Macbook Trials and Tribulations
Saturday, March 31 2007 @ 06:58 MDT
Contributed by: evilscientist
The thing I do like about Mac OS-X is that it's based on BSD, which means that you can head to the command line to get around things the GUI won't let you do. It also lets me secure shell into my Linux desktop to check my email and run the things that I have on that machine. I'll have to see how the programing tools are, which I might add came with the computer as opposed to say, Windows, where you have to either buy at great expense Microsoft's or third party tools or use cygwin to run the gnu tools. This is an area to explore still.
The hardware is good so far. The display is crisp and the battery life is exceptional. Apart from the bug in the WPA driver, the wireless networking works good. The keyboard took some getting used to, the key spacing being a little different from my old notebook, but despite it's chiclet appearance the feel of the keys is like a regular keyboard. The touch pad is, well a touch pad. I've never been fond of touch pads and I have a USB mouse that works with the computer for when I'm doing any major amount of work. The fact that it's possible to run all three major OS's on the hardware speaks volumes for the system.
So I'm generally please with the purchase, though I am a little annoyed with the WPA bug which hopefully will be corrected soon. I also need to get Linux working, but it's spring break and I'll look at doing that this week sometime. Ahh technology.