Will it really be here June 14th?

9 days or so – thats when Apple is estimating that I’ll get my new MacBook Pro (I still think the name “MacBook Pro” is kinda stupid).

I’ve been agonizing over which to get – the MacBook or the MacBook Pro, and I finally came down on the site of the Pro. The extra $400 is buying me pixels and pixel pushing when it comes right down to it. I’ve been living in a 1024×768 world for several years now on my day-to-day programming/fiddling/whatever machine. Time to get some more real estate on the screen, not to mention a huge leap in processing power. From a 533Mhz G3 to a 2.16Ghz Intel core duo. I rather expect a stunning increase in speed with this move.

I also ventured very close to getting one of those 20″ iMacs – they’re very, very nice machines. I wish the cabling was a little better situated (like a usb port on the side or front for the usb keyfob that has replaced the ubiquitous floppy disk), but it’s an incredible value for a desktop machine. And the screen… well, it’s not a 30″ display, but it’s darned nice. Way more than you can comfortably do *in* a laptop.

The new laptop is a 15″ (17″ is just too big of a laptop for me), so my new default resolution is going to be 1440×900. The MacBook was 1280×800. And there’s a video card difference – the pro version is certainly capable of driving another screen without any issue at all.

Well, it should ship in a few days, and then it’ll be a little easier to track. Until it ships, I’m not counting it rolling really. There’s no telling when a parts backlog somewhere will screw up the production line, and I wouldn’t expect the online store thingy to really be 100% accurate with build and ship timings.

And that concludes my wild spending for the summer – been planning this for a while. WWDC ticket, ADC Select membership, and a new laptop. It’ll take a while to replenish my “geek toys” fund, but it’s definitely worth it.

Heh – and I get a copy of Comic Life with it. That’ll be fun to play with…

Published by heckj

Joe has broad software engineering development and management experience, from startups to large companies. Joe works on projects ranging from mobile to multi-cloud distributed systems, has set up and led engineering teams and processes, as well as managing and running services. Joe also contributes and collaborates with a wide variety of open source projects, and writes online at https://rhonabwy.com/.

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