's going to take a *lot* of configuring.

(How *does* one decide what the Ideal keyboard shortcuts to use for everything are?)

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Chef Monkey

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from: chefmonkey
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
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"(How *does* one decide what the Ideal keyboard shortcuts to use for everything are?)"

I see you posted this a few minutes before the Quicksilver post. I presume that Quicksilver answered this question for you, right?

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
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actually, it doesn't address the full spectrum of keyboard shortcuts -- I want to unify all the window, clipboard and menu navigation, etc., keystrokes I use across Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista, and the various flavors of Linux. I've had some good success so far, but I still don't understand why it's so difficult to navigate between open document windows in a single OS X app, nor why it can be so hard to get OS X even to show them to you again once you've minimized (hidden) them. I'm also trying to get focus-follows-mouse-without-raising-the-window across all platforms.

Since I'm developing a cross-platform 3D game, I actually spend a good 40% of my time in Windows Vista on this thing. (I have to boot directly to the hardware with Bootcamp in order to get the full 3D video acceleration for that, otherwise I'd just always use VMWare Fusion. (2.0 has some new interface tweaks I'm still exploring...)) (And whether I'm in OS X or Vista, I also have at least one additional WinXP VM running as well.)

By far the biggest pain in the ass has been getting a mouse acceleration curve that I can live with *and* that remains consistent across the different platforms whether natively booted or virtualized. This one is a huge ding on OS X -- people have *returned their machines for a refund* because they couldn't handle OS X's odd flat/clipped acceleration. But there are several solutions for this available.

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Chef Monkey

OS X UI Tweaking

from: chefmonkey
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Re: open document windows in a single app -- you do know about command-` (backtick) and shift-command-`, right? Alternately, if you'd like finer-grained control over moving between windows, check out Witch. Witch also solves the issue of getting to minimized windows with the keyboard.

In terms of "focus follows mouse" under OS X -- I'm not sure that modality could be made to work sensibly. The problem is that X and Windows are extremely focused on individual windows. Things are self-contained. There's not really the concept of an "active application" as much as there is an "active window." Under OS X, this is flipped -- you have an active application, and within it you have windows. The most visible manifestation of this difference in presentation is the placement of the menu bar. In fact, the menu bar provides a good use case to describe why this won't work well: imagine moving the mouse from an application to the menu bar with a focus-follows-mouse model. Even if you manage to somehow not bump into another window on the way there, once you hit the desktop, your focus will shift to Finder. There would be no reasonable way to get the mouse onto the menu bar for the application you're currently intending to use.

For acceleration curves: this is another place that ContollerMate really shines. You can define arbitrary custom acceleration curves, and then activate them on a per-application basis. Although I haven't tried it, I would imagine that you could program a custom acceleration curve that works well for your Windows VM, an then activate it only when VMWare is the frontmost application. Alternately, you could connect two mice with radically different acceleration curves, and switch back-and-forth as necessary.

(ControllerMate will also show you the currently selected built-in OS acceleration curve -- which, although different from XP and Vista, isn't really flat)

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Chef Monkey

Focus follows mouse

from: chefmonkey
date: Oct. 8th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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There's also an interesting blog post that gives some "do-it-yourself" type suggestions for doing focus-follows-mouse type functionality. Perhaps of interest if you have the time...

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Triple Entendre

Re: Focus follows mouse

from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 24th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I had a long reply to this that got lost in a reboot... stay tuned

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
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It's funny, this is the Properly Configured (read: Mangled) Mac I Could Actually Use, that I described to a Mac Zealot back in college, when my platform was an Amiga 500. It would have to allow me to change everything... until it would effectively be a fancy UNIX workstation. And well hey, here it is finally!

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from: psychedelicsand
date: Jul. 7th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
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I literally melted when I saw that video XD

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Chef Monkey

Cursor Movements

from: chefmonkey
date: Jul. 8th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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This one drove me crazy at first -- to get to the end or beginning of a line, [→] and [←] will do the job (thats apple+right-arrow and apple+left-arrow).

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Triple Entendre

Re: Cursor Movements

from: triple_entendre
date: Jul. 13th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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ooh thank you! That *was* driving me crazy.

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