My New iBook

* aj continues waiting impatiently for his ibook
* Rukh continues waiting impatiently for Bush to be booted out
<blender> rukh: a week to go
<aj> Rukh: true, i suppose i could be happy that my wait will be a lot shorter than others’
<Rukh> heheh
<Rukh> aj: so you’re getting your ibook in a lot less than one weeks time? :)

As it turns out, I did get my iBook in less than a week’s time — it arrived midday last Monday. We’ll refrain from reflecting too heavily on how much shorter a wait that was than Rukh’s continues to be…

Anyway, like I suggested, it looks like I’m going to stick with running MacOS X on it instead of just installing Debian (or Ubuntu) like I did on my last. The ability to reliably suspend and use the inbuilt modem and wireless aren’t things I’m willing to give up, and it’s nice to have the little extras like having Expose just work, being able to play with iTunes, iMovie, and Command & Conquer, having QuickTime work natively, and generally just having a desktop that doesn’t treat me like some genius hacker for which nothing is too hard, is a pleasant change too. Shark, Apple’s profiler, sounds pretty nice too, so hopefully there are more things to look forward to.

The real irritation switching from Debian to MacOS is the crazy complications involved in installing third party software. Apple’s software updates with an “updater”; Unixy software gets installed with fink, either by apt-get, or using the “fink” tool, or the “darwin ports” system. Third party software gets installed by downloading a disk image, opening whatever the vendor wants — the installer for my printer driver from HP insisted on closing all my open programs, including my terminals, eg. Nice. I’ve had to google and separately install, hrm, Camino, Blapp, GnuPG, GPGKeys, GPG-AppleMail, SubEthaEdit, RealPlayer, X11, XCode, and my aforementioned printer driver. And so far I still haven’t gotten to the point where I can collect my mail or code comfortably.

On the upside, I’ve got something like 4GB of freshly ripped music, and made up a fun little ski movie.

But I hate to think of the security implications; there are just too many different sources of software that can all have problems, and for which I’m never going to hear about updates. Oh well; here’s to defense in depth.

But hey, if you ignore that detail, what you get is pretty cool. The slot loading DVD/CDRW drive is much snazzier than trays, and the hardware is generally really nice — even the keyboard is quite a step up from my previous iBook. Specs are heaps better (11Mbps to 54Mbps, 20GB to 80GB, 128MB to 256MB, 500MHz G3 to 1.2GHz G4, USB1 to USB2), and the software’s pretty pleasant overall. I’m not even sure I’m bothered by the lack of focus-follows-mouse.

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