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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Tuesday May 16, 2006
10:24 AM

my next laptop: ordered

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Previously, I had wondered whether I could cope if the new iBook replacement phased out the twelve-inch PowerBook. I made a list of my requirements:

  • small; no bigger than my first laptop
  • runs a unix-like operating system
  • Core Duo processor
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • second display at higher resolution

The new MacBook meets all those requirements. It ships with a half-gig of memory, but I'll probably upgrade it to two once I have it. Apple's RAM prices are usually insane, so I'll order from Crucial. Oh, did I mention? I ordered one already.

I ordered the high-end white MacBook. I put the black in my cart first, and then decided I should double-check on the differences. The black MacBook is $200 more than the high-end white. It has a 80 GB hard drive instead of a 60, but is otherwise identical. Well, and it's black. The 20 GB hard drive upgrade is a $50 option on the white. That means that there's a $150 blackness surcharge. That is ridiculous. I would rather use those $150 for something useful, like the RAM, or new software, or a Nintendo Wii. Anyway, everyone else will be ordering the cool new black model, so I'll be the cool rebel with the white one... right?

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  • Please post info when you've worked on the new machine a bit, I'm thinking about this (or something like it) for my wife.

    BTW, I forgot to wish you a happy anniversary on our shared wedding date, so: Happy Anniversary!

    • Thanks! Happy anniversary to you, too! We got some tasty dinner and relaxed. It was good.

      I'll surely post a lot (too much) about my MacBook once it arrives.
  • second display at higher resolution

    So it will properly run dual headed? That's better than the iBook, and one of the two reasons that put me off buying one. (The other being that 1024 isn't really wide enough to have two terminals side by side the way I like them.)

  • I will be in strenous negotiations with my wife tonight. I am hoping she will buy into the "I won't need another for years!" approach. : )
    • Gloria never makes me negotiate for these things, so I try to keep a tight leash on myself. It /usually/ works out. I bought my current PowerBook just in time for OSCON '03, and I decided then to wait three years before getting another. My reward for waiting? A new laptop!
    • I have the opposite "problem". My wife is the enabler.

      "Ooh, a 23" Apple Cinema Display" = "Go ahead, we both have jobs and no kids. That's why we work"

      "Ooh, a 50" Wall-Hang Plasma TV" = "Go ahead. We can get the entertainment center out of the living room and make more room".

      Evil I say. Just Pure Evil.