My laptop recently died, and though the contrarian in me has long resisted buying a Mac (notionally due to a bad experience trying to program one for a computer science course in college, but more recently influenced by their seeming ubiquity among creative Brooklyn types), I decided to indulge my desire for the light and lovely Macbook Air.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing like a new interface to make you feel out of touch. I had a PowerBook in the early nineties, but it’s been PCs since college, and I feel like an absolute beginner when I try, say, to figure out the Mac equivalent of page-up.
I guess it’s no surprise when you work on screens all day, but it’s very easy to get set in one’s computing ways, even if you’ve more or less grown up around computers. It also surprises me how these kinds of peripherals influence how I work: I’ve gradually learned to find my way around on my Mac, but it still takes me longer to get lost in a task since the peripherals are slightly off.