I just treated myself to an early Xmas present. I bought a new Macbook Pro earlier this week and it’s great.
The laptop it replaces was a Sony Vaio, which is roughly five years old. The hard drive was starting to die (lots of clicking noises) and the CD drive was effectively dead. Oh, and the PC Card slots were also toasted. Linux ran reasonably well on it so that’s why I’ve kept it for so long.
I was debating about buying a new Linux laptop from System76 but my wife convinced me to get the Mac. I’ve been wanting one ever since we bought an eMac for our kids four years ago but with the success I had running Linux on the Sony, I was hesitant to splurge on a Mac. The price difference was ~$400.
But, since I also bought a regular Macbook for my wife as an early Xmas present, I thought it would be easiest to get one also. Being in the Navy, I could use the integrated camera for video chat, plus it would be easier to help her if she has issues w/ her computer using the remote desktop control.
Another point in the Mac’s favor is the fact that I can use virtualization to put any other OS on it. Right now I’m running the beta version of VMWare Fusion and have an Ubuntu installation installed. This weekend I’m going to see how it handles Windows; hopefully I can play some of my old Windows games I’ve been holding onto.
I like the backlit keyboard. It makes it easy to use the system in a darkened room (like staying up late in bed). And the new Pros have LEDs for backlights instead of cold cathode tubes so the lighting is more uniform and easier to adjust.
Sure, Macs are expensive but consider what they come with compared to a Windows system: iLife, Unix power and stability, no Microsoft tax, the ability to run nearly any OS (either virtualized or via Boot Camp), no antivirus or antispyware software to install, and a system that “just works”. I think the last item is one of the best; the computer very rarely has any problems, mostly because the hardware and software are created by the same company.
So, that’s my story of my new toy. It was a little pricey but I got the education discount and we can claim it on our taxes as an educational expense. Oh, and Leopard is a great OS. The only thing I don’t like are the new default icons for system folders and the way these icons show up on the Dock. But other than that I have no compliants, yet. 🙂