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New Laptop [Oct. 29th, 2013|09:50 am]
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.

From: endmouse
2013-10-29 11:45 pm (UTC)


Congratulations! My only regret in not seeing you in CA was not having my latest q's a'd. I had a list! But seeing Lottie and Kit was a great substitute.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2013-11-03 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool beans! Yes, the retina displays do look rather nice. I'm looking forward to plenty of examination thereof in the future. ^_^

I still rather wish there were a 17" model at full 4K resolution, ie 3840 x 2160 (or 2400, if doubling the final 17" model's pixel count). It does make for a heavier unit, but 7lb's not burdensome. Instead, I had to settle for 15".

I'm also rather looking forward to exercising the SSD - being on PCIe now, it's good for around 900MB/s read and write, which leaves even the best SATA-III SSDs in the dust. And, of course, the graphics.. really want to see how a 750M handles Second Life.

I've been very pleased with Time Machine. I have Dandelion hooked up almost full-time to a 2TB (soon to be replaced with a 2TB 802.11ac Time Capsule, freeing up a drive and USB socket), and it's proven invaluable in upgrades in the past - as you say, it permits transfer of installed apps and licenses effortlessly.

I admit, I'm even pondering picking up an iPhone 5S.. I don't really use my old 3G as a phone very much, but, the camera's rather good on it, and the high framerate video capability could be fun to play with. Most importantly, the A7 feels like a baseline for future iOS revisions, just as the 3GS' CPU revision has proven to be, leaving the 3G behind.
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