I recently got an iMac.  It’s the late 2011 low end version 21.5 inch version.  Below are the specs.:

  • 21.5
  • 2.5GHz
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 4GB (two 2GB) memory
  • 500GB hard drive1
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750Mwith 512MB

I’ve had the machine for about four weeks now and I’m starting to get used to the new operating system and hardware.  First thing that I found was that the new “magic” mouse sucks.  It’s terrible, chiefly because it hurts to use it.  I opted for the longer wired keyboard instead of the new shorter wireless keyboard.  The hardware is several steps up from my Win7 system.  The overall design is very nice and compact.

OS X (lion) is very smooth and for the most part intuitive.  The shortcuts  are a little different than Windows and Linux.  I have noticed some things in the OS X that remind me of KDE and Gnome on Linux.  I don’t know who copied who, but they are defiantly related.  The biggest change I’m still getting used to is the lose of being able to maximize a window.  I do find Finder limiting but I have found 3rd party app called Path Finder that files in the gaps.  I’m trying to use all Mac apps were possible, as I want to fully learn the Mac way of doing things.  In the past I have relied on open sources and google apps, and still do on the windows machines.  The dock is nice with some tweaks (2d mode at bottom, and some separators to space it out.  Software installation is easy through the app store and also via direct download.  I really wish more of the 3rd party apps were available through the app store.

I’ve stated compiling a list of applications that I use and I’ll added them to my software page.