Thursday, June 29, 2006

More thoughts on the MacBook

Recently, my beloved iBook bit the dust and I had to buy a new laptop. I bought a MacBook and posted some of my thoughts here.

After using it for a week, here are my updated thoughts.

1) The keyboard really is better than the old iBook keyboard, but the old iBook keyboard was really bad. The best keyboards, IMHO, remain the IBM ThinkPad ones, even though I did not like their carpel tunnel inducing nipple.

2) Rosetta is a memory hog. My system kept slowing to a crawl, and top revealed that I had plenty of CPU left. Looking at the memory register, though, I saw that Rosetta programs were using up huge amounts of memory, thus the performance death. I upgraded to 2GB of RAM, and now things are better.

3) Don't buy RAM from Apple. They have a stupid policy in their stores where you pay them for a RAM upgrade and they charge you for the new RAM plus installation AND charge you for the old RAM too (even though you are not going to use it). if you buy RAM from the Apple online store, they do not charge you for the old RAM, just the new. However, you should not be buying RAM from Apple anyway as it costs twice as much as if you buy it from a third party like OWC, Tigerdirect, or Newegg.

Apart from that the new computer is almost exactly like the old one. And I mean that in a good way.


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