Friday, September 03, 2010

Mondo superb

For my new job I have now a new Macbook Pro. I got the top of the line Core I7 15" model, and pumped it up with 8 gigabytes of RAM (from my old MBP, now back to its OEM 4GB configuration) and a new 750GB hard drive. All of this is for doing some heavy work with VMware Fusion to develop software for a number of operating systems, but so far I haven't managed to max out the CPU, unlike on my old 2.53ghz Core 2 Duo machine. So compare this photo with the one below. It's bigger, but not that much heavier. I wish I could have gotten the Core I7 in the smaller form factor, but, alas, it makes too much heat -- under the covers are *two* fans, compared to the *one* fan in the smaller model. Oh the price -- you don't want to know the price. But this is how I make my living. Like mechanics buying top of the line Snap-On and Craftsman tools, someone who makes his living with computers is exercising false frugality if he doesn't buy good tools. But you, as an ordinary civilian, will be well served by the lower-end laptops that sell for under $1,000. Still, this is a beautiful piece of hardware, and it's no wonder that half the Dell laptops I see have an Apple logo stuck over the Dell logo on the back as their embarrassed owners try to hide the fact that they're cheap bastards :).

-- Badtux the Geeky Penguin


  1. So did you buy it or did The Man buy it?

    I recently bought a nice Asus laptop that I'm very happy with, especially because it has HDMI out. Now I can download HD tv shows & watch 'em on the big screen. That, sadly perhaps, is one of the high points of my life. That & our 5 cats.

  2. Yeah I have the Mac Pro too. It barely gets warm. The one I want when I grow up is the real Pro. The one that is around 22,000. I guess it can be a server. Others can go through you to get on the web. I have stuff on mine that I have no idea how to use. Like Dream Weaver,Photo shop, garage band, apple has this other thing for building web pages which I haven't even looked at. I'm trying to learn stuff on my own, but it's tough. It sounds like you already know most of the stuff and so you'll get that much more out of it. Good luck;)

  3. Yeah, I don't use a computer for high-end stuff. Writing, researching, crap like that. So this HP 4510 suits me.


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