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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

My Home Computer is Dead

Hard and fast on the heels of last month's data disaster, my home computer today refused to power on. It's about 5 years old (an AMD 1.8GHz machine with 512MB of RAM), so it was about time, but...

If you've been sending me e-mail or otherwise corresponding with me, I might be as fast as you're used to on the response. But I'll use this opportunity to poll my friends: What should I get as a replacement? An Intel Mac Mini (fully loaded, of course) that dual boots Windows XP? Or an IBM Thinkpad X60 laptop? The laptop is much more portable, and I definitely love my X31 which is my work machine, but the Mac Mini has a delicious S-Video out, so I can plug it into my receiver for video playback.

Good thing my old machine was backed up this time...

3 comments:

ark said...

Make the laptop vs desktop decision and then either get a intel mac mini or a mac bbook pro! you see, problem solved.

I' m fairly sure the mac book pro has delicious s video out (and optical audio out too)

I'd rather have a laptop anyday and the mac's are so nice, you'll rarely boot it into windows mode (honest!)

genejackson said...

Hello, it is a good thing you backed up your data. Most people don,t. But how did you get to this point. Sounds like a good machine. Probably a power supply issue. Find solutions at www.webopportunities.blogspot.com

Piaw Na said...

The MacBook is an unacceptable laptop. It is too big (15" screen), and too heavy (5.6 pounds!). The keyboard sucks compared to the Thinkpads, and the battery life isn't very good. By contrast, my Thinkpads have always had fantastic keyboards, and amazing battery life (Zurich to San Francisco on the X31 with me typing my trip report furiously and labeling pictures in Picasa), and are light (3.25 pounds).

So if it's a matter of the Macbook versus the Thinkpad, it's an easy choice. (Not to mention I get a much better discount for the Thinkpad versus the Macbook, so the prices aren't even in the same ballpark!)