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Mmm, Shiny!

March 20, 2007 ·

As my iTunes collection gets larger and the number of open source projects I work on grows, it gets harder to share space on my work laptop so I just took the plunge to buy a laptop for me. After a lot of deliberation - and negotiation with my "financial controller" (aka "wife") - I settled on a 2.33GHz 17" MacBook Pro with 3Gb RAM, the glossy screen and the 160Gb HD. We've been planning to buy a new Mac for Jay for a while so I also added a 2.16GHz 20" iMac with 2Gb RAM and the 250Gb HD. We also decided to try the Airport Extreme Base Station which brings together high-speed wireless with a multi-port router and a networked USB port. That'll make it easier for us to share our myriad USB devices over the network. In theory. I'll post more about how this holds up in reality in due course.

Tags: osx · personal · wifi

9 responses

  • 1 rob // Mar 20, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    niiiiice :)
  • 2 sal // Mar 20, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Wicked!! thats awesome you're able to "settle" for an investment like that! I hope when I have 20yrs. + of development under my belt I'll be able to rock a purchase like that...
    Purks of working for Adobe huh? ;-)

    cheers.
  • 3 Nathan Dintenfass // Mar 20, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    So, talk more about the glossy screen decision -- seems they are more popular, but when I see them they always seem to have more glare. Why is it better for you?

  • 4 Brandon Harper // Mar 20, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Very nice. I'll be curious to hear about your Airport experience-- I've been thinking about picking one up as an easy way to share an existing big external USB drive between various machines at home without having to have it plugged into a dedicated machine.

    Then again you're probably not trying to support Windows, OS X, and Linux all on the same network. :)
  • 5 Sean Corfield // Mar 20, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    @Brandon, yeah, I was tempted to get the La Cie "Big Disk" triple interface 640Gb HD as a shared network drive but I think I'll see how the base station works out before I dump money on a network USB drive. And, actually, yes, I will have Windows, OS X and Linux all on the same network.

    @Nathan, I am used to the matt screens - I'll see how I get on with the glossy screen. In theory, it provides better color and brightness but we'll have to see.

    @Sal, not sure why you feel the need to be so negative. I've paid $3k-$5k for every laptop I've ever owned (except my Fujitsu Lifebook 400 which lasted exactly one year - what a waste of money!). I've pretty much always had my own laptops but since I've been at Macromedia / Adobe, I've grown to rely on the company-provided machine. So, in fact, the "perk" was not having to buy a machine. Now I'm back to my previous practice of always owning a machine, paid for out of my own pocket. My first personal laptop was a Powerbook 520c many, many years ago and it cost a ton of money...
  • 6 Rico // Mar 21, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    Excellent purchase! We recently bought 15 of the same model for our developers, and love them. We use Eclipse (and Aptana), the adobe suite, Parallels with a few Windows instances, Ubuntu, etc. I consider them the "Swiss Army Knife" of computers. And originally I priced the same hardware against an IBM Thinkpad T60P, and a Dell with the same CPU, HD, Memory, and the IBM was $1,000 more and the Dell was $600 more. And the glossy screen is great when viewing dead-on, and since it's no extra charge, why not.

    You will love it. Best of luck!
  • 7 Sean Corfield // Mar 21, 2007 at 6:40 AM

    @Rico, thanx. The cost vs IBM and Dell matches my experiences with Apple - as long as people compare like with like. When we bought my wife's original 17" iMac, we priced up an equivalent Dell and the iMac came out about $800 cheaper for the spec my wife wanted.
  • 8 Rico // Mar 21, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    I just wish more people would (pardon the pun) compare Apples to Apples when they shop. People don't realize that Apple doesn't sell cheap junk (celeron, etc.), so they get caught up in the price thing. When you take time to do the math, they realize that you get more machine for less money. We are even able to run NetWeaver server under Parallels on the MacBook without a problem. Now that's heavy lifting!
  • 9 sal // Mar 21, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    haha no negativity here man. just messin/jealous thats all... lol
    Just looking up to ya as a young developer...
    ya know.

    ;-)
    cheers