Switching to MacBook Pro part 2 - Starting the computer

This is part two in a series about switching from PC to MacBook. You can also read part 1.

Hitting the on button
The start up screen that is presented shows only a blank white screen with the apple on it. After waiting 30 seconds I am prompted to choose the language.

With some hesitation I choose Swedish as my main language. I am a user of many Google products and when using the original language of US English I always get the latest updates quicker. But I guess this doesn't apply to the world outside the web (or Google if you want).

The introduction video that follows welcomes me the the world of Mac and it hits me how clear the screen is.

The next screen wants med to choose my country. Sweden is preselected and automatically my finger drops down to the mouse pad to select continue when I notice there are no right-left mouse buttons. Luckily the bottom left corner works like the left button and so on. But some panic started to spread through my body.

After selecting my keyboard layout I am asked to transfer information from another Mac or TimeMachine copy (the backup program for Mac). Since this doesn't apply to me I jump this step.

Next screen wants me to connect to a wireless network. Since I am on vacation and don't have access to any network at the moment I skip this step to.

But the Mac won't let me. I have to set a network to connect to. I find the solution under "Other network settings" where I can set "no network".

I then have to fill in a form for registering the computer.

This is the first time I come in actual contact with the keyboard and it feels quite nice. Different from a PC, but still nice. The thing I found though was I use all keyboard combinations for a PC. Tab still works for moving around in a form, but there is no "Alt gr" for producing the @. After trying a few combinations "alt" works for this, but it's placed differently from on a PC. I'll probably come back to this later on though.

The next step is to choose a local account for logging in to the computer. This has always been a problem for me. Both me and my wife use the computers at home. Even my son uses the computers for playing games on. I started out using different accounts for everyone since my son wanted one setup of bookmarks in the browser and shortcuts on the desktop and my wife another. But logging in and out all the time when switching proved to be a bigger problem than finding the shortcuts, so I went to having only one account. Multiple accounts also prove to be a problem when using one program for handling photos and music. When adding new music I had to switch accounts to get the new music on to my wifes' account so she could sync with her iPod. No I'll try to go for one account this time (although my son will probably not be allowed to use this computer).

Next stop is to take a picture of yourself. A nice touch, but I came out looking like a geek of some sort.

After choosing timezone, time, date I'm all set to start using the computer.

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