Switched (again)

Well, for the second time in just over a year I left the Legacy Village Apple store with a new computer in hand. Perhaps you recall last February I bought a 15″ powerbook g4, which was a nice enough computer but lacked enough speed for playing games and other high-end activities. Well with the release of Macs on Intel chips and public sanction for running windows (only when absolutely necessary, of course) the new macbook pros were just too tempting to pass up.

The new pro is hellaciously fast, noticably zippier than my athlon64-3200 laptop is. Plus moving from a 200m video card to an x1600 is a huge step as well. I didn’t think the dual-core aspect of the new chip would do much for me, but I really notice a difference when multi-tasking, particularly intense things like talking on skype and playing a video game simultaneously, or compiling several hundred java classes for a project. The heat is one thing that I didn’t like about the g4 as well, but the dual-core actually seems not to run as hot, despite the huge increase in power. And of course, the machine is attractive, not just in it’s svelte and shiny form factor, but from an OS and application standpoint as well.

Now I had some other news that I want to divulge, but unfortunately I still can’t. Hopefully by tomorrow, or at the latest, by the end of the week. I’ll give you a hint though – the new laptop has something to do with it.

Update: My MacBook Pro purchase has been vindicated. Here’s a quote from Steve Jobs, “Everyone wants a MacBook Pro because they are so bitchin’.” They are bitchin’ – you should see the looks of envy when I whip my cool thing out at the coffee shop.