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Something that I have noticed in my move to the MacBook Pro from my Windows machine is that it takes some time to get used to the folder situation.

I am used to the Linux file structure but just trying to get everything organized the way that I would like to is a daunting feat. I have my own account on the machine and I do not know if I like it or not. What I have started doing is putting my coding projects in a subfolder of the HD main directory. For my personal documents I put everything in my account’s Documents folder.

The pictures folder is strange as well. I have decided that the best way to go is a portable harddrive for my music, movies, and pictures. Why a portable harddrive? They’re powered thru USB and they’re light, making them easy to take on the road.

Speaking of pictures, I can already tell that I am going to hate iPhoto or at least I think I am. More experimentation is definitely needed but from what I have done so far, it just does not give me enough control. Where is a simple off/on switch for making iPhoto the default program for my camera?

My plan over the next few days is to get Apache running along with MySQL. I installed Xcode and started doing some Java 1.5 development, which has come along nicely (gotta love generics!). I am going to see if I can do a little Cocoa development with Java as the documentation is pretty good.

One thing that still frustrates me is that when the screen is closed or the computer goes to sleep my wireless connection dies and I have yet to figure out how to get around this. I like my IM client to stay connected so that I get people’s messages when I am gone but I just can’t seem to get it that way.

I am still very pleased with my purchase and so far my development has become a little smoother and very mobile (something I needed).

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