OS X - what's there to know?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:36 PM
So I'm getting along with my web designing, learning the abcs of sql and putting the dots on my jquerys - I see that some of the job listings specify 'familiarity with Mac OS' or Apple OS or OS X or some variation of that sort of statement as a requirement. That makes me suspect that the company uses Apple computers and isn't interested in 'training' people on how to use a Mac.
I find that confusing. Unless I'm wildly mistaken (and that's what I'm trying to figure out) then a Mac work environment isn't going to be terribly different from a Windows environment.
Off-hand I suspect that the file structure is likely to be different, I know that the keyboard shortcuts are a little different, I'm sure there's different names and whatnot but I'm having a hard time figuring out what could be so different that it would present problems for a guy who just spent 3 years coding and designing ( and with an adobe software suite that should be almost identical between platforms no less)
In my view - I'd have a rough first day, might have some questions throughout the first 2 weeks, then it would be just another OS.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:56 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:17 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:50 PM
I know shits changed a lot in 20 years and i dont even remember half of the shit i used to but i still vaguely remember a time when you had to know config.sys and autoexec.bat as well as some dos commands. I looked at the keyboard and i about shit my pants when i realized that theres two delete keys but no backspace, plus theres an enter and a return key as if theres a difference. I didnt get around to googling that stuff yet.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:04 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:09 PM
I started using OS X almost 4 years ago now so I don't really remember much of the learning curve but I remember it taking me awhile to get used to all of the shortcut changes. If you have a Mac laptop, the trackpad is really nice. Most of the new features you see on PC laptop trackpads have been on MacBooks for years. Apple is pretty much the king of multitouch.
RE: Flash, it sucks anyway. It's still relevant, but a fading from view. Pretty sure I already said that to you before, though. I've never personally had problems with Flash on OS X but that's just anecdotal. Safari's instability is irrelevant because you can just install another browser.
Finder is basically just Explorer, Dock is basically what Windows 7's taskbar is based off of.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:24 AM
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