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13May/06Off

Suddenly I Feel Like A Fucking Yuppie

So, I got the new and tremendously expensive machine last night which involved Yoon running me to the local Fed Ex facility to pick it up and then trying to get through all of the all singing, all dancing initial configuration in order to actually use the machine.

My initial impressions: It's godawful fast regardless of whether you're using native applications or the emulated ones intended for the PPC series. In that sense, it's been a pleasure to use. It rips through most simple tasks as quickly as any of my Linux boxes do. I'm pretty pleased with that aspect of it.

The thing gets fucking hot. As many have complained about in various forums, etc, etc, the case is seriously an egg cooking wonder of science. I was ready to box it back up last night and return it but, lo and behold, when I rebooted it this morning the fans actually came on and the surface is not scorch your skin off hot this morning. Again, folks posting their experiences in help forums were pretty much correct: it starts cooling off after a couple of reboots. The only upside is this experience gave me a higher degree of empathy for folks who bought one the earlier versions and are roasting alive. Class action is the sponsored term for the day. not because I think people ought to be suing Apple dry but because Apple especially as the friend to the common men and his creative urges image they've spent their PR dollars cultivating needs to wake up about responding to legitimate complaints from the people who (often faithfully) spend their dollars on Apple stuff. So, mine is still pretty hot but doesn't seem to want to burn me alive or anything.

The screen also makes a lot of noise when running under battery power. This isn't as aggravating for me as it has been for some other people but I would eventually like for it to stop. I've been listening to old This American Life episodes all day so when I've got the plug yanked (trying to keep the battery from turning into a weakling) I don't hear a damned thing. It's pretty strange that it only happens on battery power but, whatever, I'll probably get more ambitious about fixing it when I'm somewhere quiet without access to convenient power and the oscillating whine starts to drive me crazy.

The keyboard sucks and it's taken me a long time to be able to type at any reasonable rate without turning on the Caps Lock key whenever I hit any key on the left side of the keyboard. I would complain about the arrangement of the control keys and such but that would only invite the wrath of the faithful. I'll probably just remap the keyboard at some point so that the control key is where God intended it instead of the totally useless caps lock key. In any case, it still feels like I'm typing on a touch pad or something but I adapted to the slightly strange layout pretty quickly.

Since I practically live in Emacs and OS X is in theory based on *nix, I thought finding a functional version of the GUI editor would be fairly easy and I wouldn't have to look at the ugliness that Emacs under Linux usually is (which I have to say: I don't really spend a whole lotta time just staring at it). Wow. What a colossal pain in the ass it was to find a working version and by working I mean the 'customize' menu doing something other than forking into a million different buffers and a functional ispell because I type pretty fast when provoked. The only version that completely fulfilled my expectations was the Carbon Emacs package which spit out a pretty complete install. Woo hoo. I was a little worried about being able to find all of the applications that I'm comfortable with. I still haven't found an FTP client that works exactly the way I would like it to but I'm not doing a whole lotta remote stuff this weekend anyhow so I'm willing to let that one go for a little while.

It has been a whole lot of fun to mess with an operating system I don't normally have occasion to mess with. I'm going to try to work entirely in the Mac OS for a week or so before I set up Boot Camp and make it a multi-boot machine just for the sake of learning as much as possible.

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  1. Cyberduck is the FTP client I gravitated towards and I find as a GUI client, it’s fairly standard. I previously used Fetch, which never really impressed me, but it’s free to register for students.

    Fugu is a good ssh/sftp client if you haven’t found it yet. It’s nothing more than a graphical interface for command line ssh/sftp, but it works well.

    TextWrangler is a good/free text editor if you’re looking for a full featured text editor. I highly recommend TextMate if you’re looking to pay – it’s the best editor I’ve ever used.

    http://www.bresink.com/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html is a uni-bin that will monitor temps at various places on your computer. You might find this helpful.

    Finally… my absolute favorite thing is MenuMeters. You’ll love MenuMeters.


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