So I went ahead and ordered a maxed-out black MacBook, not a Pro, ignoring the advice of the majority of people who commented on my earlier consideration of the choice. I’m blogging from it.
Look, I diss Apple quite a bit in this space, but there are some things they get right; in particular the thing (I’m sure it has a name), where after collecting your name and address, the new laptop says “got an old Mac you want to transfer from?” and if you say yes, you plug in the FireWire, and in a couple of hours, your new Mac is your old Mac.
To an amazing degree, it just works.
The Hardware · Off the top, I have no gripes with the glossy screen, and I find I can type about as fast as I did on the PowerBook, which, given that I’ve only been here a couple hours, suggests that I’ll be faster soon.
None of the apps I’m running except maybe Camino show off the performance of the CPU, which ought to be quite a bit snappier than the PowerBook’s. Well, the fact that Photoshop Elements 3 running in emulated mode is more or less about as fast is indicative. How ’bout a Universal Binary there, Adobe? I’ll have to get around to firing up iMovie HD soon.
The trackpad seems quite a bit better at ignoring spurious input than the PowerBook’s.
Gripes · The things that transferred did not include my many httpd.conf customizations, so I can’t run the Ape and it doesn’t assume that a URI that doesn’t end in an extension is in HTML and UTF-8.
A few of my settings didn’t transfer, oddly enough, and it took a while to sync up with the Time server; but that was easy to fix.
I pretty quickly discovered there was no
/usr/local and in
fact no developer tools; had to go back and install ’em off the DVD. No
biggie I guess.
I have to tap the trackpad quite a bit harder than I did on the PowerBook, it’s still ignoring me half the time. Sidetrack used to let me remap the button to right-click, I’ll have to check whether that still works; otherwise the button will be wasted.
Conundrum · I’ve got a ton of code around from Fink and apt-get all setting in /sw/. For example, mysql. I guess that’s all running under Rosetta now. I wonder if there’s a one-liner to swap in Intel binaries for all of those?