I used to hate the Apple migration tool. There always seemed to be problems, the applications never transferred correctly and I swear my iTunes settings never carried over. Worse yet, my Keychain never copied completely, forcing me to change far too many of my passwords.
But it worked last time, when I transferred everything from my aluminum MacBook to my new MacBook Pro. Everything was there and the process was far faster than I expected. Most of my keychain, mail and contact settings synced up perfectly with my MobileMe account, too.
I used a Firewire 800 cable, making this the first time I’ve connected two Macs together with that cable. Before I used a Firewire 400-800 cable and prior to that, a Firewire 400 cable. I used to think transdisk mode (why they don’t just call it Firewire mode is beyond me) was super cool.
When I migrate my sister from her Powerbook G4 to my old MacBook Pro next month, I won’t transfer the Applications, to make sure she won’t need Rosetta. I kinda wish we could be more selective than all or nothing, but this works just fine.
Update: 90 minutes later and I typed the beginning of this post. Not bad. Everything is here, save for a few registration numbers. Be sure to remember to deauthorize your old computer on ALL your iTunes and Audible accounts or it will be a pain in the ass to reset.