My MBP's usability just quadrupled

lpeedin

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Nov 4, 2011
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Well to me, anyway. This is my first Mac, having worked with computers since before there was such a thing as a PC.

I was really struggling with the MBP for a number of reasons. I fully appreciated the fact that it would take a while to get used to the keyboard layout and even more so, the lack of keys I had always been used to ie.. Backspace, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, etc. I quickly learned to deal with that and embraced the 2 key combinations. I'm even getting used to the trackpad; however, I did install a wireless mouse the 2nd day I had the system. :)

But there was 2 things that were really hindering any possible enjoyment of my new system.

1) Impossible to use on my lap for more than a few minutes. I've had no less that 8 different laptops and they all got warm, but this thing was unbearable.

2) No matter where I tried to use this system, the glare on the screen was overwhelming. I like to sit on my porch or even in my garage with my laptop but that just wasn't possible in that much light.

These things bothered me so bad that I seriously considered taking a $ loss and pawning it off to whoever I could find that was interested.

But some over 20 years ago I acquired a nickname from an IBM Fellow in Oxford England. He called me "Pragmatic", since I seemed to "use a pry bar" if necessary to solve a problem.

So instead of whining about the product I went looking for a solution(s).

Amazing how a Cooler Master Notepal X2 Notebook Cooler and Splash Masque HD Screen Protector can transform what was practically an unusable item (for me) into something that I am really beginning to enjoy.

Happy Computing :D
 

theSeb

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I was really struggling with the MBP for a number of reasons. I fully appreciated the fact that it would take a while to get used to the keyboard layout and even more so, the lack of keys I had always been used to ie.. Backspace, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, etc.
My Macbook Pro and Air both have all of those keys. What computer do you have? :confused:
 
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lpeedin

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My Macbook Pro and Air both have all of those keys. What computer do you have? :confused:
Latest MacBook Pro 13". My bad, PageUp, PageDown, Home, End, etc. But there isn't a BackSpace, just a Delete.

The Delete key on the MBP works like the BackSpace on other keyboards whereas the Delete on other keyboards deletes at the current cursor position (it doesn't move).
 
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theSeb

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Latest MacBook Pro 13". My bad, PageUp, PageDown, Home, End, etc. But there isn't a BackSpace, just a Delete.

The Delete key on the MBP works like the BackSpace on other keyboards whereas the Delete on other keyboards deletes at the current cursor position (it doesn't move).
Oh, I see. There is a backspace, but there isn't a delete - that's just to clarify the terminology.

fn + backspace is delete. There are also alt (option) + back space which deletes all of the characters before the cursor. fn + alt + backspace deletes all of the characters after the cursor

fn + → = end
fn + ← = home
fn + ↓ = page down
fn + ↑ = page up


Also, ctrl + ↑ = Mission Control in lion
ctrl + left or right arrow = move to next space / virtual desktop in mission control (this work whether you're in mission control or not)

ctrl + ↓ = show all of the active application's windows.

I hope that helps.
 
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lpeedin

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Definitely helps, thanks. So far for any serious work at my desk I've just plugged in a USB keyboard, but I really do new to learn the key combos for those times when I'm away from my desk. (Like this weekend when I'll be living in a tent at a 2 day archery tournament.) :)
 
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lpeedin

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And I need to ck autocorrect on my iPhone when I post from it.
 
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mrsir2009

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Sep 17, 2009
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Well to me, anyway. This is my first Mac, having worked with computers since before there was such a thing as a PC.

I was really struggling with the MBP for a number of reasons. I fully appreciated the fact that it would take a while to get used to the keyboard layout and even more so, the lack of keys I had always been used to ie.. Backspace, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, etc. I quickly learned to deal with that and embraced the 2 key combinations. I'm even getting used to the trackpad; however, I did install a wireless mouse the 2nd day I had the system. :)

But there was 2 things that were really hindering any possible enjoyment of my new system.

1) Impossible to use on my lap for more than a few minutes. I've had no less that 8 different laptops and they all got warm, but this thing was unbearable.

2) No matter where I tried to use this system, the glare on the screen was overwhelming. I like to sit on my porch or even in my garage with my laptop but that just wasn't possible in that much light.

These things bothered me so bad that I seriously considered taking a $ loss and pawning it off to whoever I could find that was interested.

But some over 20 years ago I acquired a nickname from an IBM Fellow in Oxford England. He called me "Pragmatic", since I seemed to "use a pry bar" if necessary to solve a problem.

So instead of whining about the product I went looking for a solution(s).

Amazing how a Cooler Master Notepal X2 Notebook Cooler and Splash Masque HD Screen Protector can transform what was practically an unusable item (for me) into something that I am really beginning to enjoy.

Happy Computing :D
What were you doing on it to make it unbearably hot?
 
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chanyitian

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Jun 3, 2012
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Well to me, anyway. This is my first Mac, having worked with computers since before there was such a thing as a PC.

I was really struggling with the MBP for a number of reasons. I fully appreciated the fact that it would take a while to get used to the keyboard layout and even more so, the lack of keys I had always been used to ie.. Backspace, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, etc. I quickly learned to deal with that and embraced the 2 key combinations. I'm even getting used to the trackpad; however, I did install a wireless mouse the 2nd day I had the system. :)

But there was 2 things that were really hindering any possible enjoyment of my new system.

1) Impossible to use on my lap for more than a few minutes. I've had no less that 8 different laptops and they all got warm, but this thing was unbearable.

2) No matter where I tried to use this system, the glare on the screen was overwhelming. I like to sit on my porch or even in my garage with my laptop but that just wasn't possible in that much light.

These things bothered me so bad that I seriously considered taking a $ loss and pawning it off to whoever I could find that was interested.

But some over 20 years ago I acquired a nickname from an IBM Fellow in Oxford England. He called me "Pragmatic", since I seemed to "use a pry bar" if necessary to solve a problem.

So instead of whining about the product I went looking for a solution(s).

Amazing how a Cooler Master Notepal X2 Notebook Cooler and Splash Masque HD Screen Protector can transform what was practically an unusable item (for me) into something that I am really beginning to enjoy.

Happy Computing :D
For the glare on the screen, you may purchase an anti-glare film.
 
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Mojo1

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Jul 26, 2011
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I cannot stand Apple's "glassy"displays but I wanted a 13" MBP to replace my anti-glare 15" MBP early 2008 model.

I added the $35 Power Support anti-glare film. It isn't the cheapest but unlike other films it doesn't introduce artifacts or color changes while eliminating glare and reflections. I compared it to my 15" MBP and I could not see a difference between the screens.
 
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