Well, it's not just like home yet, but I'm getting there.  In my head, I am debating what I know would end up being a painful question -- in the next 24 hours, can I finish transferring everything I need to the Mac, such that I leave the Thinkpad at home for my travels to New York, Boston, and Lincoln?  Do I bring both machines while in transition?  Do I leave the shiny new toy at home?

It is so different to be working on a MacBook as my primary work machine.  Why?  On our home Mac, the main applications in use are Firefox, iTunes, iPhoto, and my daughter's games.  On this MacBook, I suddenly need to think about...well, documents.  GIgs and gigs of documents to copy over from the old to the new.  Which is not to say I'm being a packrat.

In fact, I decided that Notes 8.5 on the Mac would essentially be a clean start installation for me.  As I tweeted away on Friday afternoon, installing the Mac version of Notes 8.5 connected to my Domino server was a snap.  I downloaded a .tar file, uncompressed it into an installation package, ran install, started Notes, pointed to my mail server, downloaded my ID file, and waited for "Notes setup is complete!"  My local address book was populated via "synchronize contacts".  I quickly created a new local mail replica.  The only manual activity was that I decided not to bring along my bookmarks, and recreate those needed, along with any local replicas, manually.  I know I could have copied a bunch of NSFs over....but it seemed like a clean start really should be a clean start all the way around.

I've also downloaded and installed Lotus Symphony 1.2 for the Mac, which will be my lifelong friend now -- no MS Office will be tarnishing this hard drive.  That install likewise was relatively quick and easy.

The hardest part of getting used to the MacBook is the keyboard and touchpad.  I watched the video tutorial on how to two/three/four finger the touchpad, and have figured out activities like scrolling etc.  But without some of the additional keys found on the home Mac's keyboard, I had to learn how to use function-arrow to move to the top or bottom of a view, and other basic stuff like that.  I'm sure I'll be figuring out some of this stuff for the next few weeks.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the startup of using the MacBook.  I know that it's been said a million times that Macs "just work" but it's all true.  I loved how I had to do nothing to get the two Macs in this household, running different operating system versions and hardware platforms, to network with each other.  Once I learn some more of the keyboard shortcuts and get better at the touchpad (or take the suggestion of Gregg Smith on Twitter and give in and buy a mighty mouse), I'm really going to be happy.

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