Last week, my wife brought home a new 13" MacBook. It's nice—white case, gloss screen. At first glance, the keyboard looks awful (almost reminiscent of a chiclet keyboard from the bad old days), but it's actually quite respectable to use. I've now set up Leopard three times in as many months. It was mostly painless, though Mail seems to spend about 3 uninterruptible minutes "testing the server connection" or something equally as pointless. During a previous setup, I tracked that down to it looking on some bizarre port for either or both of SMTP or IMAP. This time I just ignored it. Something new I tried was hooking her up with a free 60-day trial of (the ridiculously over-priced) .Mac service—having spent some time setting up her account on the MacBook Pro, it seemed like a great use case for the syncing functionality of .Mac. It worked, though I stupidly selected a merge on the first sync when I should have over-written the MacBook with the MacBook Pro. We got there in the end.
In other news, I finally ordered a Mac Pro at the weekend. I'm almost reluctant to talk about it, because I know it will probably be superseded before it's even delivered. The harsh reality of getting someone else to pay for it meant I just couldn't put it off any longer. That's a trade-off I will probably learn to live with.