New MBPU 17" owners: What are your daily routines?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pagga, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Pagga macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2009
    Closer to the Artic circle than I like to be
    As I´m hitting week 2 of the new life with the 17", I´m starting to notice my habtits an routines with the machine.

    - I´m mostly on battery, 90% with the 9400 Nvidea card (254MB)
    - I use approx 1 battery round a day, which means 4.5 - 7hours on the machine.
    - I use the machine approx 65% at home and 35% away from home.
    - Superdrive: I´ve only used the Superdrive once or twice, nothing more.
    - Ports: I use one of the USB ports for storing to a memory stick daily. I use the firewire 800 for my external harddrive (500GB mybook) approx every third day.
    - Webcam: I´ve used the integrated webcamera once or twice for photobooth.
    - The programs I mostly use are Word (50%), Safari/Firefox (30%), Photoshop (10%) and Itunes (10%). Other progs are also used, but only very little.
    - Keyboardlights: I use the keyboard light daily (approx half strength)
    - Brightness: I´m usually on full or one-two notches down.
    - Speakers: For music I´m 90% on Ipod touch. Other than that, I´m 90% on headphones.

    I would love to hear what your routines are, boys and girls.

  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    Well i wake up, clean my teeth
    Wipe my screen with a microfiber cloth
    load parallels
    code in Visual Studio in Windows
    code in X Code in Leopard
    realize Visual Studio sucks big time
    transfer everything over to X Code
    realize none of my programs i just made are going to work with Snow Leopard
    Slap myself
    Load Snow Leopard beta
    realize Parallels doesn't work on Snow Leopard beta
    get very frustrated
    start again...

    thats my usual routine :p
  3. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    - I'm almost always on 9600GT video card (80% of the time)
    - The only time I'm on the 9400M is in class, but if I have too much stuff opened, I wouldn't bother logging out.
    - I use the battery close to 2-4 cycles a day. Each time on battery, the CPU is running constantly above 50%, which doesn't give me great battery life especailly with a 100% brightness screen + 50%+ cpu usage on both cores and a 9600GT video card. I'm at 34 cycles in 2 weeks.
    - Speakers: If I'm away from my speaker set, I would use the speakers. Normally its kept at 60%-80%, sometimes higher.
    - Superdrive: I haven't used it since my install of my Printer Drivers.
    - Ports: I use the USB and Headphones and MagSafe only
    - Webcam: I use it constantly, mostly at night to webcam with my friends
    - Programs: VMWare Fusion constantly, almost 100% active/running. Firefox always opened also with the occasional quit/restart due to a odd CPU leak. iChat,, iCal, iTunes, MSN Messenger, TextMate, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9. Just to list a few.
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I have only had it for a few days but I've been spending time just figuring out the OS, installing software and experimenting. I have it just about set up perfect. Everything's backed up with time machine and I cloned another drive with C.C.C....just in case.

    In order of usage its:

    Dreamweaver......(I'm trying to learn)

    - Plugged in always. I run the battery down every few days.
    - I use the machine 90% home.
    - I tested the Gt card once or twice but otherwise its been the 9400.
    - Superdrive: I've only used the Superdrive once
    - Ports: Just USB so far. Its a real shame Apple couldn't separate those USB ports just a little, there too close together.
    - Webcam: once, in the setup.
    - Keyboardlights: whatever the auto setting is.
    - Brightness: Plenty bright. No dim screen here! probably @ 75%
    - Speakers: I stream music to a Bose radio in the kitchen or a amp in the living room. (Audio engine A-1)

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