I'm in the process of taking a huge step towards a greater Mac-based life; learning to use the improved Mail programme. So far I like it a lot; the learning junk mail filter is already doing a better job than I've managed before, and it took me only a few minutes to set up a thoroughly nested set of mailboxes.
I know that it's good to have separate users, and we're already feeling the benefit of giving Marianne a special desktop. But there are certain things, like the e-mail message base and the iTunes library that would work better if they were shared with all users. Crap person that I am, I haven't worked out how to do that yet. I suspect I'm not paying attention.
Meanwhile, I showed my brother and sister-in-law the iPod and they were well impressed. I'm busily adding stuff (such as Linda Thompson's new album, bought at the gig last night), setting up playlists -- songs for kids, songs we all like, soothing songs, instrumentals, songs never yet played, songs added in the last week, songs most played, songs that are particularly good on motorways, and so on -- and generally being delighted with the thing.
And then there's the toy I didn't mention when writing about the iPod. We were sitting around at Dangercon on Saturday, and Dr Plokta suddenly said "I think I'm going to have to buy one of the new Powerbooks. It does exactly everything you might want a computer to do." Then he paused and looked at his Coke. "At the moment, anyway."