I’ve completely switched, at this point, to using the Powerbook as my primary machine for both home and work. Didn’t really plan it that way, but who needs to lug two machines around? There are still some things I need the Windows laptop for — some work related, like Crystal Reports development, and a great UML editor (Enterprise Architect). Others are personal — PartyPoker.com doesn’t have a version of its software for the Mac, and neither does Fedex-Kinko’s with their Internet printer driver. I use the latter fairly regularly to send large PDF’s to be printed at the local Kinko’s so as not to stress out the work printer. Law review articles almost always get this treatment, since they’re typically very large.
I did install VirtualPC and WinXP since it came with my copy of Office Professional for Mac, but man, is it slooooow on my 1.0GHz G4. Perhaps if I had a dual G5 and a ton of memory it would perform better, but who knows. I gave up trying to print a Cass Sunstein article to Kinko’s within VirtualPC today, and will just fire up the Windows box whenever I need to do this sort of thing.
I finally decided on an outliner/note-taking program, and in a surprise move (even to me) I chose OmniGroup’s OmniOutliner Professional 3. The export options and printing simply worked better, plus the ability to create multi-column designs gives flexibility to create summaries and action item columns. Naturally, I’ve got Quicksilver and all the other accoutrements of being a modern Mac user, but I have to admit to not using Quicksilver much at all — perhaps as a launcher it’s OK, but the vast majority of my searches are email/document searches and Quicksilver doesn’t shine here. Spotlight will shine for me, I think, but not until Spotlight/Entourage integration works. In the meantime, I yearn for Google Desktop Search.
Ecto is still the blog editor of choice for me, it’s so good both on Mac and Windows that I can’t imagine what I was thinking, writing in w.bloggar all this time.
For some reason, WIFI at Cafe Allegro isn’t working for me (I get an error message) but I can see it’s working for the guy two tables over with a 15″ powerbook, so who knows. Five minutes of fruitless searching didn’t yield anything in /var/log that is indicative of the error, and the error dialog is singularly uninformative. So no bandwidth for me…we’ll see how long I can stand it before the shakes set in…