Well, I went and did it. I got a 15″ “MacBook Pro”:http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/ to replace my Dell. The new Mac was supposed to come in more of the April/May timeframe, but then the Dell had a little explosion — a flash of light, an overpowering smell of ozone, and then it wouldn’t turn on for two days (remarkably, after a weekend turned off, the Dell worked fine). That put a crimp in my plans for productivity and whatnot, and I couldn’t quite trust a sparky laptop, so MacBook Pro time it was. And it’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. It feels great, and I love it.
Apple of course made the out-of-box experience a good one, something I really try to imitate in “my own company”:http://dinetothrive.com:
And it said hello!
I guess great new things make me happy
So far, it’s been a great computer, although of course there’s a lot to get used to, and it’ll take days to get all my data over. But a few things are obvious:
* Boy, everything’s beautiful
* Typical programs have distinctly better interaction design than equivalent Windows programs
* Of course, the one major exception thus far is “SCPlugin”:http://scplugin.tigris.org/, which I will use everyday, and which is decidedly less-convenient than “TortoiseSVN”:http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/
* zOMG!!1! SSH set-up in 5 minutes? How is it so absurdly difficult on Windows? Yay for SVN+SSH and SFTP!
* The Dock isn’t any better… but it’s still ok, and no worse than the Taskbar
* Two-finger scroll and right-click on the trackpad is _brilliant_
* Ahh, Fn-delete is Delete… *phew*
* Lighted keyboard is all I’d hoped
* “MagSafe”:http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/design.html has already saved me once!
* The Dashboard seems like it’ll be way more useful than I had thought from seeing friends use it
* iCal + Mail.app + Address Book + OmniFocus seems like a very capable combination
* Dock on the bottom looks like crap, but Dock on the left is convenient, useful, and looks nice
* My Dine to Thrive Business Plan and Financial Projections, which ask quite a lot of, respectively, Word and Excel, seem to open with no problems in Mac Excel
But then there’s a few concerns too:
* New firewall in Leopard… I’m not sure if it’s blocking anything, but I sure hope it is! Also, should be on by default, I almost didn’t think to turn it on.
* Speaking of security, I’m so used to having to run as an Administrator in XP that it didn’t occur to me to create a non-Admin user for my everyday use, at first
* Now that I’m not running as an Administrator, I’m having to authenticate for sudo all the time… not a problem, because that’s a side-effect of set-up (how many things have I installed?), but I can understand how Vista users go crazy
* It wasn’t obvious that the way to get multi-user log-in for the screensaver was to turn on Fast User Switching, but I guess it makes sense now that I think about it (shouldn’t Fast User Switching be on by default?)
* “Quicksilver”:http://docs.blacktree.com/quicksilver/what_is_quicksilver seems really powerful but I’ve got sooo much to learn, it’s pretty intimidating — surprising, given “what I used on my PC”:http://wadearmstrong.com/archives/productivity/boost_your_windows_productivity_with_launchy_and_autohotkey.php
* Boy, I’m installing a _lot_ of beta software… I guess Leopard’s pretty new
* Can’t decide if the Dock is hidden by default or not, for best interface usability
* Yikes, which text editor? There’s so many! Fortunately, they all look good
Anyway, it looks like another few hours before I’m even in the position to start moving stuff over from my PC, so real productivity will have to wait. But that’s ok; the fooling with it is half the fun!