Funny things you did, when first using a Mac

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Dr McKay, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    When I first started using a Mac from a life of Windows, I had an utter panic attack when using Photoshop, I accidentlly missed a button on one of the toolboxes, clicked the desktop, and the whole programn vanished.

    I also had a blonde moment, announcing to the whole room of bemused Graphic Designers, 'Wheres the bloody Print Screen Key??'

    Other than that it was pretty smooth sailing.

    Any other funny things you've attempted to do, not known how to do, or anything inbetween?
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    When I got my first Mac (2001ish), I didn't know how to uninstall programs. So after about 2 weeks I backed up my documents and reinstalled the whole system. After that I realized I could just put the apps in the trash...
  3. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
  4. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    First time ever was in the 90's when someone told me to eject a disk using a paper clip. :eek:
  5. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    This. I actually use a program called AppDelete now. Should that be added to funny things too? :D
  6. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    I didn't know how to eject a CD, I tried to pry open the disc drive on a G4. :D
  7. mynamesreallong macrumors member


    Nov 13, 2006
    Las Vegas, IL
    CTRL - ALT - DEL, and look for the task manager ;-)
  8. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    The biggest one for me was realizing that when you "x" a window, the app is still open. Once I understood that Macintosh treats windows as "documents" not like "applications" (like Windows) does, this made much more sense. In the meantime, I'd have like twenty different apps open all at once. :rolleyes:
  9. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    I kept a paperclip in my wallet so that when I was at Uni, when machines locked up ( and they did, regularly ) I could get out my 'Apple toolkit' and get CD's or floppy out of the machines in question.
  10. mariahrg macrumors member


    Nov 30, 2004
    Paso Robles Ca
    my boyfriend will use my computer and never close the apps. ive showed him a million times, he just doesnt seem to get it.
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    My first mac was a Quadra 610. It had a 2x CD-ROM drive that had no tray - you had to put the CD in a caddy (looks vaguely like a floppy disk) and then stick it into the computer. I didn't realize this at first and spent what seemed like an hour trying to figure it out until my old man, frightened that I was just going to try and shove it in, showed me how. If you failed to close the caddy properly it would get stuck inside the computer and you'd have to take the computer apart and remove the front bezel to get it out. :rolleyes:

    I also fooled around with bad floppies that the SuperDrive didn't recognize, so I quickly learned the paperclip poke routine.
  12. advres Guest


    Oct 3, 2003
    I dragged a bunch of music off a CD into a folder, ejected the disk and everything vanished. Aghh the good ol days when dragging and dropping didn't mean 'move/create' but 'add an alias for this here'.

    ohhh yeah... And used a lot of zip disks.
  13. holidaypf macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    When I got my first mac, a g3 black powerbook with System 9, home I could not wait to play a dvd movie on it. I was pretty annoyed when I could hear the movie playing but could not see it. I don't know how long it was until I realized I had to double click the top of the window bar to see the video. It was a Fry's demo unit. :)
  14. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    Can't really think up any 'duh' moments when I first started. Although when working in the semiconductor industry I had my windows PC, a couple Solaris and IRIX machines, and my Macbook Pro. I constantly got hot keys mixed up and could be heard cursing at the computers for not doing what was asked. Luckily some of the UNIX commands I did on the IRIX machines were not recognized by Darwin.:eek:

    /make me a sandwich
    you do not have significant privileges.
    /sudo make me a sandwich
  15. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    I hope you didn't learn the hard way.
  16. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Remove my thumb drive without dragging the volume into the trash. Windows will be quiet about it (unless you are writing a file to it, in which case it will say `file transfer failed' or something like that), but Mac will always say `NO YOU MUST SAFELY EJECT'.
  17. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I called the resident "Tech guy" over and reported a problem with the Mac Plus I was using.

    "Someone had inverted the colors," I complained, pointing at the screen. Instead of the normal green letters on a black screen, it was black letters on a white screen. He laughed for five minutes before regaining his composure and explaining that it was normal on a Mac. He walked back to his desk, a snort of laughter escaping every once in a while.
  18. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    I would get a little frustrated when hitting the middle button to "maximize" the window. I got used to it after a while. But about a year ago I stumbled upon this app called Right Zoom. Now I have the option of maximizing when I need it.
  19. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Is it okay to say I never did such things because it was the first computer I used? :p

    (Nah, I'm lying: I used PCs at school. But it was the first computers my parents bought.)
  20. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Yeah, when my parents got a Mac it took forever to get them to actually close the apps they were through with...
  21. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I did the same thing. I wondered why that fancy Mac was running so slow. Oops.
  22. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    First time I used a mac, I downloaded Adium as my third app and I closed the window for a second and I thought I quit the app. But then I saw that it was open but I couldn't see the window even after I clicked the dock icon a hundred times :D

    I had to restart the computer haha.
    It took a while for me to realize all I had to do was show the contact list.
  23. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Not really a problem, but a slight thing I had to get used to was the fact that the menubar is always at the top of the screen... First time I used a Mac I spent *forever* looking for the file and edit menus.. :D I much prefer they way Mac does it, I just had to get used to it.
  24. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    I never had any problems with the first mac I used, but I occasionally make the mistake of closing a window I am using when I mean to minimize it, I have no real reference to windows machines I used Apple first 90 percent of my life has been on a mac since the mid to late 80's other than a TRS80 and a TI99.
  25. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    I had to setup my pc to find out that safari is how you surf the web

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