Yes, the Apple thing is getting better. Madden figured out all my mistakes the other day, and now I'm happily back to reading blogs and exploring the new features of this computer.
The one, really sad, harsh realization is that I am no longer able to use my beloved, dependable Homeschool Tracker! (ha! look! I managed to copy and paste a hyperlink today! :-) ) They don't have a program for Macintosh, and while some people are willing to download other programs to enable them to use the Tracker, we're not. Because, after all, we got the Mac to get away from Windows.
So, after a fair amount of panic, and wondering how the heck I would manage to homeschool and stay on track, I found an alternative.
It remains to be seen how good an alternative it is, but I'm hopeful. This one is Homeschool Skedtrack. It's free (I'm worried that I'll get what I pay for!), and is all online, so I can access it anywhere and I don't have to worry about losing my data if the hard drive crashes.
Thus far, I think the data entry is much simpler---unless I'm missing something because I haven't watched all the tutorial videos yet. I just dove in as I usually do. I think it's beauty, if that's the right word, lies in changing the activity after the fact and putting in the grade if someone took a test. In other words, I don't have to schedule out every single page to read and exercise to do.
Unfortunately, I still have to go down to the basement and finish wrapping up all of last year on the old computer while it still has a printer and still works. I'll be printing out all the old reports---transcripts and anything else I might need---before the computer self-destructs.
And before the State comes knocking at my door to see how I'm educating my children!