Monday, July 03, 2006

New MacBook

I recently got a new MacBook (duel core OSX).. so far I am loving it!. It's so much faster than my old PC laptop (which wasn't that quick anyway, so thats not saying much). In other words, all the Rails stuff generators etc run in seconds (or fractions there of) not minutes. I am getting used the different window paradigm. Learning the new key mapping seems the hurdle. I used to use linux back at uni (in 1994) so terminal is like an old friend. I love the software installation process (drag things from mounted drives to the applications directory). it is so light! I can hardly feel I am carrying it around. My old laptop powersupply probably weighed the same as my macbook. Things I would change are:

The mouse sometimes seems to freeze for a second after switching application. The screen is wide, but small, so the text is tiny. I think i would have appreciated getting the Pro with the larger screen. The macbook doesn't have enough space for my hands to rest while I type so my palms get a bit sore resting in the sharp corner the edge of the machine presents when open.

Another big win is knowing that if I shut the mac, no matter what is running it will hibernate. With windows if I had a browser open or webrick running it somtimes failed to hibernate. This meant I had to sit there attempting to hibernate it and killing processes till it worked. Not ideal.

Oh and battery life! My laptop was down to about 1hr before it died. The macbook lasts abount 3 to 4 hours, so thats a big improvement.

All in all, I am very happy with it.
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