Windows Switcher's Guide: Getting used to a Mac

Being a good biased MacGirl, I get to be continuously happy because so many switch to Macs ... and seek out my help during the transition.

My standard line is that it's not the learning, it's the forgetting. Mac OS X is easy to learn, but it's not always fun to have to think about how to do things that used to be instinctive.

Switching to Mac is like driving a new car -- yeah, it's spiffy and fast, but it's frustrating when you go to turn on your blinker and hit the windshield wipers instead. But, after a week of driving, it's not a problem anymore

Harry McCracken (former editor of PC World) has a helpful column for all you new MacHeads.

Here's the link....

Windows Switcher's Guide: Getting used to a Mac



Resetting the SyncServices folder

Dealing with SyncServices issues is one of the most frustrating, and frequent, parts of my job.

Apple's released a new article on resetting Sync Services. Memorize it.


How to Reformat a New External Hard Disk

TidBITS has a good short article on how to reformat an external drive.

As expected, the instructions that come with hard drives are geared towards PC users. I can never figure out whether manufacturers really don't know that things are that complicated for the Mac, or they just can't bring themselves to admit we don't need their help, but Mac instructions on these things are usually multi-step and include installing un-needed software.

All you need to do is wipe the drive. Instructions below:

How to Reformat a New External Hard Disk


Stop Letting Your Virtual Desktops Get As Cluttered As Your Actual Desk

I wish this was rare for me: a user panics that they've lost a file, and I find it right where they left it -- on their Desktop.  The problem is they've saved so many files to the Desktop that they've actually buried it. But the annoyance of unseen files on the Desktop is just one of the consequences of letting Desktop clutter go unchecked...it can also slow your whole system down.

So people, please, folders are your friends.  Create some.  And then, like, put stuff in them.  Novel concept I know. If you don't want to listen to me, listen to MacFixIt.

A tidy Desktop can lead to a faster Mac
After a short time using your Mac it can be easy to acquire many files--pictures, videos, songs, e-mail downloads, and more. Because the information most of us receive is now available so quickly, we often do not get the opportunity to sort through and organize these files properly. What inevitably happens is that our Desktop becomes cluttered with all sorts junk--a habit that can slow your Mac’s computing power ....full article on macfixit.com

About MacGirl.DC

As a self-employed Mac supporter, I see many different setups and situation -- small businesses & home users of all different tech abilities -- but I get a lot of the same questions over and over.  This blog is my attempt to answer the questions that arise, and to get the basic information and tips that I come across a wider audience.  

As of right now, I'm not planning on answering questions from users on this page, but am open to feedback.