Tuesday, February 23, 2010

apple slices...

I've been an Apple user for about 7 years now. My first Mac was a 12" Powerbook and I loved that little thing up until I got my current Black Macbook.

Although I still use Windows (currently going to switch from XP to 7 Ultimate), OSX has been my primary OS for the past year now.

One of the strangest things I've found with Apple is their symbols for their modifier keys.

If you've ever tried to learn a shortcut on a Mac, you'll know what I mean.

Here's a quick key guide to Apple's shortcuts:

- This is the Apple key, the strange flower looking symbol on it means "Command". So when a shortcut calls for pressing the Command or Apple key, this is it.

- For whatever reason, Apple uses this symbol for their CTRL key. I honestly don't know why this is symbol means CTRL. Any logical person would think it means the "6" key which has the ^ symbol on it.

- This weird symbol which does not appear on the Apple keyboards means OPTION (some Apple keyboards have the ALT on this key as well) ... I don't even know the origin of this symbol, nor why it is used in the Apple guides to depict shortcut keys when this does not appear on the keyboard at all.

You'd think that Apple would start printing these weird symbols that they've been using in their manuals to describe shortcuts on the actual keyboard they want you to use.

But they don't... and I guess that's that. This is Apple we're talking about here.

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