Friday, December 28, 2007

The almost purchased mac

Well, I became the owner of a macbook for a couple of days, but had to return it. It's not that I won't buy one. It's just that I bought one on special at Dick Smith - the previous 2.0GHz model - where they assured me I could install 4GB of RAM. But then the advice around the internet is that it will only use 3GB. So I returned it since Dick Smith said they'd done it, but they couldn't guarantee that it would work. And I couldn't test it out in the brief 14 day window (since I was going to be away for a while).
Ah well, we wait until February.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Time for a new computer

Well, I've spent the last couple of years with some second hand laptops for college. They've been good, but the one at college only has 64MB of RAM and the one at home 186MB. At college I've been using Vector Linux which is sweet. But while Word 97 has been running fine, it started to crash periodically. At home it's been Windows 2000 which takes forever to load and is cramped.
So with 4th year coming, it's time for an upgrade.
And I'm looking at moving to the mac. Partly because Vista looks even more ugly than XP, and partly because I want a machine that's simply going to work. And I figure if Apple's produced the machine and the software, there's at least some hope. Besides, I like Unix, so I'll feel more at home if I need to go to prompt.
I'm thinking of a Macbook, upgrading it to 4GB so that I can run parallels comfortably, and then I can keep working with Bibleworks. (Accordance is ok, but you get more for less money with Bibleworks, it seems to me. And we currently have v. 4.0 of Bibleworks. I'll probably run Windows 2000 in Accordance, still. Don't own a spare copy of XP.)
I hate going through the process as I get too caught up in geek-fantasies. I'll be glad when the decision are all over.

Exams are over - again

Oops! A year of neglect. All my good intentions. Well, let's see what I can do over the holidays. I have a month's preaching through Hebrews which should get me reflecting and I'm looking at moving to the mac world, so I'll share where I'm at. But all in good time.