Blaugust #04: joining the cult

I’m very excited, #blaugustians. I just got a new MacBook Pro to replace my aged desktop PC:

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This thing is a beast. Everything is so super-smooth and crisp. I’ve wanted a Mac for so long. Each time I’ve come to replace a PC since — well, since I was a teenager — I’ve said my next machine will be a Mac but I’ve always been scared away by the price tag and the thought of learning a new environment, and ended up with another Windows box. Not this time!

This isn’t a tech review blog, but here’s some first impressions:

  • The retina screen is amazing. Everything is bright and clear and crisp. Fonts, everywhere, seem better. Very thin fonts in particular look much sharper.
  • The swiping for the “mission control” screen and different workspaces is really handy, and it’s great to be able to swipe between multiple things all running fullscreen
  • The webcam, after months of using a non-HD one, is fantastic. Kateri and I can see each other properly again!
  • This keyboard is going to take some getting used to. How to I do a regular [delete]? Oh, [fn]+[backspace], of course. Screenshots are [shift]+[cmd]+[3]? Uh-uh. I take a lot of screenshots. That’s going to need changing to something simpler.
  • Every game I’ve checked out so far seems to run great with everything turned up, and everything stays responsive. It’s amazing what 16Gb of RAM can do!

I’m really, really happy with this setup so far. It’s going to take some adjusting after years of Windows keyboards and shortcut muscle-memory, but it’ll be worth it. It already feels like a bit of a luxury.

Of course, this is going to change my immediate gaming diet a bit. I’ve downloaded Torchlight 2EVE Online and Cities: Skylines, so I’m pretty well covered. I don’t know when I’ll get around to it, but I’m going to look into getting Parallels working for Windows emulation, so I can go back to Path of Exile  and FFXIV — assuming the native Mac client isn’t re-released any time soon. It’s my poor freckle-faced Lalafell cutie I’ll miss the most, until the state of FFXIV on OSX is improved.

I’m actually looking forward to using this as an excuse to spend some more time in Cities: Skylines and EVE, though. I have a grand plan to start doing tech 2 research and production, and honestly? Some of my happiest times in EVE have been sat in an asteroid belt, mining away and watching Netflix. That’s kind of a dirty thing to admit within the EVE community, but there, I said it. I’m a miner carebear.  I mine rocks and then I turn them into minerals and then I take them to market and count my ISK in a spreadsheet.

Anyway, I’m sure over the coming months there’ll be trials and tribulations as I get acquainted with doing things the Mac way, but for now I’m content to just coo over how shiny it all is…

 

  4 comments for “Blaugust #04: joining the cult

  1. August 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats on the new MacBook. The only thing that really messes me up are the keyboard shortcuts. It’s like Apple and Microsoft just wanted to mess us up.

  2. August 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Ohhh so jealous. I was a Mac person to start with (not counting my Vic20), back in the SE days, but at some point in the 90s I switched to PCs because my consulting clients kept fainting when I told them I used a Mac.

    I want to go back to the cult! I do! I have dipped a toe back in with the recent purchase of an iPad, so the desktop box will have to wait…

  3. August 5, 2015 at 2:44 am

    I considered a laptop a while back, but ultimately settled on nothing. I really do wish I had the spare cash to get a good one. I would consider a Macbook, though my dream would be a Pixel 2. I love Chromebooks, but their hardware is really cheap!

  4. August 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Nothing wrong with being a miner in Eve – i do it myself, though I find ice mining gives a better return. Without industrialists, the games market would not function!

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