Getting a MacBook Pro

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Chuck Toporek
Jan. 18, 2006 08:10 PM
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As I've mentioned in earlier blog posts, I have the oldest running PowerBook in O'Reilly. At present, I'm using a 667 MHz PowerBook G4 with 768 MB RAM -- a TiBook. Aside from a minor problem that came with the PowerBook when it arrived (the wireless antenna wire wasn't, um, wired), my O'Reilly-issued PowerBook has served me well. And despite the fact that the display cracked (due to no fault of my own, mind you), and that it's titanium casing shields all WiFi signals (which forced me to get a PCMCIA wireless card), it's been a faithful little road warrior.

I use this little silver puppy for pretty much everything I do work-wise (I have a Mac mini that I use for personal use, and a G4 tower that I keep handy as a test machine for when it comes to new OS builds), but she's starting to look her age. The paint on the outter rim is chipping off, the latch doesn't work 90% of the time, and the batteries are usable as long as I remember which one I need to swap out before it hits 30% life and just forces my machine into a safe sleep mode.

But like I said, the silver puppy's been a good machine. I use it for everything from testing applications, to writing and editing books in Microsoft Word or BBEdit, to creating graphics with Adobe's CS2 (using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, mostly), and on occasion, playing Halo when nighttime falls and the need to de-stress is upon me. So after last week's Macworld SteveNote, I nudged our Mac sysadmin, Chris Stone, and asked what he thought the chances were of me getting one of the new MacBook Pro's. He said he'd check, I sent him a wish-list spec for the MBP of my dreams, and I left it at that.

Then yesterday, Chris pops up on iChat to let me know that a PO had been put in for me to get a MacBook Pro. Imagine that! Cool! I was so happy about that that I forgot to look at the specs he sent me, and I guess I could go dig through my iChat logs and see, but really, who cares...I'm getting a new Mac. Well, okay, not right now, but sometime next month, a new box will arrive here at my "home/office" in Portland, Oregon, and I'll soon be driving one of the new Intel-based Power...er...MacBook Pros.

As such, my plan is to blog my experiences with the new MacBook Pro for the first few weeks. From opening the box and setting up the MBP, to transferring my data and reporting back on how Rosetta performs, since I have a feeling that I'll be using it quite a bit until my favorite apps are available as Universal Binaries (which could be a while). Of course, the app I'm dying to try out most on the new MacBook Pro is Aperture.

If there's something you'd like me to report on, or a particular app you'd like me to try out (and if it isn't in my arsenal of apps, please feel free to send yours along), let me know by posting a comment below. If I have the app, I'll gladly report on how it performs on the new MBP and/or under Rosetta.

So, stay tuned to this blog in February. I'll let you all know when delivery is expected, and we'll let the show run from there.

Ciao for now!
-- Chuck

Chuck Toporek is a Mac technology geek and a senior acquisitions editor with Addison-Wesley, a division of Pearson Education. He is the author of three Mac books and one medical book, and he has written for MacAddict and Macworld magazines.