I sat there for, not joking, 30 minutes trying to figure out where the hell the eject button was for the cd tray. I looked everywhere, couldn't see anything on the base of the iMac, looking all over the keyboard (yes i have selective vision) to no avail. Eventually i found it and slapped myself hard for being such an idiot.
ROFL! I know the feeling! I do something similar every time I've been working on the Mac for a long time and then move over to my Windows box (which also has an Apple keyboard on it) -- I invariably hit the eject button the first couple of times I want to get a CD out
Anyway, to defend Mac users a bit, the single mouse button actually works well. To bring up any form of menu you use the keyboard in conjunction with the mouse. Personally i hate it (ain't used to it) but i can see how it can be handy.
I hate it too, and personally, I don't see how it could ever be more handy than a simple right-click
But I know where you're coming from as well, as I use the jelly-bean mouse at work all day long, and agree that it works quite well once you get the control-key thing down... still hate it over 'the right way' tho.
Malakai - do you have a five-button mouse handy? You'd do yourself (and your family) a huge
favour by plugging it into that iMac of yours. You won't need to do anything else to make your life better, since the right mouse button is, by default, assigned to bring up the contextual menu (the way it should be). But if you really
want to see some incredible human-interface design at work, try assigning the other 3 buttons to Expose (you'll find it in your System Preferences). Here is what I'd suggest:
- Middle-mouse = Desktop
- Mouse Button 4 (the 'Back' button) = All Windows
- Mouse Button 5 (the 'Forward' button) = Application Windows
Just give it a shot -- open up a crapload of apps and windows, and fiddle around with the combinations of things you can do.. Once you get used to task-switching this way, I'd wager you'll find it hard to imagine how people have gone without it for so long. Since OSX is so drag & droppable, and Expose windows are 'spring-loaded' (meaning if you drag something over one and pause long enough, it will become active without you having to release the item you're dragging), you can really rip around the OS. It's pretty crazy stuff
Feat of engineering too. To get everything within an approx 3" pace [sic] behind a 21" (i don't know exactly, it might be a 30") monitor has to be applauded. Why can't PC's be that compact?
They can, and they are called laptops.
That is all it basically is, a laptop with external keyboard and a stand.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I was thinking the first time I saw the new iMac: "Huh -- so that's
how big a G5 laptop would need to be!"
yeh, its really inconvienent when you have to wait for the OS to boot up so you can eject a CD from the drive
Well the eject button should still be working for you, but if it isn't, you can always hold the mouse button down to eject the CD before the OS loads. This is a holdover from the very earliest days of the Mac when the floppy-drives didn't have (wouldn't ya know it) eject buttons!!
Don't know about your CD/DVD issues, SC. Uptime on the G5 next to me says 37 days 28 mins, and I'd consider that normal, so..
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I'm not even angry. I'm being so sincere right now, even though you broke my heart and killed me.