I discovered yesterday quite by accident that my life has been divided into two parts:
I told you that my son helped me choose a new computer. He hates Microsoft and Windows, so he steered me toward an iMac. My husband dragged his feet, not wanting me to get something with which he wasn’t familiar. Since my son designed my website, and he is the one who helps me with that, I decided to get the Mac.
“BTM” stands for “Before The Mac,” and consists of my entire computer life until February of 2015. This was the time when everything computer came right to hand and mind. I didn’t hesitate to work with lots of programs. I felt very empowered – leaping tall projects with a single bound.
“ATM” stands for “After The Mac,” and will be my life until further notice. Everything that immediately comes to mind or muscle habit no longer applies. I have no mouse. I have a trackpad, to be tapped with one, two or three fingers depending on what you would like to do. I have a smart keyboard that I am only now beginning to get any speed at all on. I CAN now type a complete sentence – most of the time – without erroneously hitting ALL CAPS. It isn’t ergonomic like my Microsoft keyboard. I must keep my hands very close together to use it, but it has many smart keys that I’m learning can to wonderful things.
I used to have two screens, and got used to moving things from one screen to the other, having lots of windows open at the same time. Now I have one 27 inch screen that is GORGEOUS. My son downloaded a bunch of really wonderful pictures that I can change at will to be my desktop screen. I love being able to simply choose from this beautiful collection to match my mood. Right now I have a beautiful painting of people walking in the city in the rain with lights reflecting all over the place.
I’m learning that I have can as many “Finder” screens open as I want, enabling me to move files as I want, and I have all kinds of new programs that allow me to do most everything I did BTM, but I DO have to stop and think, realize that my first idea is probably wrong, and figure out how I do it now…