Yesterday, I got a nice and shiny new white MacBook. I eagerly tracked my order from China to Provo, and couldn’t wait to come home and fire it up.
So far my experience has been very good. I used a Mac for about a year and a half while working at BYU’s SAS Creative Marketing and came to really love Mac OS X. So, I’m not coming from a non-Mac user experience. Still, I’d never started from scratch with a brand new Mac.
The only real complication that I’ve experienced so far is that I was getting really slow response from my D-Link 524 wireless router. I finally fixed the problem by either running the updates, and changing a configuration on the WEP password. I don’t know which one fixed it, but it’s working really well now.
I’m not quite set up to the point that I can put away my Windows machine yet, but I’m getting there. The applications that I’ve installed so far include:
- Adium – a messenger client that handles my MSN and Google Talk accounts
- Skype – I can’t live without skype. It’s my favorite chat/voip client
- Fugu – an visual SFTP application for file transfers
- Firefox – I’m hooked on Firefox, although I’ll give Safari another look
- Growl – a notifier that helps with alerting me of Adium messages
- DarwinPorts – helps me get and compile Open Source applications and their dependencies with which I’ve installed RubyGems, MySQL5, and other web related applications
- Eclipse – an IDE for writing applications in either Java, PHP, Ruby, etc. I’ll use this until I can get TextMate.
Still to come:
- Parallels – A virtual machine application that will allow me to run Windows, Linux, etc. while running Mac OS X
- TextMate – An awesome code editor for the Mac
- Macromedia Studio – I have a Mac/Windows version of MX 2004 which I’ll be installing here
- MS Office for Mac – I’m still deciding whether to do this, just run my Windows version from Parallels, or get an Open Office version.
- Other cool applications from FreeMacWare.com
I still like Mac OS X. I’m new to Tiger, so I don’t have any favorite Dashboard widgets yet. I’m still discovering cool new features that didn’t exit in Panther.
Anyone have a killer app that they can’t go without on the Mac?