My Journey to Macland

Posted by Jesper on April 07, 2006

My new MacBook Pro finally arrived last Friday. Here are my first experiences from life on the other side:

  • Last Friday: Unpacking, installing essential software. Everything just works?!
  • Saturday and Sunday: Installing more software, moving all my work-related files over. Had some great laughs with the famliy while playing with iSight and Photo Booth. Front Row rocks. No troubles yet—it just freakin’ works! I’m slowly realizing how much I’ve gotten used to software not working.
  • Monday: First day working with the MBP. Had the old Windows laptop in the bag, just in case. Didn’t need it, though. OS X found the office network-printer all by itself, it just showed in the list of printers. Way to go!
  • Tuesday: Left the Windows laptop at home. The co-workers might be a little tired by now of me showing something oh-so-cool, every 10 minutes. Frederik mentioned the MBP looks awfully nice together with the Fritz Hansen table and the Arne Jacobsen chairs in the conference room.
  • Wednesday: I decided to retire my almost new and very buggy Windows Mobile powered Qtek phone, and replace it with a Sony Ericsson from Apple’s list of supported Bluetooth phones. Need I mention that Bluetooth syncing just works perfectly? Also today Apple released Boot Camp. I installed Windows XP and in an odd way it feelt like I did something terribly wrong, so I decided to only set aside 5 gigs of diskspace for Windows. I’d still prefer VMware or something similar, over dual booting.
  • Thursday: I migrated over my Outlook calendar and contacts in preparations for completely retiring the Windows laptop. Finally figured out that there’s a prerelease build of Firefox 1.5.0.2 available as a universal binary know as Deer Park and it’s way faster than the PPC build of Firefox 1.5.0.1. I was actually a bit disappointed by the speed of the MBP, as I spend a great deal of time in Firefox, but not after installing Deer Park, yay!
  • This Friday: Blogging about the past week…
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  1. Jacob B√łtter Sun, 23 Apr 2006 20:15:49 UTC

    Good to hear happy new mac user stories :-)

    Just wanted to let you know there’s a lot of good mac tips at http://www.cupertino.dk (disclaimer: I am one of the blogger providing the tips). Found our blog on the list of attendees at Reboot, looking forward to seeing you there!

  2. Jesper Mon, 24 Apr 2006 22:26:21 UTC

    Yeah, won’t be log before I’m preaching the words of L. Ron Jobs to everyone ;)

    Cupertino looks great. I immediately installed one of the Firefox themes you wrote about. With this and the 1.5.0.2 release, Firefox is looking really good on the Mac.

    See you at Reboot!

  3. Karsten Birch-Johansen Thu, 18 May 2006 08:34:23 UTC

    Hmmm i was actually thinking about, a few day ago, if it would be someting to consider – to throw out my windows – and migrate to Mac. Got from it ….... and then i read you blog. How about all your outlook, oracle, web stuff – does it work – or have you encountered any problems yet ?

  4. Jesper Thu, 18 May 2006 11:20:49 UTC

    Well, most applications are either available on Mac or a (better) substitute can be found. You can run Office and Entourage (Outlook for Mac) if you like. Personally I’m using Gmail, so that wasn’t an issue for me.
    As for the Oracle related tools, the biggest issue for me has been not having an Oracle database running locally – you should be able to do it, but Oracle doesn’t have a download for OS X on Intel (yet). You can run JDeveloper and SQL Developer, but unfortunately SQL Developer still has a long way before being able to compete with TOAD.
    I mostly work with Oracle Portal, so I spend a great deal of my time in Firefox, which is also available for Mac.
    So far I’m a happy switcher, having a great looking desktop and a Unix command-line only a click away is just awesome.

    If you really want Oracle supporting OS X on Intel, please write Mark Townsend (mark.townsend@...) at Oracle and let him know—he’s the product manager for Oracle XE.