“Sittin’ on the dock of West Hall, watching the time roll away…”
I will never choose Ground shipping when I buy from Apple, or any other vendor again. FedEx Ground has until 8 PM to deliver, and as I found out Friday, it does not seem to matter if the delivery address is a business or not.
When my G5 did not show by 5 PM, and the web site said it was on the truck for delivery, I started calling FedEx. I had to talk to 5 people and did not get through to the person I needed to on the first call, but I finally confirmed that my G5 would show up by 7 PM. I had to confirm with FedEx that I would be there at 7 PM as well. So I grabbed a chair and sat on the dock behind West Hall. I got some of my Economics reading done, so it was not a complete waste of time.
Once you start up a G5 for the first time you are prompted to transfer files from an old Mac. I have heard of this Setup Assistant feature but never have I seen it first hand. I have to say that the hour it took to transfer all my files (about 50 GB of stuff, lots of video too) saved me probably 10 fold in time installing and setting up preferences.
What I am very impressed with is that my unix apps came over, even though they are not in my user Library folder. I use POPFile, which uses SQLite, as well as a number of perl modules. I was sure I would have to install POPFile on my G5, and I did not have to do a thing. How wonderful is that! The only thing that was not transfered was the Developer folder with all the developer tools and ‘developer’ unix apps. This was a quick install however as this package installer is provided in the Installers folder.
The only casualty of using the Setup Assistant is that iSync thinks your new computer is your old computer. You have to delete the “old computer” name and then you are set. Not a huge problem, just something to be aware of, because you cannot keep two computers in sync if they are both named the same thing.
UPDATE: I found one more casualty of the Setup Assistant file transfer process. Zino’s DRM file gets out of whack and I get an error #22-M. There is, however, a very easy fix. It was also very easy to find on their help site.
UPDATE: Apple Remote Desktop also exhibited some odd behavior. When I launch ARD Admin it tells me I need to serialize my install. It has the my serial number filled out but it has some odd ball characters (upside down question marks, for example). I just had to type in my serial number and everything works now.
UPDATE: Audible will not let me listen to my subscription books and periodicals on my G5. I get an error message stating that I need to remove my Audible account on at least one of my other computers. I do not yet have a fix for this. I need to go to their help site.
I found the answer, not on the web site, but in iTunes itself. Under the Advanced menu choose Deauthorize Computer. I found this handy feature AFTER I found this page on the Audible.com site. That always happens.
I cannot get over how fast this G5 is. It should be fast after all, I payed a pretty penny for it! I can’t get over how fast things install and apps load and everything else. I will have to use it for a little while to notice how much faster it feels over the Dual 2.0 Ghz G5 at work.
I was not thinking strait when I ordered my G5 and bought an AirPort Extreme card after the fact, so I had to install it. That was the easiest computer component I have ever installed. I also ordered extra RAM from Crucial, and that installation was similarly painless.
So here are the specs of my new baby:
Dual 2.5 Ghz G5 with 1.25 Ghz frontside bus
3GB DDR400 SDRAM (PC3200)
ATI Radeon 9800 XT w/256MB DDR SDRAM
AirPort Extreme Card
8x SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Cinema HD Display (23″ flat panel)
I got the Cinema Display July 30, the day my G5 was supposed to ship. The G5 was then supposed to ship August 20. Then it was supposed to ship August 30. Each time I got emails explaining the delays. On August 22nd I got shipment confirmation, I am just so glad I have it now and it is not a lemon.
I do not understand why the ATI 9800 XT has a ADC port on it. It SHOULD have two DVI ports on it. I of course also do not understand why Apple came up with the Apple Display Connector in the first place. I have my 23″ Cinema plugged into the DVI port, and now need to buy a Dr. Bott ADC VGA Extractor for $25 to plugin my other monitor.
I wish the cord for these new Cinema Displays was longer. I would like to place my G5 tower on the floor, and the Cinema on my desk. But because of how short the cord is that plugs into the Cinema’s power brick, I have to put the G5 on my desk next to the Cinema.
Other then the ADC port on the ATI 9800 XT, my only other complaint with the G5 is only having one Firewire 400 port in the back. I figured after the feedback from the Rev. A G5 they may put another Firewire 400 in the back. Oh well. I just have too many Firewire devices, and for that matter, too many USB devices.
Connecting everything was a snap. Of course I would accept nothing less with a new G5! Connecting to my new AirPort Express was a breeze. Connecting the BlueTooth Keyboard was a breeze. It was so easy to connect via BlueTooth to my Tungsten T3 and transferring files. I sent a couple Word and PDF documents to my T3, that is so slick! Rendezvous printing worked as expected. No glitches what so ever. Not having to install POPFile was such a nice sunrise, that is for sure.
Now if you will excuse me I need to go play Halo on my new G5