Where’s the scroll wheel?

osxArticles like this one, about Apple mice, are the kind of things new Mac Mini owners should investigate ‘before’ yours arrives. Every bit of Mac yes’s and no no’s you can get under your belt before hand helps ensure your not banging your head against that new keyboard instead of enjoying it. Much akin to running before walking, I’ve been so busy studying up on front-ends and software solutions, I had to force myself to slow down and learn some ‘Mac basics’.

The mouse article was useful as I’d always suspected OSX had multi button mouse support, but I just never knew the whys of Apple’s mice, not inherently using them. More important than trivial details such as input devices, the operating system itself has more than a few noteworthy differences over its bloated competitor Windows XP. For one, you can’t drag a folder of the same name onto an existing OSX folder and have them merge. The newer folder actually overwrites the older, a little tidbit I gleaned form this Tao of Mac article entitled, “How to Switch to the Mac”.

I also found a more detailed article that answers the technical questions surrounding OSX and dispels some common myths at the same time. One feature in particular I was happy to hear is that an OSX staple is synchronized platform integration, or apps just know what’s going on elsewhere in the OS, to a greater degree than windows. Email contact lists, calendars, and bookmarks are ‘sorted’ in what’s described as a much more logical way of sharing data. arstechnica has also posted a mini guide to OSX that details some differences not mentioned in the previous article.

Lastly a good read for those about the switch to a Mini or OSX in general is this review of a PowerMac G5 by Jim Lynch entitled “A Linux Geek Embraces Mac OS X”. It’s kind of funny to hear him describe some minor annoyances, while at the same time apparently fully enjoying OSX and stating “it’s a very enjoyable OS to use on a daily basis. I find myself growing more and more attached to it”.


One Response to “Where’s the scroll wheel?”

  1. Jonathan Greene Says:

    All about simplicity. With a single button mouse, you can just hold down Control when you click to get the right-click function. You can of course buy a mouse, trackball, etc to do whatever you need beyond the basic in-box mouse.

    I live on my PowerBook and am totally accustomed and enjoy the single button. You can just smack it to click when you need to and certainly easy to activate the control key or use a mouse as needed.

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