I posted a thread a few months ago, asking when it’s time to get a new computer. My 2005 PowerBook G4 is fine, but I kept running into programs that wouldn’t run on a non-Intel chip. It was starting to become annoying. I’ve just bought a set of language DVDs and CDs, and when I tried to run the first disc I got a message saying that my architecture would not support it. That was the final straw.
Months ago, the local Apple dealer had an older, refurbished 17" MacBook Pro – the kind with the battery you could change and the silver keys. Lots better than my PowerBook G4, and it was only $600. But it was sold before I could get there. I found a newer one on eBay yesterday that had a starting bid of $500. Not trusting eBay sellers all that much (for computer stuff), and not knowing how high the bidding would go, I went to the local Apple dealer’s website. I ended up getting a floor model 17" MacBook Pro that had been out of the box for about eight months. It’s a 2.2 GHz (vs. the G4’s 1.5) Intel quad-core i7, 4GB 1333MHz DDR3, and a 750(?) GB hard drive.
I really like the screen, and the gobs of extra memory. I’m still not quite used to the ‘stealth’ trackpad button. On the G4 it’s an actual button. On this machine, it’s integrated under the trackpad and is invisible. I’m running into issues with Lion, which I’ve asked about in GQ. It feels like they hired someone from Microsoft to hide things and to delete useful things I’m accustomed to.
I also bought a Firewire to copy my old machine to this one. I don’t think I’ll do that, though. I’m sure I have too much mung on the G4 that I don’t need. I do need to copy my iTunes library though. The language software came with audio CDs, and I want them on my iPod.