now more Pro

My shiny new MacBook Pro has some quirks, that’s for sure. In addition to the odd little whine that MBP owners endure when one of the beefy processors is idle, I have a bum “logic board” (according to a Genius at the Eaton Centre Apple Store) which results in a garbled-video lockup about every third time I unsuspend. If the machine didn’t boot so quickly, that would be a pretty serious suck, but it turns out to be a endurable inconvenience at least for this trip, after which I will send “interociter” to the Mac-vet for a few days to get a transplant.

Also, my “T” key often tries to make a break for it, and has made it as far as the bottom of my laptop bag on one occasion. That’s an easy fix, once I find — or wait for — an Apple service shop with a spare key, but it’s pretty annoying when I’m sitting at whatever angle it is that has me hitting it just right to pop it off. One good way for me to trigger that is “work on aircraft”, whee.

The worst problem, though, has been the heat. Missing a function key press, such as when trying to stab down the sound after clicking a link from IRC, could be actually painful, though I never got any noticeable redness. That problem was resolved, though, by the most recent firmware update, and now I’m a pretty happy camper. Some people will say that it’s turning the fan on more often, and that that should bother me, but I haven’t noticed. And if it’s costing me a percent or two of my CPU power, I’m happy to make the trade. My Firefox builds still have a nice dual-core-plus-fast-memory-and-drive tailwind, and I don’t miss my desktop at all for builds.

Now if I could just trick someone into fixing the build process a bit so that I don’t have to remember to build in browser/app all the time…

[tags]mozilla, mac[/tags]

one comment to “now more Pro”

  1. herman
    entered 22 May 2006 @ 4:00 am

    Be glad you can compile ;-)

    Bugzilla Bug 209558 Mozilla too complicated for my laptop (see URL for pictures)

    http://people.freebsd.org/~imp/fiva-meltdown.jpg