Making the Switch

After several months of consideration I finally went out and picked up the 15-inch, 2.33GHz MacBook Pro. I have needed a new computer for awhile now and I've been thinking about a MacBook Pro, but my Christmas present from my wife finally pushed me over the edge. She got me an Mbox 2 for music recording, but even with this awesome piece of hardware my old desktop was hopelessly underpowered.

I haven't done any development on the MacBook yet, I've been too busy playing with the Mbox and Pro Tools, but I plan on going through the ACME guide this weekend and getting this thing set up for ColdFusion development. I also need to get Windows XP set up with Boot Camp/Parallels. I want to be able to use this computer for gaming so the new Boot Camp support in the latest Parallels beta is just what I was looking for.

And while this may be a little premature, so far I've found the process of "switching" pretty painless. Don't get me wrong, I'm still trying to adjust to some of the differences between Windows and OS X -- I can't tell you how many times I've tried to press ctrl+c -> ctrl+v, or how many times I've found myself asking "How do I..." -- but for the most part things on the Mac have just worked. I was completely amazed when I first went to print something and the Mac automatically found my HP printer on the wireless network and set it up without me doing a thing.

I know I've got a long way to go to becoming a Mac power user, but I'm looking forward to it. If anyone has any suggestions for getting up to speed on the Mac and OS X please let me know.

User Group Manager

Phil Duba has started a new project over on RIAForge for a user group manager. You can find out more on the project page, but the basic idea is to provide a site for managing user group activities. I volunteered to help Phil with this project and I'll be working not only with Phil but also Vadim Chernets, another former co-worker from VirtualEdge.

Phil is going to start using the project's blog to gather requirements but if you have anything you would like to see in user group manager application be sure to let Phil know and we will see what we can do.

I'm looking forward to working on this project as it should give the excuse I've needed to finally dive into Model-Glue. (I've played around with MG but have yet to use it on a project.) Look for more posts as we begin development.

New Job

You may (or may not :) have noticed a lack of blog posts over the past month. Part of the reason for the lack of blogging has to do with the fact that I started a new job two weeks ago; I'm now a Application Development Specialist for CDI Corp here in Philadelphia. I'm pretty excited about the new position as I'll be working on CF Enterprise again. I'll also be using some new tools like Perforce as well as getting exposure to the Mercury Quality Center suite of tools which should prove intersting. Plus my new office is in downtown Philadelphia which means it is about a 25 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride from my house.

Now that things have settled down a bit I'm hoping to get back to blogging more regularly. I have plenty of ideas for posts, just haven't had much time recently.

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