Next Laptop

So despite Steve Jobs' foolishness, I've decided no longer to resist the pull of Parallels, TextMate, SpotLight, QuickSilver, and NewsFire (tho I'm still quite happy with BlogBridge). My next laptop will be a 3GB/ 160GB 2.33GHz MacBook Pro

Still will have Ubuntu on other machines, and/or as a virtual machine. It just keeps getting better and better.

Nuff said. Oh, except to say, I may get an iPhone when Java's on it.

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Went through a similar thought process about 2 months. I have a MacBook Pro with 2.33GHz Intel. But, to be quite honest I am a little disappointed wit the MacBook Pro. Yes, it's nice. But, it doesn't live up to the hype it seems to get and/or I have or had too high of expectations.

Posted by huntch on January 21, 2007 at 01:22 AM EST #

Hi huntch (Charlie Hunt?) So in what ways didn't it live up? Were you using any of the add-on software I mentioned? Best regards, David

Posted by David Coldrick on January 21, 2007 at 03:59 AM EST #

I did the same thing 2 weeks ago. Instead of going out and buying it at the store I got a Apple Developer Connection Select membership ($500) and got $500 off for the MBP buying it from the ADC hardware store. Pretty sweet deal!! I also have Parallels, Textmate (for RoR), QS and NewNewsWire for reading feeds. Altho I have NewsFire from MacHeist.

Posted by Vineet Bhatia on January 21, 2007 at 05:45 AM EST #

Yes, David, that would be me (Charlie Hunt). I bought my MacBook Pro from, (located in Los Angeles), for good $500 less than the Apple Store. No, I haven't been running any of the software you mentioned, (I should check them out). I found the Mac's usability, user interface and intended work flow a little hard to get used to for some things. Of course there are some things I find it is rather good, (i.e. getting connected to wireless networks and adding printers). The one thing I found the hardest to get used to was the fact that the menu items are not on the window, (like they are on most other user interfaces), they are at the top of the screen. My wife said the same thing and she's not a computer geek like me. I also found it not nearly as responsive as I thought it might be given all the touting Intel has been making around its Duo Core. Quite honestly I find my AMD Turion in my Acer Ferrari to be more responsive, (running Solaris Nevada or Ubuntu AMD64 Dapper Drake).

Posted by huntch on January 21, 2007 at 08:13 AM EST #

I got my MacBook Pro two days ago and IMO it's a wonderful machine! Instead of Parallels I use VMware Fusion.

Posted by Lars Fischer on January 21, 2007 at 07:33 PM EST #

Hi Charlie, Interesting about the usability. Certainly for someone who's used to windows (and probably gnome/kde), it's different. But my mother (now 86, got her first computer - a Mac - at 70) has never had a real problem. Looking forward to the experience, anyway :-D

Posted by David Coldrick on January 21, 2007 at 09:02 PM EST #

Tend to agree that most people who haven't used a computer before that the Mac user interface is easier to learn than any other. Btw, I rarely ever boot Windows. In fact the only machine I have it running on is a laptop at home that my wife uses to get at her work stuff via VPN. I find myself using OpenSolaris and Ubuntu (AMD 64) most of the time. I'd say I'm most familar with Solaris than any other OS. I looked a Parallels you mentioned in your blog. That really looks compelling. I'll probably load it my new MacBook Pro and then install Solaris & I'm gonna try Ubuntu even though they don't explicitly mention it as being supported, (I they're missing a big Linux market by not providing support for it). Actually I'm looking forward to playing with Parallels.

Posted by huntch on January 21, 2007 at 09:30 PM EST #

I was surprised too that they didn't explicitly mention Ubuntu. However, I doubt you'll have any problems. I notice in the FC of the next version that they support import of vmware vms as well. About the only functionality that seems to be missing - at least for personal use - is checkpoint/ snapshot. But even in vmware that's rather clunky. Probably easier to make a backup at an appropriate time.

Posted by David Coldrick on January 21, 2007 at 09:51 PM EST #

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