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Mac Book Pro

I have seen some nice computers in my time, but I just brought home a Mac Book Pro, and it takes all the prizes. This is one very sweet machine.

Firstly, it is elegant. Sleek, slim, silver, and with a really bit screen. All the ports and buttons are discreetly located in appropriate but unobtrusive areas. The screen is bright. The keyboard is pleasant and smooth. Someone clearly spent a lot of time thinking through the form factor of this device.

When you turn it on it helpfully works you through the initial setup which includes wireless networking. This is smooth as silk. It just works. No troubles, no complications, no strange files to edit, no wierd directories to find. You just turn it on, and it works.

Setting up email, browsers, contacts, calendars, etc. is equally no-brainer. There are simply no issues. It all just works.

And the machine appears to be fast! I am running Quake4, and it's smooth and very pretty.

I'm not done setting it up yet. I don't have my favorite compilers loaded. And I havent loaded the Mac development environment either. But if the rest goes as simply and intutitively as the initial setup, then this will be the easiest computer I've ever had to set up. (Except, perhaps, for my first Mac 128 in 1983.)

This is how it was suposed to be.

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 Mon, 17 Jul 2006 05:48:03, Steve Bate, Me too!
I bought an 20" iMac about a month ago. First ever apple computer. 2GB RAM, 2Ghz Dual Core, 256MB Video card.

I too use Visual Studio 2005 under parallels and performance is great. XP startup time is so much quicker when you can just suspend and resume. And in combination with Virtue Desktops ( it becomes one cool PC. Being able to rotate the screen with a cube effect from OS X desktop to Windows desktop and back again looks amazing. One thing I've really noticed though is that OS X is so damn good I find myself using XP less and less!
 Fri, 2 Jun 2006 16:42:16, Uncle Bob, Macbook pro for windows.
I've been using Parallels, and it works great. I've installed cygwin, office, Visual Studio, etc. No problems at all. And it's great to have a stop button on windows. Put's it in it's place!
 Thu, 25 May 2006 10:54:08, Matisse Enzer, Want a Unix boox to go with it? (shameless plug department)
If you are interested in perhaps writing a review (no obligation), I can send you a copy of my book "Unix for Mac OS X"
 Wed, 24 May 2006 01:09:24, Kelley Harris, ? Using the Mac for Development for Windows Work Too? How?
If by chance you are planning to use the Mac for Windows work too, I'd love to hear stories of how well that works. (Emulation? Dual booting? Compiler choices? etc.) I'd like to be using a Mac too. But so far most of my work is on Windows and Linux.

 Sun, 21 May 2006 00:48:21, Dave Astels, Mac OS X
Other than maybe the speed... that's just OS X at work.

We put Tiger on a couple cicra 2000 iMacs for the boys.. same thing.

And the packaging is about the same as late model PowerBooks[?].

Yes... all most excellent.. but just everyday stuff with a Mac.

Glad you're liking it... and welcome.