Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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I almost want one
by HappyGod on Tue 26th May 2009 02:03 UTC
HappyGod
Member since:
2005-10-19

I always wanted a MacBook right up until the guy that sits next to me at work bought one, and I used it for a bit.

The OS is fine, although it takes a bit of getting used to. But it was the keyboard that cemented the MacBook as a no-go for me.

I know it's a small thing, but the lack of home and end keys, as well as the different placing of function keys, meant I was constantly accidentally cutting or pasting text etc.

The are of course Mac shortcuts you can learn.

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RE: I almost want one
by Adam S on Tue 26th May 2009 13:09 in reply to "I almost want one"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Use ANY external USB keyboard. BTW, all Apple aluminum keyboards have those keys too. I used it yesterday.

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RE: I almost want one
by aesiamun on Tue 26th May 2009 14:02 in reply to "I almost want one"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Command up arrow and Command down arrow are home home and end.
Command left arrow and Command right arrow are start and end of line.
Option up arrow and Option down arrow are page up and down.

The keystrokes are available and don't take very long to get used to.

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