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Unboxing Vate

09/17/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

Here are the promised pictures of unboxing the MacBookPro, now named Vate. The pictures aren't great - I must have been shaking with excitement.

Apple basically gives you a nice, cardboard laptop case, complete with handle.

MacBookPro Box with Handle
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And Apple has an amazingly decorative way wtih styrofoam.

Apple's Fancy Styrofoam
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Everything is nice, neat and tight in the box.

Pieces in the Box
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And this is what you get, plus the Parallels box.

What's in the Box plus Parallels
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And, of course, the first thing it wanted to do after registering and logging in, is updating, which, as said earlier, took a very long time.

Screen Shot of Update Dialogue
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I've heard that people are seeing the magplug falling apart. I guess that I'll see as time goes on. It is an amazingly powerful magnet though; I have a heck of time unplugging it from the laptop, and Clarise can't get it out at all.

I'm just piddling about and learning about MacOSX. On Monday we'll set up Parallels with WindowsXPsp2 and at least SLED. And I'll be adding the missing sync as well, so that my Lifedrive and Vate will get along most wondrously.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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