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my new toy

I bought my last Mac (an iMac) in January 2001 and have wanted to get a new computer for a couple of years now. It has taken me a long time to decide on a new computer because I am not a fan of the new glossy screens on most of the new Macs. Last week, I finally decided on a computer. I spontaneously ordered a Macbook Pro (previous model with a matte screen) at 5 am two days after the latest Mac laptops were revealed. I missed out on the refurb models (they went in one day) but I did luck out getting my laptop for a great price.

My very cool new computer finally arrived after a couple of frustrating days dealing with FedEx. It took me over 4 hours today just to transfer everything, which meant no access to both my old and my new computer during that time.

I still have a lot to learn! I am not familiar with many of the new features of Leopard, I can't figure out where the screen shots go after I take them, and I can't figure out how to right click yet (without using a mouse). My old version of photoshop elements does not work on this new computer which is a bummer. That means I will still need to use my old computer for any photo editing/resizing/etc. until I buy a newer version. Fortunately so far all of my other programs I have tried work.

I will probably be occupied with trying to figure out how everything works on my new computer for the next couple of days. I will try to catch up with everyone this weekend. Meanwhile, here is a photo of my new toy.

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Comments (8)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, congrats on your new Mac! It looks great. Have fun playing with it. Have a great weekend!

Congratulations! New toys are great. I bought a new desktop last spring and am still figuring it all out. I don't have a laptop yet but hope to get one some day. Have fun!

(whispering here...I'm almost afraid to speak or breathe, but the polls this morning look amazing. Montana? North Dakota? Lord lord.)

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cr_20081025_9803.php

You will love the baseball analogy in the first paragraph of this article!

sandrac:

Wow -- your new laptop looks great, congratulations! Hope you have fun learning to use it.

G: Oh-congrats - have fun playing with it! Is this the thin MAC? Love presents to oneself..M

Thanks everyone! I am having fun, although it has also been pretty time consuming. I have figured out a few more things, but still can't figure out that right click yet. I love the new iLife apps and I can't believe how fast my photos load on my new Mac. On my old computer, it took forever to look through one folder of photos. It is not the thin MacBook Air so I am not sure if I will travel with it, but it is nice to be able to use a computer while sitting on my couch instead of having to sit at my little desk.

Annie, I know. Incredible huh? Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!! Thanks for the link. Great baseball analogy!!

chiaro:

girasoli,
Congratulations on becoming a new MacBook Pro user. This is the same laptop that I use now. I am very happy with it.
I found it quite portable on my trip to Italy, only the accessories were a bit heavy. It all fit into my carry on case.
You'll get use to it soon and if you need help there should be an Apple Store where they offer tutorials.
chiaro

Hi chiaro! Thanks for leaving a comment. Now that I have had a little more time using my new Mac, I am very happy with my new computer. I have been watching some of the video tutorials online and have learned a few more things this weekend which will be fun to try out. The right click thing is still the only thing I need to know at this point. Other than that, I think I have got the basics now thanks to the tutorials. There are a lot of fun new features I am excited to try out once I have the time. It still is a little heavy for me when traveling by train but I just might take it with me on my next trip if I plan a very slow travel trip (only a couple of locations). Glad you are also happy with your MacBook Pro.

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