October 29th, 2013

Comp Lounging

New Laptop

I got a new laptop yesterday. It's one of the new MacBook Pro models with retina display.

This was not a planned purchase. My current/old laptop was having clear signs of progressive hard disk failure. I made sure I had stuff backed up. I think it may be able to boot a few more times before completely seizing. It made it a bit over 4 years, with regular hauling in my satchel and bonking about on my commute.

The new computer is a bit smaller (13" replacing 15") but the new display completely makes up for it. Wow! It is so sharp and clear. I particularly notice this in text editing, actually... I can see the little serifs and angles in the glyphs so much more clearly that the letters just pop. (Yes, I'm a bit of a font geek and yes I strongly prefer serifed fonts. It irritates me that my work uses so much Arial.) It's excellent. I'm really looking forward to using this for writing.

Points for Apple's Time Machine. I never had need to use this so was skeptical, as you should be of any backup solution you haven't had to do a real recovery from. But it worked really well. Apps came back, even including (in most cases) the settings, licenses, and recently used files history. Smoother than I expected!

I'm also using Amazon Cloud Drive, since they have a nice Mac background app. Most of my documents, business papers, writings, and photos are in this. It mirrors into Amazon Cloud Drive and from there to my work laptop -- which meant my important docs remained accessible to me when my personal laptop started becoming unusable. Also really happy with how that worked.

So doing some tweaks but the new laptop largely set itself up automatically. Which is so amazing, given what losing a computer used to be like.