I said to myself, I'm not going to do it.  The Mac is a "home" computer, and I don't want to "work" from it.  I want to do the fun stuff, like this:


Image:I can´t install my own product

But after a couple of days of fun, I thought it might be useful to be able to blog from the new iMac.  So, I did what you would do -- I surfed over to the downloads on IBM developerWorks:Lotus and downloaded the trial of Lotus Notes 6.5 for Mac.  Easy enough.

Problems cropped up immediately.  The download comes down in .HQX format -- requiring Stuffit to unpack (which is not installed by default -- I learned that like the PC, .ZIP is the standard compression format for Mac users now).  Stuffit has a brain-dead installer, too, and requires a Mac reboot for proper operation (strange, I thought this was a Mac!); I tried to unpack the .HQX several times before learning this.  After reboot, things weren't much better -- the HQX unpacked partially, then asked for a "decryption passphrase".  What the heck?

I tried both the 6.0.x and 6.5.x versions of the Notes Mac trial -- neither would unpack.  Thus, I'm blogging back on my Thinkpad right now.  I've installed other programs this morning -- Firefox and Skpe were both relatively painless.  And most everything about the Mac has been easy so far.  Just not my own product.  And yes, I know, once I get it installed, I get to deal with font issues and all the rest.  

Guys and gals, Macheads of the world, I feel your pain, no need to pile on.  In the meantime, can you tell me the secret handshake to install my own product?

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