Finally Got To Play With The Mac
I am writing this within MacOS X on the Mac Mini I got on Tuesday. I haven’t had a chance to plug it in, let alone turn it on and see what everyone’s talking about. Finally did that this morning, and I like what I’m seeing so far.
Since the Mac Mini requires a USB keyboard and mouse, I bought a USB KVM Switch that I plugged in my PS/2 keyboard and mouse into. I also have an LCD monitor that I use as well. The Mac recognized both after a few keypresses, was able to use my PC keyboard with the Mac. The “Alt” key maps to Apple’s “option” key and, scarily enough, the “Windows” key maps to the “Apple” key.
After answering all the usual first-time startup questions, one of the first things I was presented with was a dialog telling me it had 11 updates to download and install–something on the order of 150mb. It asked me for my password, which is extra nice (I think anyway) and proceeded to download.
When I stuck in an audio CD, it fired up iTunes. It asked a couple of questions, got the CD information from a CDDB database, and started playing. One click and it began to import the music to AAC format. Okay, that’s not exactly what I wanted, but a change of the preferences and it’s doing MP3.