Mac keyboard and mouse

I wanted to use my PC screen when I’m sitting behind my “desk” and working on the MacBook, choosing between 13″ and 22″ display is easy. The side effect of that was that my head is constantly on a 45 degree angle compared to my body which tends to be less than comfortable after a while. I couldn’t connect my keyboard with a PS2 connector since there is no port of that type on the MacBook or for that matter any laptop I know of. So the Apple stakeholders just got a bit richer and I now have a wireless Apple mouse and keyboard.

Installation is child’s play, unbox the items, add the included batteries in their container, set up the bluetooth devices (can be found on the upper right corner of your desktop), turn the device on and you are done.

Bluetooth Configuration

The keyboard is the same as the one on the MacBook so I’m loving it. The MightyMouse does it job (even right clicking yay!) but the buttons on the side are a bit harder to work with. I don’t think I’ll ever use them.

A nice side effect of the size of the keyboard is that your desk seems to have grown.

Mac setup

Using the MacBook

While delving through the Monodevelop bug tracking pages, one submitter stated that while the control + click combination didn’t work to get the appropriate context menu you could work around it by using a two button mouse. Why didn’t I think of that? I plugged the mouse of my other laptop in and boom, I had context menus in Monodevelop. Technology of two competitors working together ;).

I took the picture with my iPhone and was able to convert it with iPhoto. One shortcoming however was that when you export a photo it allows you to change the size to small, medium, large and full size. I was missing the size in pixels here, the only way to find out what the program does is to do the export and look at the new file.

The new thumbnail now had to move to the blog, so where’s the ftp program? Well there isn’t, you can connect Finder to an ftp server but that only allows one way traffic. I could have used the terminal and start ftp from the command prompt but who wants to use that. On the Apple site I found a link to Transmit which has an idiot proof interface, perfect for me.