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I LOVE living in the future!

So, a few hours ago, I opened the box with my new MacBook Pro inside. Plugged it in, powered it up, followed the first step...maybe even the first two. Then I clicked on a button saying I wanted help transferring my files from another Mac. Followed those couple of steps -- connected Firewire cable, restarted old Mac holding down "T" key, said the equivalent of "have at it," then turned my attention to my desktop Mac to type in recipes for the cookbook I'm trying to get done for my niece and her fiance. It will personalize the KitchenAid mixer I shipped to them several weeks back as a wedding present.

Finished typing the last of the recipes a short time later. The transfer was still underway, so I washed some dishes, emptied the cooler I used to transport deviled eggs and related kitchen kipple in this past weekend, then came back to my desk to watch the last few minutes of 60 gigs of transfer.

Disconnected Firewire cable, turned off old laptop, and started poking around the new one. There are a few anomolies -- some fonts came cleanly into the Suitcase database, others look a tad confused. One program needs to be reinstalled. One of my printer locations disappeared; two new ones turned up. That sort of thing.

In a perverse way, I'm glad there are a few glitches. It only seems right that way. Right as in "real."

Because everything else...well, it's seamless. The new computer is talking not only to itself, but to the world. I didn't have to install everything program by program. I didn't have to remember what I'd upgraded, or go visit a kazillion websites to download software updates. It looks like I'm up and running.

Yowser.

I'll no doubt find other oddities in the days and weeks ahead. And, yes, on my upcoming driving trip, I'm taking along the old'n'dying laptop as a weak backup if I get really stuck with something that didn't survive the transfer process. But those appear to be the exception rather than the rule.

I love living in the future. I also love replacing a computer before the previous one resembles something other than a rock.

For the curious, I have the baseline model. Would have bought the "ultimate" with its faster hard drive and improved pixel count, but none of the three Apple stores I called had 'em in stock and dealing with mail order this week was too problematic. This one is plenty good enough. The Apple employees in Stamford, CT, mentioned that they don't sell many of the 17" models, and asked why I was choosing it when I came in late on a Sunday afternoon knowing what I wanted. Why? Because I'm not going back, not after 3 years of seeing just how much the comfort the extra screen real estate adds to everything I do on it. Especially layout.

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lesliet_ma
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
Well, that must be a relief. I am always slightly hysterical when I'm in-between computers. Although Macs are usually so good about transferring cleanly, assuming your old one isn't corrupted.

I've started doing almost daily mirror backups to one of a pair of hard disks that I keep next to my comfy chair where I usually sit when using my laptop. So I'm hoping that next time I have to switch to a new computer it will be pretty easy.

How long did you have the previous one?
gerisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Yes, it's a huge relief. Enormous. I had no idea it would be so easy. I thought I had several hours of inserting original program disks into the CD/DVD drive, hoping to have the right information at hand for a successful installation of each one. At this point, I have one (count it, one) program that needs to be replaced/reinstalled. Replaced, I think.

There are some things that don't work. PageMaker isn't supported in this architecture. There doesn't seem to be a Classic mode at all. That will keep me from updating to 10.4 on my desktop computer, although that will be tricky because I need to upgrade to Creative Suite 3, which requires 10.4 to run. Trade-offs!

I had Brick for 3 years. That seems to be how long laptops work for me. Got the first one in 1998, needed the second in 2001 though put off getting it until the very beginning of 2002, the next one in 2004, and this one in 2007.
drplokta
Jun. 12th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
10.4 still has a Classic mode on PPC Macs -- it's the change of CPU architecture to Intel that stops Classic from working, not the change in OS version.
gerisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Thank you! That means I should be able to install 10.4 on my Mac-on-a-stick and still run PageMaker as well as Creative Suite 3. Whoohoo!

(Yes, I still need to check system requirements to confirm my Mac-on-a-stick can run 10.4.)
talyen
Jun. 12th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
new macs
You are smart to have done the transfer that way. I chose to do the manual way, since I had too much OS9 stuff on my old iBook that I just didn't care about keeping to save. It was more of a pain, but ... still simple compared to the non-Mac horror.

I love the out-of-the-box fun! We had an impromptu Mac jam session with my MacBook Pro when we unpacked it. I learned GarageBand basics right away!
gerisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Re: new macs
Yep. I scared myself by filming a video using iSight and iMovie -- I've never gone in for any of that stuff.

It's okay. I threw the video away. Nobody but me ever needs to see me exercising to Robert Preston's "Chicken Fat"!
bohemiancoast
Jun. 12th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
The one time I have replaced a Mac so far -- when I upgraded my desktop from a 15" G4 iMac to a 20" G5 iMac -- was my single favourite Mac experience ever (and you know I'm a complete Apple junkie).

Basically, I plugged the old computer into the new one, went away for two hours, and came back to find, essentially, my computer just as I'd left it, except much more powerful, with loads of free hard disk space, and much more screen real estate. And a short list, which the computer provided, of things that might have gone wrong and which I should check out. After years of, well, having to spend an entire day moving stuff over and checking settings, it was just amazing.

I'm gearing up to replace my laptop, now aged 3 1/2; I spent quarter of an hour in the Apple store staring at the same picture on the two screen options side by side. But I think I will go for matte and I bet you have too.
jane_dennis
Jun. 13th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Cool for you, and bodes well for the future for us. Generally when I added a new Windows machine, it took A WEEK for me to get everything transferred and really up and running again. Yeah, a lot was done in a day, but reinstalling everything - I always estimated it would take a few hours, and it always took a bloody week.

As recent (2 years now) Mac converts, it sounds like most of our Mac experience so far: things mostly just work. Whoa! How weird is that!?

We are buying Macs for the Community Development office as fast as our small budget can afford them, and every time I have to deal with the Windows machines that are left, I am reminded of why I love our Macs.
madtruk
Jun. 14th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Just another Mac experience-

Recently I upgraded the hard drive in our year-old MacBook. The process is layed out on Apple's site, and aside from a shielding panic on my part, went flawlessly. We use a simple program called BackUp Simplicity and backed up our entire drive, system and all to an external, then hit one click and restored it to the MacBook.

Absolutely _nothing_ was lost, wrong, or even funny.

Love it.

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