HOW DO I?
I went to the fancy smanshy Mission Viejo mall today for my first "Apple One on One" training session. This is where they are supposed to help an old, decrepit, XP Windows user like me, to learn how to use the glowing, amazing, ultimate user experience Apple product. I admit, my Mac Book Air has grown on me a little, but I still had MANY questions.
Some of my questions the Genius COULD NOT answer. I stumped him, I stumped his more senior helpers. HA!
First of all... when training a former windows user - since the Reagan administration - on how to use a Mac, the phrase "I've never owned a Windows device, I've had a Mac since 1996" should NEVER be used. My "genius" trainer used that 4 or 5 times. I wanted to SMACK him. Really? Before 1996, what did you do? Use smoke signals? I wanted to grab his little chin beard and face plant him into the very thick "personal training" table on which sat my $1500 airbook.
I plugged in my two-button-and-scroll-wheel mouse into my Airbook's USB port, and my genius laughed "my son uses one of those too" he chortled. "Good for him, so does the rest of the world" I replied with a degree of venom in my voice.
So I ran through my electronic list of questions. Some of which he answered (the ones in red below, he couldn't or had to use "Template" which he said they Never do in the store.
I HAVE to use a Dell PC for work, so I CANNOT divorce myself from PC thinking.
Here's my list of questions:
Back space key - where is it?? Fn Del
Paste JUST TEXT (no format, no styles, just plain test) - use text drop-downs (he also tried to sell me Mac Word, which I dont want)
Control Panel - where is it? System Preferences, Black Apple or, the Gears on the Dock
Screen Capture - Command Shft 3 - whole screen, Command Sht 4 - Window
HOME key (to get to the left side) - No Home, No End.. just use your cursor to get there (really? honestly? oh well)
Repeat Key (hold down) "Ahhhhhhhhh!!" requires TERMINAL - NOT done in the store, defect of "Mountain Lion release"
Cntrl-Alt-Delete, to SUSPEND STUCK PROCESSES (task manager and rebooting) Option Command ESC
System Status - like the right mouse key on the desktop of a windows machine used to do, to tell me version of operating system, how much free memory I have, name of computer, etc…. COMMAND I
Virus Check (have I been infected by an attacking site?) Nada, not needed
Clean out cookies? SAFARI, PREFERENCES, PRIVACY
Auto Correct off, when I want to turn it off, and then back on, when I want to. (we didn't get to this)
No sleep when plugged in - System Pref - Energy Save
Face Time - synchs with my email, only works on Apple devices, period.
Rotating Photos, enlarging, shrinking them, cropping them - I photo (which he tried to sell me on the AWESOME touch pad, to which I told him AGAIN "three decades of learning otherwise, no thanks"
... so I stumped them on several things. The "genius" did say I was asking "very hard questions". I told him that's the same thing people in India tell me when I am reviewing their work =)
I have another One On One schedule next week, before my birthday, to try and blunt my hatred of my iPad and to answer the rest of my Mac Airbook questions... I'll letcha know how it goes.