Readers of this blog know that I had a suprisingly bad experience with the Mac Powerbook G4 I purchased last year. The crashes, incompatibilities, and odd behavior were just tolerable enough for me to keep the machine, because there are many things about the MacOS I still found preferable to Windows. I suspect the machine had a bad motherboard, although the experience suggested that Mac OSX, while good, isn’t as bulletproof as it’s made out to be. I was also mildly disappointed at the machine’s performance, given that it was the fastest laptop Apple made, with all the options maxxed out.
So, last month, I purchased a new laptop. Glutton for punishment that I am, it’s a MacBook Pro.
The results so far? Significantly better. I still have a few issues with peripherals and switching between my home and office setups. On the whole, though, these are orders of magnitude better than what I experienced with the last Powerbook. And the Intel Core2Duo is definitely a performance improvement over the G4.
One lesson I’ve learned is to approach the Mac the same way I approached my Windows machines. Assume that anything you do — installing an application, adding a peripheral, updating your system software, changing a setting — might totally screw up your system. Take appropriate precautions, and weigh the value of something new against the risks.