The longer I am using the new MacBook the more impressed I am.
First, the gripe: I was REALLY bummed when Leopard did not recognize Accordance (my BIBLE software!!! I have an old version 5.x), and told me it was CLASSIC. It wasn't classic at all, but it seemed determine to think so. Then out of the blue it recognized it.
Great, I thought. Don't know what happened, but problem solved! Ha! In the process of getting the install bootcamp loaded (I had to reinstall the system - long story) and suddenly again, my Accordance was gone. :(
I waited for a day, but it never came back. Then I thought I'd pop in the CD and voila! There was an option to upgrade to carbon. I ran it, and Accordance is back again. I hope it stays put this time; I don't intend to reinstall the system anytime soon.
Second, the nice features: having function keys dedicated for dashboard and expose is very convenient. Also having functions keys assigned to rewind, play and fast-forward is sweet. I've been impressed by how COOL the machine stays. My old iBook got much hotter, and my son's MacBook Pro also is toasty enough to be uncomfortable in your lap for long periods of time.
I've been impressed with Parallels so far. It does seem to seamlessly integrate with the Mac experience to the point you forget that it's a virtual machine. Windows programs are just there. Use of peripherals seems no problem at all.
Still exploring Numbers, Keynote and Pages. Last time I tried Pages it just wasn't up to doing real Word-processing, but was fine for page layout. I'm hoping that's changed. I love Word, no two ways about it, but I'd be quite happy if it had a worthy successor - especially one that integrated easy page layout!
I tried the clip feature in Safari and sure as shootin, I now have my own widget of the radar. Very simple to do!
Did video chat with Randy and Rachel Asburry the other night. My end was smooth, but their end kept stuttering. He thinks he's got that solved though, and am eager to try it again. What a hoot! We need to figure out a way to play cards in video chat - now THAT would be wonderful!
Overall speed of the machine is impressive - loaded in Warcraft III which stuttered a bit at higher resolutions on the iBook and it blitzed along just fine. I would like to load a brand new video game and see how well it does. David insists that without a dedicated graphics card it will lag significantly. I'd like to see what that means.
Front Row is a hoot and a half. Plop in the movie and sit back using the remote controller. The sound is much loader than on the iBook - I don't hear all that well to begin with, but really struggled to hear the iBook when it was playing a movie. Almost always resorted to ear phones - and that doesn't work well when you're watching a movie on the sofa with your wife!
The Time Machine is one of those "where has this been all my life" kind of critters. Backup jitters are simply history. I simply don't have to think about it at all anymore - and pulling up a file that's been deleted or lost is a lot of fun too.
That's about it - a fun machine packing a big punch. Apple delivers - once again.