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Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

4) Updates sometime reboot the computer while you are working (too hard to test?)

That can happen even with Windows 7 on a desktop, but at least you can (usually) reliably disable automatic updates with Windows 7. Enjoy your Redmond spyware!

my old PPC macbook pro 17 that lasted me 2 times what the Lenovo did

They were just called "PowerBook G4". I had two of them and one of the first Intel models, all with the "Aluminum" case. They were freaking horrible. I don't know what was worse, the optical drive going out of alignment with the slot in the case (have to field-strip it to eject a disk), the crappy latch (won't stay closed), or the metal surface that pitted like crazy with the skin oils from my hands. The keyboard key tops wore down badly with my touch-typing, too. My Unibody has some keys messed up now, but not nearly as bad after over four years of daily use. And you're comparing that favorably with your Lenovo?

12) The trackpad sometimes acts on his own, I got used to it but still have some d'oh moments from time to time

In my opinion, PC trackpads are universally horrible, just less so lately. To be fair, I think part of the problem was Apple buying up the company making the best trackpads, but I have never failed to be annoyed by the "tap to click" feature (enabled by default in mouse emulation mode, so you have to install a driver to turn it off!) giving rogue clicks.

If I have to replace my Late-2011-17", I'll probably look into a hackintosh on a higher-end laptop. Between EFI, and Apple using so much standard chipset stuff, there are apparently a few good options out there. Also, I only recently upgraded to 10.9, and it's probably easier to get a hackintosh working two or three versions back.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 142

I would be happy to see an up-to-date version of my Late-2011 17" (bought in mid-2012 and still going strong), with the replaceable RAM (32GB this time, please!) and full 2.5" SATA. I still don't need that Retina crap (producing a Retina screen that large was probably one of the reasons they killed the 17"), but I would be fine with with SSD and SD card slots instead of the optical drive and Express Card slot. And I am even willing to wait a year or so for Intel to finish making mobile versions of their new architecture.

I'm really not happy about soldering down RAM and even SSD in their latest top-of-the-line "Pro" models.

Seriously, this thing is the best Mac I've ever bought new, second would be a G4 "Windtunnel" (4 HD and 2 optical drive bays!) that I got at a CompUSA back in 2002 or so that lasted over 10 years and a re-spackling of the CPU heat sink (which took 15 minutes!) before it suddenly died one day such that it wouldn't even turn on. I haven't had time to rebuild it properly, but I have since acquired two Mac Minis from the 2010-2012 era to replace it. Really, 2011 was the peak of good hardware from Apple. It was also the year that Steve Jobs died.

Comment Re:No, it just needs the Boomers to die off (Score 1) 260

Also, constantly working more than 40 hours (in other words, more than just a crunch week every few months) leaves you too tired and making mistakes that result in no net performance increase. All it does is make PHBs happy because they usually think that an hour worked is always an hour worked, and if we're throwing more hours at something it must be getting done faster!

Comment Re:Millenial Here (Score 1) 260

That's why the documents should live on a common server in another room, not on one guy's craptop in the machine shop. But keeping a common copy of changes at hand for multiple people to work on without sitting down at a computer to check on something, that's one of the few really good reasons to keep paper around.

Comment Re:Millenial Here (Score 1) 260

It's not just a millennial thing. I'm 52 (late 1964, right on the line of boomer/genx) and gave up printing everything out around 2006. Mostly I just got tired of the clutter (the same reason I started using cloth bags for groceries, I couldn't resist holding on to those old plastic bags just in case, then I had too many of them fail), and maybe computers got just better enough (both in speed and displays). About the only thing I would want to print out now, other than stuff to sign and give to other people, is a one or two page quick reference summary of stuff that doesn't have to be constantly updated that you can pin to a cubicle wall.

Hmmm, displays getting better? I suppose part of it was wide screens on laptops, in addition to employment changes for me, that corresponds roughly with the time that Apple went with Intel. I already had a wide-screen G4 PowerBook, so I was already getting used to doing things side-by-side. I've had my web browser at about 1000x1000 for years now, leaving the left 40% of the screen for other stuff. Sometimes I'll even divide that vertically in half or 30/70, so I can watch a video while doing other stuff. And if I'm playing a video game, it's usually running on a different computer (Macs still aren't great for gaming) while I take notes on the laptop. Why wait for a printout when your screen is big enough to put your documentation side-by-side with your code, or if you can view it on another display entirely?

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