Well, I ordered my new Powerbook the day they were announced. Then I waited and waited. After a while I asked when I might expect delivery. On 11 May I was told:
Our purchasing person is trying to get details about the delivery date. On 17 May I was told the delivery date wasn’t known. On 18 May it arrived, finally. [Someone must have known where it was the day before it arrived by courier at the shop!]
Anyway, this has been a most extraordinarily difficult and frustrating week involving tiredness, confusion, dropping and breaking things and a mighty headache which painkillers won’t touch. My internet was down for a day, all my clients (it seems like) have wanted to contact me and I just haven’t made headway. On top of that I’ve had problems around setting up the new machine.
I’m quite willing to believe that most of the problems are related to my bad week rather than the machine itself, but the “localized string not found” error in Safari’s contextual menus does seem to have been affecting others as well. I’ve tried the fixes they mentioned (except reinstalling Panther) but those fixes haven’t worked for me. I can’t see why my previous machine with the same version of Safari and the same version of the Operating System didn’t have this problem and the new machine does. It’s annoying but not a huge enough deal to reinstall the OS, especially when a minor update seems to be just round the corner.
There are other quirks too, such as Snapz Pro not working until I changed the key command for invoking screenshots and BuddyPop not working until I downloaded an updated beta version.
Finally though it seems to be getting close to being pretty much set up how I want it and now I can see the extra speed and power coming into play. My TiBook was a 1Ghz Powerbook G4 with 1Gb RAM. This one’s the 1.5Ghz model with a massive 2 Gb RAM and extra video memory. The Finder’s noticeably speedier and the dog of Virtual PC 6 is getting to be usable too, though I have yet to make a serious trial of updating a particular client’s website. That one is hosted on Microsoft’s tenth-rate Content Management System 2002 and forces me to use Internet Explorer on Windows and endless slow, slow, slow wizards.
Oh, and on this new Powerbook, the screen’s just fantastic. It seems brighter and clearer than on the old Powerbook. It really brings those photos to life!