Friday, February 13, 2009
MacBook Pro Status Report
I've been using my new MacBook Pro at work for over a month, in a strongly Windows-centric workplace, and so far things have gone very well.
Most of my work involves Linux programming, so I just run Linux in a VMWare image like I did when I had a Windows laptop. This works even better on my new Mac than it did on my old laptop, because I have a better X11 server for Mac OS X and because I can use all the standard UNIXish utilities to transfer and process files on the two platforms.
On a few occasions, I have had to launch my Windows XP VMWare image to get some things done:
- One of our team members compresses things using WinZip 12. Only WinZip 12 can de-compress compressed files in this new format, and there is no Mac version of WinZip.
- I used Word for Mac to update a document, and it was displaying weird in Print Layout view. I opened the document in WordPad (and OpenOffice) in Windows to verify that it looked fine in other editors. (It did.)
- I use Remote Desktop Connection on Windows to access some servers.
- I occasionally access Windows network shares from Windows. I can access them directly from the Mac through the Finder too, most of the time, but sometimes there are authentication issues that I can't solve.
So far, thumbs up on using a Mac in a Windows world.