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Feb 21

MacBook Pro Experience

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So far I have been pretty happy with the MacBook Pro. I have been waiting a long time to have an OSX laptop that matches my PC laptop speed.

It isn’t all honey though. I have run into a few issues:

  • Left shift key was a bit sticky at first (I really don’t want to have to send this back!)
  • Of course, a lot of software hasn’t been updated to Universal Binary yet. E.g. fink
  • A few strange errors. For example, when running % svn checkouts I sometimes get IO errors which is very annoying

I was expecting a few tough times, yet over time it will only get better.

I am just happy to be able to run IntelliJ IDEA with snappiness.

And iPhoto does scroll like butter.

7 Responses to “MacBook Pro Experience”

  1. Sam Pullara Says:

    I’ve been using SVN on my Intel Mac for about 8 months. Did you recompile it or are you using Rosetta to run it?

  2. Geert Bevin Says:

    Hi Dion,

    what’s the battery life like? Apple’s website doesn’t even mention it yet, so I’l really curious to know.

    Best regards,


  3. James Says:

    you mean, – like ‘a hot knife through’ butter..

    scrolling like butter is not a good thing :)

  4. Mark Denovich Says:

    Apple screwed up my order. I had ordered the day after the keynote, so I was expecting delivery this week. When I checked my order status Monday night, it had finally updated… with a new ship date of 3/21. Somehow I was booted to the end of the queue. People ordering that day were getting 3/21 ship dates. Apple “customer service” told me there was nothing they could do.

    Apple effectively took a big crap on my belated Christmas, so I canceled my order. I was pretty disappointed.

    Oh well. Another few years with another Dell for me.

  5. Riyad Kalla Says:

    Not to rain on your parade but Apple did the same thing to a lot of people, namely Me (I order an hour after the keynote) and I got a shipment notice 3 days ago at midnight. I think they just did that “to be safe”, anyway my MBP gets here tommorow.

    I would like to add that if you cancelled an order for a potentially $3k laptop out of anger, you probably didn’t need it in the first place and are better served keeping that money in your wallet.

  6. Jesse Wilson Says:

    Try Darwin Ports instead of Fink, I find it’s a lot simpler and more reliable:

  7. Mark Denovich Says:

    Why does everyone feel the need to defend Apple for unacceptably crappy service? Feel free to tell me that you’d have waited for one, but don’t tell me what I should have done.

    You’re right though, I didn’t really _need_ a $3k MacBook Pro. A sub $2k Dell with better specs will do just fine. I was buying the MacBook as a toy, which is why I was willing to pay the premium, and why once they ruined the fun, why I was OK about cancelling it.

    I run IntelliJ IDEA, Firefox, and Photoshop. My current Dell does all of those well, and the new one will surely do it better/faster.

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