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Solving the Dilemma [Jan. 30th, 2009|09:14 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Last Sunday, I took Jeremy to the Apple store as he had never been. He wanted to go look at iPods as he had never shopped for them before and was not familiar with Apple's product line. I was also trying to plant the seeds of doubt, trying to get him away from his horrid HP laptop running Vista.

Boy, did he like the Mac Book Air! I like it too, and the more I play around on the new Airs with the 1066Mhz memory, the more I want one. The more I want one, the more I get stuck in my dilemma. I think the Air has enough power now with the new nVidia chips and faster memory that I wouldn't miss any of the things that it lacks. I say that now, but if I'm on the road and wanted to watch a movie, well I'd be right screwed. Of course, thinking back to the time I had that HP Pavilion, I think the only time that I watched movies on if while on the road was when I went home for Christmas.

Prior to my recent visit to the Apple store, I had settled on purchasing a unibody $1599 MacBook, upping the memory to 4GB and purchasing a copy of Fusion to run VMs so I could test various Linux distros. Hell, since it's a VM, I could even use my XP SP 1 disc to install Windows.

[The reason I haven't dual-booted is 1. Why would I want to run Windows at home, especially on a Mac? 2.I'd much rather run Windows in a VM rather than having to dual boot. Dual boot means never using one of the OSes. I HATE rebooting. 3. You have to have an XP SP 2 CD to dual boot. Something about needed drivers are missing from the SP 1 disc, as as I don' t have two CD roms and there's not a way to eject the CD during installation, you can't install the needed drivers for SP 1.]

So, that having been said, I was looking at making a $2400 purchase walking out the door, but it'd be a unibody Macbook with an illuminated keyboard, 4GB of 1066Mhz RAM, and a machine capable of running multiple simultaneous VMs, damnit!

But during the afore mentioned visit to the Apple store, I heard a disturbing rumor: the White Macbook was getting a spec bump!




As you can see here the white MacBook now contains the new nVidia chips along and comes standard with 2GB of memory. Granted, it's DDR2, so it's a bit slower, but I don't think that Apple would be doing a spec bump if it couldn't run Snow Leopard, but then I am reminded of ehowton's quip:


Remember the CAN-YOU-RUN-VISTA program you could download? The one which told you which "number" your system was?



1. Your system cannot run Vista.

2. Your system can run some core components of Vista.

3. Your system can run Vista, but many features will be disabled.

4. Your system can run Vista with most, but not all features enabled.

5. There is no hardware available today to run a full version of Vista with everything turned on.





I like Apple's approach better:



Leopard will run faster than Tiger, even on your old equipment.



Its the opposite of 'bloatware' and we, as cattle, don't know how to handle this information. We don't understand because its completely antithetical to our way of thinking. Microsoft has brainwashed us into thinking that security flaws and poor code are simply a way of life.


When the salesperson at Apple told me that the white MacBook was getting a spec bump, at first I shrugged it off. I don't want a white Mabook, I want a unibody Macbook. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a fool I was for turning this down. 667Mhz DDR2 memory aside, this laptop would be running the nVidia chipset and be getting a faster FSB which is what greatly helped the Air Rev B. Now, I can do everything I wanted to do with the unibody on the entry level machine, which will save me up to $1K. Though I'm still waiting on a W2 to come in, I pre-figured my Federal tax return last night. I'm looking at getting at least$650 back from the Feds and have additional money currently saved for this project. Add to that I should be getting something back from the State (didn't calculate that yet) plus Obama is talking about giving out tax cuts stimulus checks.

To get a white MacBook, upgraded RAM to 4GB + Apple Care + Fusion shipped to my door is $1596.19. Still a chunk of change, but not anywhere near the $2400+ I was looking at. The best part is, I'll be able to pay cash and that's if I don't save another dime towards this project, which of course is a ludicrous notion because even though I'm behind the curve now, work is about to pick up and there is plenty of overtime ahead.

My only gripe to this plan is that it is backwards from what I had originally planned, i.e. buying the Nikon D60 and then the laptop, but this does make more sense. Despite not being able to justify the need for a laptop, I can afford it and I want it and I will buy it. Once bought, it will be used frequently and heavily. If for some reason I get to the point where I need the cash, the MacBook can be sold. Thankfully Apple products retain their value when reselling.

The flip side to this, of course, is that I was given a film camera and have only taken one roll of film with it. There are several reasons for that: it costs to have the film developed; it takes time to get the film developed; the majority of what I would want to do with the pictures I take would be to run them through Photoshop and then publish them on the web. This is much easier to do with a digital camera.

I know I will use the D60 when I get it because I will want to learn the art of photography. The other thing I'm thinking about is Sidewalk and traveling over the summer. If I want to take a laptop with me, I'd rather have it sooner so I can get all of my apps, data and customization done and out of the way. This takes time. The camera, on the other hand, will be ready for use out of the box. Yes, I'll need time to learn how to use and and use it well, but the camera will take decent photos even if I don't know what I'm doing with it whereas I might not be able to get set up for efficiency on the laptop without the proper lead time.

All in all, I think if I'm going to get a MacBook (and it's not a matter of if but rather when) then I think this is the decision path to go down.

Now if only I had my refund money already. I'm ready to stimulate the economy.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-30 04:58 pm (UTC)
...if I'm on the road and wanted to watch a movie, well I'd be right screwed.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-30 05:01 pm (UTC)
I assume the point your making with the naked chick covered in candy is that being screwed whilst in a hotel isn't a bad thing.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-30 05:50 pm (UTC)
You assume incorrectly. That sir, is a picture of an external USB DVD drive. This FASCINATING technology allows you to watch DVD movies on a computer which is not equipped with one internally.

I have just solved a very complex problem for you with a wave of my hand. Next, I'll work on global hunger.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-30 05:52 pm (UTC)
yes, that works, but only if you are on a flat surface. It'd be kinda awkward to watch a movie that way when laying in bed, I think. Of course, Steve Jobs would want me to buy all of my movie content through the iTunes store.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-30 07:11 pm (UTC)
Its like you're dumb or something. Or have an excuse for everything. You suck.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-30 07:15 pm (UTC)
So what's your excuse for not using smoke signals for sending TCP/IP?
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2009-01-30 05:48 pm (UTC)
I have to ask, in the picture you posted is that a guy covered in flower petals in the upper left quadrant???
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-31 12:26 am (UTC)

"Eye Candy" by Unique Nudes

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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2009-01-30 11:40 pm (UTC)
Dude, I can't believe you have picture up of a naked guy covered in flower petals and it is not even drax0r .
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-01-31 12:27 am (UTC)

"Eye Candy" by Unique Nudes

You need your eyes checked. Badly.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2009-01-31 01:20 am (UTC)

Re: "Eye Candy" by Unique Nudes

Well excuse meee, but that picture in your picture is not even an inch wide so it was very difficult to tell. Let's not forget your proclivity for such pictures of which I still the physical evidence i.e. a certain disc you once made.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-01-31 01:26 am (UTC)

Re: "Eye Candy" by Unique Nudes

Please share with the rest of the class!
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2009-01-30 05:45 pm (UTC)
!!!
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[User Picture]From: professortom
2009-01-30 05:51 pm (UTC)
you should update your blog.
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 12:11 am (UTC)
I would like someone to please give me some sort of bailout so I can go stimulate the economic growth of my wardrobe.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 01:31 am (UTC)
You're not in America.
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 01:35 am (UTC)
Hey now, they're doin those in Canada too! And I live in North America, same as you :p
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 01:40 am (UTC)
Though Lord Barack Obama The Most Merciful said he would talk with all natiions and lend a helping hand while raping his own country, I don't think Canada is on the list for bailouts. You need to ask Stephen Harper for that.
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 01:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't really care who supplies the cash...I'm not picky!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 01:45 am (UTC)
Neither am I, but I prefer to work for a living, though, if there is money to be given away, I am not going to turn it down.
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2009-02-02 01:46 am (UTC)
hey. Nowhere there did I say that I wanted someone to give me money for living. It is stated very clearly that this funding would be a stimulus package for my wardrobe.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-02-02 01:47 am (UTC)
oh. I stand corrected.
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