Jun 25 2010

Discovering At Least One Awesome Thing A Day On My Mac

I’m a week into using a Mac as my primary computer and loving it.  Every day I discover at least one little thing that makes me go “why the fuck didn’t my PC ever do that.”

Today’s was the time zone thing.  For two decades I’ve been bedeviled by time zones whenever I travel.  For a long time I had to manually set the time.  Eventually on the PC I got things into a state with my calendar where changing the time zone worked, but I still had to do it manually.

On the Mac, I simply check a box on the Time Zone screen that says “Set time zone automatically using current location.”  Voila – I’m in NY and the time zone is set correctly on my Mac.

While I know this is a trivial little thing, but I’ve spent N hours of my life changing the time zone manually on my Windows box.   I want those N hours back.

When I reflect on the week, I’ve started to master Quicksilver, found an automatic natural text widget that lets me type “lunch with dad from noon to 2pm on Saturday” and an item appears magically on my calendar, and I’m enjoying Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, Ctrl-3, and Ctrl-4 to quickly switch between screen states (or “spaces”).

I’ve been stubborn for a while about this Windows / Mac thing but I’m starting to get it.