Fedex tracking says my new Apple MacBook Pro arrives this morning, so I've got to start thinking about how to handle this.
In general, I prefer to start fresh and bring things from the old machine only as I need them. On the other hand, in this particular situation, I am curious as to how Apple's migration assistant handles the transition to Intel. I guess it would be hard to get a situation where it wouldn't choose correctly, so I can probably skip that.
I do want to see how well Rosetta works (this is the "translator" software that lets PowerPC apps run on Intel OS X). Of course it will be slower than recompiled apps, but I wonder how it will compare to the same app running on my old iBook.
I'm really interested in Firefox, which has become dog-slow on my iBook. Safari is a much more responsive and even better looking browser, I think, but there are Firefox plugins that I really like and hate to give up.
I also need to think about wireless. I've never had it here in my office, and am still hesitant to employ it: I'm overly cautious, I guess. It would be convenient at times. But if I am going to buy a new router to get wireless ability, I have to also think about whether I want to keep Comcast or go with Verizon Fiber Optic. Comcast has been erratic and unreliable since we moved - TV, phone and Internet all have been acting up. I'm sure they will fix it all eventually: we had great performance at our other home for years. But right now it is very annoying to have things stutter or go entirely dead fairly regularly.
I can't imagine why I'd want the MacBooks built in camera. The irony of Apples' "1984" commercial isn't a factor, but as I don't even use text chat now, I sure can't imagine using video chat. What else would it be good for? Picture-Phone with Skype? I'm too old and grumpy.
But.. I am looking forward to seeing this machine. Full reports will probably take a week or so..
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