Sunday, December 27, 2009

The new MacBook Pro

I am in the midst of setting up my MacBook Pro (13") which replaces my four-year-old 12" Titanium PowerBook. The Titanium had pretty much recovered from The Cat Pee incident, but it wasn't able to run Snow Leopard. As I'm now commuting to Olympia, I needed a reliable laptop, and I want to be able to use Snow Leopard's "Back to My Mac" feature to access the iMac at home.

First impressions:
  • The new environmentally aware packaging is pretty elegant for cardboard. It was nice not to wrassle with a lot of plastic wrapping.
  • I like the magnetic power cord (not new on MacBooks, but new for me).
  • I love the backlit keyboard (again, not new for MacBooks, but new for me — I remember when this was just for the highest-end models).
  • Choosing an account photo made me smile — I recognized several of the images (flowers) from the early iCards galleries I worked with.
  • The screen seems wide, but not very tall.
  • The new track pad with one, two, three and four-finger controls looks intriguing.
  • I noticed that I will have been a member of .Mac (Mobile Me) for 10 years come Valentine's Day.
  • The set-up, including settings and a complete sync of mail, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, via Mobile Me was complete 30 minutes from when I opened the shipping box.
All that remains is to install Microsoft Office, iWork '09, Yojimbo (which syncs), and Storyist.

Tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. The track pad sounded like my Fingerworks keyboard (see http://www.fingerworks.com/userguides.html) -- not surprising since the creator of my keyboard is widely rumored to have been hired by Apple a few years ago. So I looked up the track pad. I found that it doesn't yet have the editing gestures I rely on, but I bet they are coming. I dread my Fingerworks keyboard dying someday; the same technology on a Mac might just get me to cross the Great Divide.

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  2. Thanks for tipping me off to Storyist. It looks really handy. Mac only, though... Hmmm...

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  3. Having similar fun setting up my new i7 iMac. Menumeters gives me a meter for each CPU thread so I have 8 meters strung out across my Menubar. Going to go with the single average meter to get back some real estate.

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  4. Having similar fun setting up my new i7 iMac. Menumeters gives me a meter for each CPU thread so I have 8 meters strung out across my Menubar. Going to go with the single average meter to get back some real estate.

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