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What to buy, what to buy …  16

Whilst I was laid up in hospital, being waited on hand and foot by many lovely nurses (it’s a hard life …), I realised how much I missed being able to tinker with my computer. This came as no shock to me as someone who, given the chance, would spend far more time than is healthy on my iMac every day I could. The trouble lately, as you all probably know seeing as I’ve harped on about it enough, is the fact that I’m needing to spend lots of time in bed or at least sat somewhere with my feet up.

At the moment, my good friend Tugger has lent me his iBook which is a God send - I can tinker away to my heart’s content from the comfort of the aforementioned bed and/or settee and I can access anything from my iMac via the magic of wireless networking.

So, rather than buy a big, shiny, new iMac, as was my original plan, it is now my intention to buy a laptop instead. There is no way in Hell that I would consider buying anything other than an Apple - call me a snob if you like, but after only 10 minutes of using my mother’s Evesham Micros laptop yesterday I was harshly reminded of why I switched to Mac in the first place (helped and coerced, I might add, by that Tugger guy).

But, which one do I get? I’d initially assumed the iBook would be too under-powered for me, but whilst using Tuggers I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it runs. A PowerBook would be ideal and I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro would seem to be the sensible option as it’s the way forward … except there’s a surprising low number of universal binaries available (i.e. apps that will run properly on the Intel CPU as they do on the PowerPC) and no 12” model, yet.

Unfortunately, several unexpected and freaskishly large bills forbid me from buying my new toy anytime soon. Still, it’s my birthday in a little less than seven weeks so I may ask for an unusual present from my family: give me an interest-free loan. I would fully intend to reimburse whichever sucker, erm, I mean generous person that saw fit to bung me the cash, but they’d have to wait until I’d cleared the debts incurred from my new bedroom flooring, having my driveway extended and my much needed gender realignment surgery.


What??? You’re a Pisces? Just like me? Timmy!!! *smooch* About the Intel-based Macs… Granted that going to forums is a poor indication of a real situation i.e. people don’t usually join because they have no computer problems, dig? But it might give you an idea of the problems facing those that buy an Intel-based Mac. � MacBook Pro (pre-release) � Intel-based iMac Another thing is to keep up-to-date with what is actually out in Universal or what is promised as Universal and if there is a Rosetta compatibility list? MacInTouch has such lists, revised daily, going at the moment: � Universal Binaries and Intel-Compatible Mac Applications � Rosetta Compatibility: PowerPC Applications on Intel Macs I’m thinking that since the MacBook Pro wouldn’t be your only computer, it just might be a good choice for you. Let me explain: you have another computer, your old iMac ready to go if the Intel Mac can’t handle an application you need, and as Universal applications come out you will already have the Intel Mac ready to use the new additions. You are not in the same situation as someone having just one Mac and cannot function if the application needed does not work on it. And I’m thinking that you are mostly a shareware user and those are exactly the developers that are more versatile, mobile in their work and schedule and that listen the most to the users’ needs. There is a surprising number of shareware apps already released as Universal Binary… Hope this helps. If ever I come across more stuff that replies to your questions I will make sure I post them here so you can make a wise choice, Tim. :^) - MHC

Oh and here’s more! Apple’s own Universal Applications List Universal status of Mac software - MHC

Oh and there is this link, MacInTouch’s Reader Reports: iMac Intel which might help you as well. This is just something that we should all bookmark for reference, MacInTouch’s Reader Reports Index, you never know it might come in handy. As for the Spam protection you have set up right now, Timmy. I entirely understand. As you know my blog has a Members-only Posting protection scheme on. Well you should see the Comment Moderation notification emails I get every day now! It started about two weeks ago… They have found me. In WordPress, you can make a comment go down as Spam so I guess it keeps the IP address somewhere and disallows further comments from the same IP. But it’s no problem for those parasites to change their bloody IPs… Meh. - MHC

MHC: as usual, you are a star! I was heading to the same conclusion as you that the MacBook would be the best choice - it just depends whether there’s a smaller one available when I’m ready to buy. I think I’d be quite happy with a PowerBook if it came to it. - Timmargh

This is completely Off Topic, but… Want to add your CoverFlow screenshot to this bunch? ;^) - MHC

Way ahead of you: here and here. - Timmargh

DOH!!! :^D - MHC

Timmy, wait a few weeks. Rumors are very high about a beter mac book pro in the works. - Stretch

I think I’m gonna have to wait a few months anyway, Stretch. - Timmargh

Stop making me want a Mac damn you Tim! (and by the way, I work for Evesham Technology, so i’ve probably spoken to your mother before :-P) - SoulSniper

MacBook Pro looks like the better option - LobsterMan

Rumours have started to surface that new laptops and other nifty kewl stuff will be released on April Fool’s Day which will mark Apple’s 30th birthday. MacNN article. - MHC

Excellent. It’s my birthday just before then so I’ll hang on and see what appears. - Timmargh

Rumours are gettin’ louder!… OMG!!! - MHC

And still spreading… - MHC

I’m salivating … - Timmargh