New Year’s Resolutions and Apple Computers


So, it’s no big secret that I’m not actually a legendary fan of Mac, despite being a visual artist, graphic designer, and web master. But, my last real impression with them was in college while OSX was still fledgling, and then later with my (admittedly) good friend who is one of the crazy fanatics who can really ruin anything for you (there are movies I still won’t watch just because of how he made a big deal about them).

But, it’s a new year now, a new decade really, and I’ve been playing around with the office’s 15″ MacBook Pro, and I have to admit, the fit and finish on these new aluminum unibodies is second to none. And, the new Snow Leopard build of OSX seems snappy and responsive, and the new multi-touch gestures with up to four finger swiping for things like the Exposé and minimize all makes multitasking on it a real pleasure finally.

So,I’m making a very strange resolution this year: I’m going to ditch my current laptop in favor of a 13″ MacBook Pro. Now, anyone who’s seen my laptop might think this is an extra strange resolve, because I currently own one of Toshiba’s high-end 17″ dual-core dual-GPU SLi gaming rigs, so a switch to the pared down 13″ Pro might seem an odd move, but let me explain.

The newest MacBook Pro, the little 13″, starts in a default config with a 2.26GHZ dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 160 GB HD (upgradable to 250 GB for a mere 50 bucks). My Toshiba has a 2.1 GHZ dual core (of an older generation, too), 2 GB of RAM, and dual 120 GB drives. So, really, other than the screen and the SLi, I’m upgrading even at the lowest Pro. And, I’m willing to live with the smaller screen because even 17″ isn’t really enough for Lightroom, and the cost difference between a 13″ MBP and the 17″ will buy me a 24″ widescreen display. Now that’s big enough for Lightroom.

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  • Jamie Dahl says:

    Hey great missive, however i’d suggest you bump that macbook to 4G or more of memory. My 9-5 job is as a network engineer but I also do ALL my photo editting/cataloging from the previous generation 15″ MacBook Pro. It is maxed at 3G of memory and I’m constantly having to kill either firefox or safari once i open PS and/or LR in order to free up enough memory to actually work effectively. Good luck on your transition!

  • Derek Derek says:

    Hey Jamie!

    I’d mentioned in the post I was going to get some HD and RAM upgrades, the bump to 4GB was the RAM end (I’m going to push the HD to 320 GB and then start putting money away for a Drobo and DroboShare for the ultimate NAS). The Toshiba’s actually muscled through on 2 GB very well, despite Vista, and before that I muscled through on a gig of RAM on my Linux server box for many many years, so truth be told 4GB will be something of a giddy thing for me.

    Firefox is a notorious memory hog, I prefer Chrome for weight, although these days I’m trying Flock to keep connected for my blogging career, and have found it to be lighter than FF despite the same engine. I think it’s available for Macs.

  • Jerry says:

    I have the 15″ MB pro univody two years old 2.53 processor 4gb ram
    and though the screens a bit small it does lightroom really well. I do all my photo work on a 2006 1st edition pro tower w/intel two duo-core 2.66 processors 12gb ram. Not as fast as the new ones today but very happy. I made the switch in 2006.
    The 13″ is a nice book enjoy.

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