So I’ve had my new MacBook Pro for 5-days now. The little computer knowledge I have (and it’s VERY little indeed) has been limited to PC Windows. This isn’t PC Windows.
Pros: Perfect size and weight; the Retina screen image is to die for; the battery lasts forever (up to 7-hours); great build quality; love the color; like the ergonomics and keyboard design (everything is very minimal and uncluttered, very Zen-like).
Cons: My learning curve is way too slow; doesn’t come with a CD/DVD drive (but I hardly ever use one anyway, and the weight savings is probably worth it in the long run (fewer moving parts). I can always get an inexpensive external drive if I absolutely have to have one).
I think that I’m really going to like it once I’m back in my comfort zone. It’s just that all of the terminology is so different, and the OS X Mountain Lion operating system is quite different from my Windows XP operating system. Having said that, however, I have already organized my Desktop and have actually downloaded a few programs. I have my Email, Facebook, Expat Journal (my blog) and Indochine Photography (my photography website) all up and running. I’ve also downloaded a service called Overplay which assigns a USA IP address to my device which allows me to access Stateside television programming. So I am making slow and steady progress (I try to learn and implement something new everyday, instead of getting overwhelmed by trying to learn and do everything all at once). I’m all about reducing frustration at this point in my life.
Tomorrow I will start recreating my Photographic Tools Folder on the Mac. I have a number of post edit software programs that I will have to install (which will be a bit costly) including PhotoShop Elements 11. But I knew when I switched from PC to Mac I would have to duplicate my editing software. It’s kind of like buying new lenses for your camera if you ever switch from Nikon to Canon (or visa-a-versa).
So far I am very happy with my decision, especially reducing my screen size from 15″ to 13″. I really like the smaller dimensions, both size and weight, for the improved portability it provides. With the ultra-resolution of the Retina screen there isn’t any downside to having a smaller screen. Digital photo editing should be a pleasure. As I learn more I will post additional updates.
BTW, we have a real T-banger hanging over Merida. The thunder and lightning (not to mention the rain) have been real active for the past few hours. Love it. And for you Pedro Gonzalez fans out there, he just skittered across my bedroom wall without so much as a howdy-do. Little shitbird, I haven’t seen him in months and he can’t even say hola.