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Switching to a MacBook Pro

A little while ago, I got my hands on a MacBook Pro.  I’ve been slowly switching over to it as my primary machine.  It’s pretty.  It’s fast.  When using it, I feel calm and happy as if I’m sitting in a japanese garden.  (I bet if it wasn’t so expensive, this effect wouldn’t be so pronounced.  But that is part of the charm too.)  I haven’t had the guts to switch over to it as my mail e-mail machine yet, but maybe the new .mac email will convince me.  Here are a couple of thoughts on why I’m liking it better than my Dell Latitude.

Power management.  It wakes up instantly when you pop the lid, and it doesn’t need to blunder around trying to reconnect to the wifi network — if it was connected when you closed the lid, it will be connected when you open it.  It dims & then blacks the screen pretty quickly.  But unlike a windows machine, I don’t feel a need to stop it, because I know it will wake up again.  It never gets stuck in this half-awake mode that windows laptops seem to love.  And I’m confident I will never open the lid to see it saying "Hibernating…" and then have it shut down.  A friend who works at MSFT once sang me a jingle that goes something like "Power management in windows isn’t very good.  They say it will be better in the next version.  They always do."

Filesystem.  When you erase a file, it goes away.  OS X never sits there pondering "Can I erase this file?  I wonder.  Hmmm.  Maybe.  If I erase it, what could happen?  Hmm.  I wonder.  Let me think about this for a minute."  While I generally don’t think much of unixy/open-source GUIs, having a rock-solid filesystem behind this machine is really nice.

Light-sensitive.  Here’s one of those really nice subtle touches that most people will never notice, but just makes the machine work better.  The MacBook has light-sensors under the grills on the sides of the keyboard.  If you’ve got one, try covering them up with your hands.  The screen dims.  It uses this to automatically adjust the screen brightness to the ambient light in the room.  Nice touch.

MagSafe power connector.  I never need to worry about tripping over my laptop’s charger and having my expensive laptop flung off the table.  That’s a nice patent.  I wonder how broad it is.  Really, alot of plugs could be magnetic.  But honestly I think that most new consumer electronics won’t need any cables in about 10 years.  In about 5 years, Bluetooth (or its ilk) will handle data interconnects, and in another 5 years, we’ll be charging our batteries without plugs either by using inductive battery chargers or smart wire arrays that automatically couple to any device placed on them.  I also have to say that while the magsafe plug is great, Apple has a few things to learn from Dell about how to build the charger unit.

A few annoying things:  The keyboard controls for editing text just aren’t as full-featured in macworld as they are in windows.  You are expected to use the mouse.  It’s hard to type as fast. 

But hands-down the best feature of the MacBook Pro: MacSabre.  Props to my old friend Jon Bell for a nice logo.

I also got Woz to sign it the other day.  Woz is rad!

Woz signed my MacBook

  1. RakDaddy says:

    If you haven't seen it (and all MacSabre users should), check out my friend Matt, pre-emptively embarrassing his kids:

  2. Kenneth says:

    Congrats on the MBP. I'm still using a dual G4.

    Anyway, I met Steve last night at UW. Although, I didn't bring my iBook for him to sign, I bought those vintage Apple mouse pads and iWoz with me.

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