Hello New MacBook Pro

After months of rumors and months of me needing a new computer, Apple finally announced this past Tuesday the launch of their new MacBook Pro line up with the Intel core i5 and i7 chips.

It's shiny and New As of yesterday afternoon, I’m now the official owner of the new MacBook Pro 15.4″ Intel core i7 computer. YEAH! I have been waiting since November for a new computer. As much as I loved my previous MacBook Pro, it just wasn’t functioning at the speed I needed to handle my new found interest in photo editing. My hard disk space wasn’t sufficient, my RAM power wasn’t sufficient and my battery wasn’t what it used to be. That said I still was able to do everything else that I needed to do and the computer never “really” failed me before.

I had first went to Simply Computing, where I purchased my initial MacBook Pro 4 years ago, and was hoping to be able to pick up my computer on a payment plan as before. I went through all the paper work, got approved for a new Simply Computing card, and walked away from the store with the hopes of a new computer coming in the next few days for me to pick up. Alas the next morning I was called by the store to tell me that unfortunately their rules for payment plan had changed and they could only allow a payment plan for 12 months on a maximum of $2,000. Now the computer itself is over $2200 before taxes and I couldn’t come up with the difference (including Applecare). So I had to sadly cancel the order.

Russ, knowing how much I had wanted a new computer, took it upon himself to visit Future Shop and inquire about payment plan. He took out a card on the spot was told that he could place the computer on a payment plan with no problem, and get this, even with a cheaper administration fee than Simply Computing was offering. I had told him to go ahead and order the computer on Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon Future Shop had called during my lunch break and we quickly went to the store to pick it up.

When I first took the computer out of the box, it felt bigger than mine for some reason. I couldn’t place why it felt more like a 17″ computer. When I placed it side by side to my older MacBook Pro, it was a few fractions of an inch bigger, but not by much.

I was told to use the Migration tool in the Mac OS to transfer my files and I tried to do it wirelessly, but alas for some reason my computer wouldn’t recognize the other on the network. Since I had performed a backup via Time Capsule a few days ago I used that as my migration of files. It took only about an hour to have the files transferred, but I didn’t notice anything differently. I began to delete some program files I didn’t want anymore; such as my Canon Utility programs that came with my camera. When I went to empty out my trash can, the computer began to delete over 16,000 files. I began to panic a bit as I wasn’t sure what it was deleting. I left it to complete the deletion and I would look at it afterwards in the morning to see if the computer was ok.

This morning I restarted my computer and just as it came up, it had the dashboard as my old MacBook Pro. All my items were as it was. YEAH!

So I’ve been tweaking it a bit today and I’m not finding anything out of place or not functioning. I’m so happy with it right now. I’m enjoying the speed of it. Things are loading much faster and programs are working nicely including Aperture 3 which I’ll be using more regularly moving forward.

This weekend I will strip my older MacBook Pro and install Snow Leopard OS to it and sell it.

I Got Me a Snow Leopard

I’ve been a Mac guy now for 3 years. I’ve loved the moved from the PC world to the Mac world and I have no regrets.

I have been using Tiger for the past 3 years now and my MacBook Pro has been acting sluggish lately that I have started to think of buying myself a new computer. Though the price of a new MacBook Pro is still hard to swallow ($2600), I was starting to think long and hard, especially when Apple announced their new operating system Snow Leopard.

I knew I wasn’t going to spend the $160 to upgrade to Leopard and then $35 to upgrade to Snow Leopard when I was only a few months short form probably purchasing a new MacBook Pro. But then a good friend of mine, during the Friday launch, told me that I could just purchase the $35 upgrade and it would convert my Tiger into a Snow Leopard. So I purchased it on his advice and also his reassurance that if it didn’t work, he would buy it off me.

Photo by Tris Hussey

So here I was at Future Shop on Friday afternoon purchasing the Snow Leopard operating system.

I got home that night and started to read if it was true about upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard. I was pleasantly surprised that it was true. The upgrade was actually a full install. I couldn’t pass it up I had to install Snow Leopard that night.

I performed my backups to make sure all my important data files were secure and I proceeded to upgrade. I was scared to death as I have performed this same task many times with Windows and it never went smoothly. I thought the worst case scenerio was that I would have to install Tiger back and begin from scratch.

I was pleasantly pleased how easy the process was. One click and a reboot and Apple took care of everything. Granted at one point during the install the “42 minutes” left stayed for a fairly long time. At that point I just took Junior and went for a walk.

When I got back my system was back up and I was now running Snow Leopard. Yeah that easy! The simplest operating system install I have EVER done!

I quickly began starting some my programs to see if they were compatible and running and I had no problems. Everything was great.

I felt like I got myself a new computer. Everything seems to look crisper. Icons look great, the system loads quickly, and some how I’ve gained more than 20GB of space. Yeah I can’t explain it either as most I’ve heard of you get back about 7GB of space. I’m not complaining mind you, but very happy indeed!

As I’m a Tiger user, I’m not use to a lot of the features Leopard users are used to, including Time Machine, Expose, and Spaces. These are all new to me and I’ve managed to get all but Time Machine working. For some reason everytime I try to create a time machine, it doesn’t see my Network Drive and it always opens Airport Utility.

After a full day of using Snow Leopard, my computer is new and improved. The $35 investment has given my 3 year old MacBook Pro some new life and I probably won’t be getting a new computer just yet.