Updated 3/16/2014, Full disclosure: I picked up a 13″ MacBook Air this week
I’m not sure I want it anymore.
No, I do still want one, but the annoying voice in the back of my head has all but shut up. I know what you’re thinking, somewhere an angel has just lost it’s wings because I’m being selfish. As a professional geek, I’m supposed to buy this stuff and talk about it to everyone I come into contact with in order to help the charity case that is Apple.
How could I NOT want this beautiful machine!?! Like I said, $2800 is a lot of money. It’s not too much money for what it is. These machines are unbelievably fast and well made. And I just love that the underlying OS is a Linux derivative. Here’s the real problem, I just got word about my new work machine:
Dell Lattitude E6510. Do I really need a wicked fast personal laptop when I already sleep with a wicked fast work laptop?
I needed a new work machine that could support more memory as I need to run multiple commercial RDMBS via VMWare images. That means I needed a 64 bit machine that supported at least 8GM of RAM – just like the MacBook Pro. Does it run the Apple OS? Is it as sexy as the Apple? Will my tech-frenemies be as jealous as I want them to be? No, but I’m realizing those are critical needs. I can’t justify several thousand dollars on a ‘toy’ that only satisfies wants and not needs. And besides, getting exposure to Win7 will satisfy a bit of my tech exploration jonesing that I thought I needed a MacBook for.
Here’s what I do with my home PC now:
Appreciate my quandary?
Apple does. In fact, they’ve invented a machine that addresses my real needs AND wants at a much lower price point. Now I can get what I need and save a bunch of dough for the little one’s college fund. And, my friends will still be jealous.
Update: The MacBook Air
Four years later…and my Mac Mini isn’t cutting the mustard anymore. It can’t handle 2014 I/O loads with 2009 hardware – lots of pausing, freezing, stuttering. It’s pretty old as far as computers go.
So I bought a MacBook Air. The wife wanted a laptop. My ego still wanted the MBP. So I compromised, but not my much. The Air is super fast. I upgrade the memory and HD to the max available. It runs my Oracle Database 12c VirtualBox image with no problems. It sucked in the 5GB+ image in less than 2 minutes, pretty impressive.
It’s still going to be used for paying the bills, web surfing, and iTunes