November 25 2005
I said to myself, I'm not going to do it. The Mac is a "home" computer, and I don't want to "work" from it. I want to do the fun stuff, like this:
But after a couple of days of fun, I thought it might be useful to be able to blog from the new iMac. So, I did what you would do -- I surfed over to the downloads on IBM developerWorks:Lotus and downloaded the trial of Lotus Notes 6.5 for Mac. Easy enough.
Problems cropped up immediately. The download comes down in .HQX format -- requiring Stuffit to unpack (which is not installed by default -- I learned that like the PC, .ZIP is the standard compression format for Mac users now). Stuffit has a brain-dead installer, too, and requires a Mac reboot for proper operation (strange, I thought this was a Mac!); I tried to unpack the .HQX several times before learning this. After reboot, things weren't much better -- the HQX unpacked partially, then asked for a "decryption passphrase". What the heck?
I tried both the 6.0.x and 6.5.x versions of the Notes Mac trial -- neither would unpack. Thus, I'm blogging back on my Thinkpad right now. I've installed other programs this morning -- Firefox and Skpe were both relatively painless. And most everything about the Mac has been easy so far. Just not my own product. And yes, I know, once I get it installed, I get to deal with font issues and all the rest.
Guys and gals, Macheads of the world, I feel your pain, no need to pile on. In the meantime, can you tell me the secret handshake to install my own product?