Sorry, no patriotic pictures of flags, kids or picnics. Not even fireworks.
Some of you have noted that I was having trouble with my laptop over the last couple of weeks. Turns out, the motherboard fried. I took it in to a local Nerd Herd to confirm the suspicions and found out that, as expected, all was without hope.
I had backed up my information on an external hard drive I had purchased for our home, so there was no loss of data. Just the grind of having to restore everything from a backup.
With the added pain of a whole new system. :)
Yep. I’ve done it. I went over to the “dark side.”
Yours truly is now sporting a brand new Macbook Black. No, not the Pro Series laptops, but I’m happy with the one I have. I know some are getting those high end laptops, but I have no idea how they have the money for it. Here’s a picture of the glowing white Apple on the back in the darkness of my home office as I take a break from working on my sermon.
I haven’t completely grasped the organizational structure, but they tell me it makes more sense when you do “get it.” I pray I “get it” soon.
I will say, though, that it is fast. Much faster than my old XP machine and light years ahead of my wife’s Vista machine. Yikes. That looks like a complete waste of money now. She waits and waits for it to do ANYTHING, but this Macbook just flies through whatever you tell it to do.
Also, shutting down and booting up is AWESOME. It’s almost NO TIME!
I still have to convert my iPod over to mac sync now. I have no idea how well that will go, but I hope it goes as easily and quickly as importing all of my music from the external hard drive into iTunes. Drag, drop and wait 20 mins to convert tons of audio, video and everything else. Done.
Oh. And it is light. It’s not the “Macbook Air,” but it is probably half the weight of my former laptop.
Finally, thanks to the advice of David Phillips, we got the extended warranty, which takes the 1 yr hardware and 90 phone support to 3 years each. David said that you should always do this with a laptop, because the manufacturers don’t allow you to simply buy and replace broken parts. If you break something, particularly something important, you have to send it in. Pretty soon, it is cheaper to simply buy a new computer.
Of course, that is how we got to where we are now, so we learned our lesson.
I’ve set up Firefox already and imported all my bookmarks with the Foxmarks Add-On. It syncs your bookmarks, personal structure and all, to the net and allows you to log on and bring them to another computer using Firefox.
Final thing: The whole “it just works” thing that mac users always throw around to pc users when their stuff is grinding and glitching… they don’t seem to be lying.
There you have it, boys and girls. Another one goes over…
As for the foto, I know it’s not much, but it is my first effort with the mac and using iPhoto with my Canon DSLR. I like the program. It looks promising. I’ll reserve judgement to see if it is as good as Adobe Lightroom, which is what I have been using.
You can check out my pre-Mac pics at the ol’ photoblog.