My Next Computer

I have had a Mac laptop as my main computer for over 7 years. Every member of my family has their own laptop and we don’t own a single desktop machine.

That is all about to change.

My boss came in last week and asked if I was planning on buying any new hardware before the end of the month. He asked because we’re Mac developers and there is a special program that give us a hardware discount on a certain number of machines every year. His renewal date is the beginning of Septemeber. So he’ll feel he hasn’t gotten his money’s worth – the program costs $3500/year – if he hasn’t used his hardware purchases by the end of the month. But I told him I wasn’t looking for a new machine unless Apple comes out with something crazy cool at WWDC.

I’ve been contemplating a desktop for about a year now. I do a lot of work in Photoshop and manage a bunch of photographs. To do this you need a fast machine with lots of ram and lots of hard drive space. Laptops don’t do this for you. I’ve got the biggest screen you can get 17″. Laptop drives peek out in size at about 80 GB, and they are slower 5200 speed.

Apple announced their pro desktop machine on Monday called the MacPro. It is crazy cool. And I want one.

So as soon as my boss gets back, or gets the email I sent him and acts on it. I’ll be ordering a MacPro with 2 GB of ram and a 23″ display. It will be bliss. I expect using the tools I use now will be a whole different experience.

Strangely it will probably also mean I will get to have a new laptop as well. My 17″ is worth some money used, so I’ll probably sell it. I’ll set up a user account for myself on my wife’s MacBook and an account for her on the desktop. Then I’ll take the MacBook to work and she can use the desktop during the day, and in the evening we can switch.