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OSX Screenshots.


In Windows, I use either the PrintScreen key or the Snip program for screenshots. But I can never remember the keyboard commands for screenshots in OSX, so here is a quick reference:

Both of the above methods will save the screenshot on your Desktop.

If I'm working in Firefox, I just use the built-in screenshot tools in Firefox too. (The files are saved in Downloads.)

Installing Snow Leopard onto a Macbook Air.


I finally decided to upgrade my old MacBook Air from Leopard (OS X 10.5) to Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). Unfortunately for me, Snow Leopard wants to be installed from a DVD, and the MBA doesn't have an optical drive.

Rather than buying an external optical drive for $100, I had the husband put a disc image onto a USB flash drive using a MacBook, and I installed Snow Leopard from that. When prepping the flash drive, it's important to Format a new Mac OS Extended (Journaled) onto the flash drive, rather than drop a .dmg file onto it; otherwise you won't be able to boot from the flash drive. More details on installing Snow Leopard from a USB drive are available here.

Irony Fail, Cupertino.


Irony Fail, Cupertino Every time I've tried a couple of times to connect my Macbook Air to my desktop PC, I got only this picture at right. Being an old-school PC user, I immediately recognized this as a Windows BSOD; clearly an error which meant that I wasn't connected.

This weekend, the husband got a new work Macbook Pro with Leopard, and he laughed wildly at this screen. He pointed out that it says "Connected", and lo and behold, I can, in fact, see my PC's files through it. Curse it Apple; not everyone is used to irony in their operating system.

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Got Mac.


My Macbook Air came this week. It's just as delightfully slim and just as sleek as you'd imagine. I got Firefox installed with only a bit of trouble. This may be obvious to you Mac users, but I was confused when Firefox wanted me to drag it to the fonts folder. Turns out, that's not the fonts folder — that's the applications folder.

But it's not all chocolate and roses with the Macbook Air either. We did have trouble installing the CS3 Master Collection. You see, there's no optical drive on the MacBook Air. So we connected my Macbook Air to the husband's Macbook over the network, so as to borrow the husband's Macbook's DVD drive. Unfortunately, this made the CS3 installer (which normally runs like molasses) about as slow as ...something really slow. Since it was so slow, I quit babysitting, and did some dishes. When I came back, both Macs had fallen asleep. I started them back up, but the installer kept insisting that it couldn't find CS3 Disc One. The husband did some magic with his USB hard drive, and he eventually got the install completed, but the Installer said there was a problem with Photoshop, and we should re-install.

Long story short, here's my advice should you need to install CS3 (or any of it's components) onto your Macbook Air via Drive Sharing: Do not let either Air or other Macbook fall asleep. Babysit them, or disable all of the power saving options until the install is complete. Be sure you've got the computers connected to power.

An even better option is, if you have a USB hard drive, use it to make disk images with your other Mac, hook the USB drive the to the Macbook Air, and then install from those disc images. It's going to be a lot quicker that way.

I Regret Nothing.


After hands on testing, careful consideration of all of the available options, I've done it. I ordered a Macbook Air. In December, I went to a couple conferences and had to haul a big work laptop around. This made me really want something light and easy that I could take to conferences or use to code or surf on the couch.

I put my hands on the Dells and the Sonys, but none of them felt as light or as sturdy as the Air. I'm aware of all of the limitations to the Airbook, but they do not matter for my use of a laptop. I am not looking to replace my desktop computer. The applications and file formats I use will work with both Windows and Mac. I use my iPod for music, and flash drives for data.

I had the husband order the Macbook Air online; using his employee discount saved a few bucks. Now I just have to wait a couple weeks for Apple to configure and ship it.

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