Category: "Mac stuff"
Ok, I've been annoyed by this since the very first day I've been using my Mac Mini: the mouse feels weird, very weird. Broken actually!
Part of my problem was the Bluetooth operating range, which I could only fix by moving the mac nearer to where I usually use my mouse in my living room.
However, the core problem is still the acceleration curve. When you move the mouse on OSX, it first moves verrrry slowly, so you move it faster and when you reach a certain speed the mouse suddenly accelerates like crazy.
This is not controllable through the "tracking speed" slider in the control panel. The tracking speed is only the fastest the mouse will go. (And you can actually make it go even faster!) But my problem is not with how fast it would eventually get. My problem is with how freaking slow it initially starts (even at max traking speed).
Apple's been stubbornly unresponsive to this problem, as they always are, especially when the mouse is at stake (took them 10 years to aknowlege the need for a right button... good luck with acceleration!)
Fortunately, since the last time I checked (errr... 2005 :roll:), third party fixes now work well on intel Macs.
Check these out:
- USB Overdrive (no bluetooth support, but you can try it as long as you need)
- SteerMouse (15 days trial only but it can handle the bluetooth Mighty mouse)
Since I'm trying to do some desk work right now and have a wired mouse, I'm currently and happily using USB Overdrive with these settings:
- Speed: 120 dpi (feels like Windows fast ;))
- Acceleration: 50% (no longer feels like sticking to the mouse pad ;))
I'll try SteerMouse when I go back to "Media Player" configuration...
I want to recommend this post by Joel Spolski about differences in font rendering philosophy between Mac OS & Windows.
I never really understood why Apple failed to render sharp fonts on screen. Now I understand the purpose. I'm still not sure which is best though... ;)
WOW! All this time I've been running the wrong AC3 codec on my Mac Mini!
Last week, I found one that works soooo much better! To find it, I actually had to search for "a52 codec" and not "ac3 codec". Go figure!
It is GPL licenced and merely based on the "a52 library". But I really wonder were a52 comes from. Too late to investigate tonight though ;)
Update: a52 is now included in a codec pack called Perian and you can even get 5.1 surround sound out of it.
Update: the easiest solution now seems to just use the VLC media player and not worry about the codecs (VLC has everything it needs included).
The question definitely makes sense. You can now get essentially the same components into a PC or a Mac. So the choice would boil down to:
Well, the Macs look better, definitely.
And also, if you actually want to connect 3 screens to a Mac, you'll definitely need one of those bigger Mac Pros where you can put in a PC video card. And those sort of lose their coolness factor over the iMacs. But to be fair, I guess you could get away with a 24" iMac ;)
If you crash your mac: AppleJack!
And even if you don't crash your Mac bad, you want AppleJack. Everytime you hard reset/reboot your mac you add a few errors on your hard drive structure. And as time goes by, you get more and more of those turning pizzas/beach balls and you just don"t know why...
Run Apple Jack and your Mac will feel all clean and new again! ;)