I have a Mac!

My old Dell laptop from SeeBeyond was growing long in the tooth and I've been fortunate enough to be the recipient of a brand new 15" MacBook Pro. I'm not the only one as my co-worker Rich Sharples has also blogged about his.

In my case, I was moving from Windows XP with it being my primary OS for the past few years. I do have a Solaris machine at work as a box running Linux at home and used a Mac for work many years ago so I am by no means unfamiliar with other OSs. Unfortunately I got my a week ago today and with a busy week didn't get to do much until this weekend.

The lovely new machine, thanks to my helpful IT staff, came with Firefox, Thunderbird, NeoOffice, and Parallels installed, Parallels with a Windows XP VM as well as a couple Solaris VMs. The machine boots and performs very well with the GUI being very slick, but I actually don't fawn over fancy GUIs that much so that isn't a big deal for me.

I've installed a few apps, first the Java EE 5 SDK Tools Bundle and then Skype. I also installed Apple's XCode to get a C compiler.

I have successfully moved most of my files over and moved my mail so I am now using the Mac as my primary machine. I agree with Rich that the mouse button seems a little high. Just doesn't seem necessary to be that high.

Overall, I'm very happy with it and expect to be learning more over the next few weeks.
Comments:

Is it smooth to running Windows XP in Parallels ?

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Posted by Ron on April 02, 2007 at 04:40 PM PDT #

Yeah, it actually works reasonably well. Yesterday I installed Java CAPS in the XP VM (it doesn't support Mac OS/X today) and things got a bit slow during installation, but otherwise everything worked fine.

I've also run Solaris in Parallels and it works great too.

Posted by Kevin Schmidt on April 03, 2007 at 03:28 AM PDT #

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