So I did it. I have owned quite a-many computers in my time. My first computer was an Apple IIc that my dad bought for the “house”. He and I were the only ones who used it. Surprisingly, my dad took to Appleworks and started to do business things in it. I, of course, was using it to play games and write those kewl little basic programs. Then I got an Apple IIgs. Graphic interface, mouse driven and in color. I had a keyboard attached to it and did music stuff (I was a big ol music guy back in the day). I even owned a pair of Apple-branded Bose speakers. To this day I still have those speakers and they sound great. As the years went by I went on to own a Mac 512, Mac Plus, Mac SE, Mac IIx, a few Performas, a 6610, then a Quadra 800 and even a Mac clone from Power Computing. More recently I have had a Powerbook G3 (Pismo), a G4/450, an iBook 500(12″) and 800(14″). a Mac Mini 1.42 and a Mac Mini 1.5 Intel single core. But what have all of these computers have in common?? I purchased all of them USED and probably months or years after their introduction. Even the Mac Mini Intel I got recently wasn’t “new”. I bought it off of eBay from a Mac reseller.
Then came the release of the MacBooks. The same Monday they were introduced, I rushed over to my nearest Apple Store (Irvine Spectrum) and had to see it for myself. I fell in love. One week later, I walked back into that store and bought a new MacBook, in white. Not black you ask? Well, I couldn’t justify the $150 price difference between a similarly outfitted White MacBook. Lisa, the Apple salesperson, was the only one who would approach m e in the store and ask if I had any questions. There were plenty of sales people around, but no one would greet me. I was actually surprised. Lisa was with customers, but when she was done, she came up to me and asked “…you like that new MacBook eh”? I said that did and stealthfully asked if there were any White MacBooks with the superdrive in stock. She said she would check. I told her I was really nervouse cuz for the 2nd time in my life, I was buying a new computer withing weeks of it coming out. The very first computer I bought during its introduction was the Macintosh 512. I remember going to Wabash Computers in El Toro and along with an ImageWriter II and external 400k floppy put down a whopping $3700 down. Crazy eh?
So after paying my new MacBook on my card, I was the Proud new owner of a White MacBook. I picked up my box with its handle and I remember strutting out of the store saying to myself “I can’t believe I just paid for a new computer”. Even before I could drive out of the parking structure I was cradling the box in my lap, clutching it with both hands, still in awe.
As soon as I got home I started to open and check everything out. I took pictures even! How crazy am I? I LUV this MacBook. I sold my MacMini Intel and reaped some of my costs back with the proceeds. The bonus is, I took my 2GB of RAM out of my MacMini Intel and transferred it to my MacBook. How kewl was that? Next thing I did was run the updates and then loaded a copy of Parallels. I installed Windows XP and I have to say that it seems to run pretty well. On my MacMini I loaded BootCamp, but I have decided not to on the MacBook, opting to test out Parallels instead.
If you are looking to replace an older Powerbook G4, this is a no-brainer. The only caveat is if you are a heavy Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator user, you should hold off until Adobe releases CS3. Adobe products do run slower on a new MacBook/Pro than on your old G4 or G5.
Its amazing how I have been treating this MacBook like its an egg. I’ve been very careful about not scratching it. I keep the protective sheet between my keyboard and screen and until someone releases a sleeve that actually fits the MacBook, I’m using the temp sleeve it came with in the box.
It’s my baby….Filed under: Mac Stuff, Personal Log, Rave