The exam went reasonably well, even if I did answer a question using Alice and Bob and their trusty friend Kevin the Kerberos server. There were also lots of questions about PGP, which is good since I know quite a bit about PGP, but it didn’t need to be a whole third of the paper.
I’ve also had more of a chance to play with the MacBook – the essentials such as Firefox, Thunderbird and Adium are all on there, and I’ve removed the trials of iWork and Microsoft Office. Whatever that Mac advert said about Macs being ready out of the box is not entirely true – you do get a lot of updates to install and some trial software to remove first, just like on some Windows PCs. Thankfully though said trial software isn’t on your desktop and in your face, and there’s certainly no downloading new drivers (but then I don’t think I’ve had to do driver updates when setting up a new PC before anyway).
The keyboard is nice but may take some getting used to – the caps lock key is huge compared to my old laptop and the enter button is quite small, so I keep TYPING IN CAPS when I mean to press ‘a’, and pressing ‘\’ instead of enter. It’s also closer to the US layout, with the @ symbol on shift+2 instead of shift+’, and certain special characters are in different places too. There’s also the lack of a right-click on the trackpad.
But on the whole, I’m really happy with it so far. Now back to revision…