Life with MacBook

It’s been a month now since I bought the MacBook Pro and I’m about to make it my primary portable computer.  It’s not any one thing and I’m not sold on the Mac is greatest and Windows stinks.  My Windows laptop still gets almost as much use as the Mac and my Windows desktop gets more use than both.  What I’ve found though is the combination of light weight and small size make it perfect as the “put in the bag and go” computer that I need.  If anything it may reduce my use of the iPad more than other computers.

I do plan to try moving my Windows development environment, my primary use for the Windows laptop, over the MacBook running as a virtual machine.  I’m not sure if that will stick both due to the memory in the computer and due to the smaller screen size.  I’ve gotten used to this for email and editing files, but not sure how it will look editing code.  Time will tell.

I can’t deny there is an element of sexiness to the MacBook.  Taking it out of the case just looks better than my PC.  Last Friday a friend came over to work on a project together.  She ran a little late and while waiting I went through email and when she arrived left the MacBook sitting on my couch.  She noticed it and commented on it.  Now she is a long time Mac user, but I know that a new PC would not have gotten the same reaction.

So a month into the MacBook it’s winning me over.  The next couple of weeks where I try to move my PC related tasks to it will tell much.

Now Running on WordPress

I’ve moved my personal website and blog over to WordPress.  I’ve done little work with WordPress until a few months ago, but recently used it for a new project and liked what I found.  I see a lot of places where I think it fits in very well, and I think my web site works as one of those places.  It’ll also give me the chance to become more familar with WordPress.

Previously I’d been using BlogEngine.NET for my blog.  The migration went pretty smoothly using the directions I found at http://www.craigbailey.net/migrating-from-blogengine-net-to-wordpress/.  The only significant change from his instructions I did was to download the BlogML import plugin from the WordPress site instead of the one linked from that article.  For the redirects from the old links to the new links for articles I used the Redirection plugin from http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/redirection/.

As part of the update I also revived a few blog posts that had vanished from the blog due to a bad setting.