While eagerly waiting for my MBP, I just receive an e-mail today (Mar 19, 2007) from Amazon informing that the items I ordered already arrived at my New York City forwarder . This means that it will not be for another five days, that is how long it takes to get them to this side of the world, before I see my spanking new MBP. This should give me ample time to learn everything possible about Mac OS X and what better way to do that than to rely on my tried and tested L2RP concept in learning new stuff. L2RP simply stands for LEARN, READ, RESEARCH, and PRACTICE. I used to have an in-depth description of what L2RP is all about in an old web site. I will try to get that available here in the next few days.
And so I have to started to LEARN. I first bought a book entitled “learning Mac OS Tiger Visually” and read it from cover to cover in about three hours. I also attended the basic Mac OS seminar at the Power Mac Center at Greenbelt 3. It turned out to be a very informative session which was supposed to last for an hour but which actually lasted a full two hours. Thanks to teacher Maleng for her patience in replying to all our questions and also for giving us the list of must visit web sites. And so I started with the first one on her list, PHILMUG - or Philippine Mac users group. I highly recommend this web site even for those living outside the country because it simply has all the answers for most Mac users, from a newbie to a power user.
Feeling dizzy from information overload, I decided that it is best for me to begin documenting all the important things that I want to do when the MBP finally arrives. I have in fact been tempted to publish in a blog this documentation but I haven't really decided yet. This is simply because I am aware of the difficult and tedious task of writing, taking and uploading pictures, and actually maintaining a web site. For now, I am just using a 30 day trial account from Typepad to see if I am up to it.
Back to the documentation, I have decided on the following:
1 Ordered a Waterfield sleeve case for the MBP similar to the one I am using for the LE 1600. I will be using with it a piggyback carrier previously ordered from them. The piggyback will house the battery geek external power source. BTW, I also ordered today an adapter that will allow me to use the power source in the MBP. More on this in later blogs.
2 Ordered a wireless mighty mouse as highly recommended by Phil Muggers.
3 Since I will still be using my desktop PC, I ordered a KVM switch to be able to use just one mouse, monitor, and keyboard together with the MBP.
4 start a research on a pen and paper system for all my handwritten notes. I can't seem to find the old Filofax from the attic and besides I don't see anyone carrying them nowadays.
5 I have also contacted a Mac user friend, Louie Eleazar of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who unselfishly assured me that he will walk me through the un-boxing of the MBP and installation of whatever software I may need.
6 The following softwares I will install for they come highly recommended: iWorks, Office for MAC, Photoshop CS2, Parallels, VLC, Firefox, ADIUM, QuickSilver, Windows XP, Text Aloud, Adobe Lightroom, and lastly Dragon Speaking Naturally 8.0 which I have been using in everything that needs writing. I hope that it will not have any issues running virtually with Parallels.