now that I think about it, if you're a foreigner during christmas, who theoretically brings the goodies? in russia, they have Дед Могоз. he rides in a horse drawn troika and is accompanied by his attractive granddaughter "the snowmaiden". he also comes through the front door, doesn't travel on Xmas eve, and never associates with elves. and the kicker is, he comes around new years. i'm all for traditions but i can't mess with old St. Nic, Rudolf, and all those stop motion animation christmas specials i grew up with. so, here's to the jolly old elf going out of his way to bring presents to all those american families living abroad.
the macbook pro arrived in record time, and i was relieved to see it made it safely. it was everything i expected it would be as i gave it a test drive. by the time the night was over i felt like i had cheated myself out of several years of wasted time having to rebuild my microsoft machines. i knew there were better O/S's out there but my work drove me to use MS even at home. i'll still use my desktop windows machine until i can migrate as much as i can over to the new mac.
one of the many features that did not disappoint is the mac's touchpad. i never looked for a mouse the whole time i was on it. and the O/S was laid out the way i like, clean and crisp. no more digging through garbage to get to an app. one thing i always hated about windows is the million ways you can click to get to the same function. i suppose it helps the novice stumble upon the right option but after you get use to a hotkey or shortcut, it's just clutter on the screen. i could go on but i'll end with the impressive appearance of the macbook itself. the unibody construction is a piece of art. it's lightweight and solid. from the ports to the dvd/cd drive, everything is well placed and out of sight. i love the maglock power cord connector also. no more tripping over the power cord and diving to catch a falling laptop. instead the cord will disconnect, leaving the mac to laugh at your oafishness while it rests peacefully on the desk.
so thanks fat man for making sure my present got here with plenty of time to spare. guess i have to be good the rest of the year now..