Plunge taken: Apple on its way

I finally took the plunge today and ordered my first ever Apple Mac. They have come on a long way since the last Apple I used — an Apple IIe that I played on at home when I was younger. Highlights of today’s Mac Book Pro order include a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, and a fast-ish 7200 RPM disk.

Despite all the concerns over the security of OSX lately, I think this will be a good move (providing I can get used to the new interface and the one-button mouse). This is going to replace my ageing desktop (a very old Dell Precision 530 workstation running Windows 2000 Pro) for image processing/photography and work, so it should free up a lot of desk space and get rid of a lot of cables. I have an old laptop running XP, so I’m going to nuke that and install Ubuntu Linux on it for sofa-surfing, so then apart from my XBOX 360 and work laptop (when it’s at home) I’ll be a Windows-free zone!

The best thing will be being able to pull up a proper command prompt on my local machine without the need to SSH onto a server somewhere. Sad I know, but it’s little things like this that change using a computer from being a pain to being (almost) a joy…. I’m hoping to see a decent speed improvement on image processing too. I’m going from a single 2.4GHz Xeon with 512KB cache to a two-core 2.6GHz processor with 6MB cache! The jump from a 128MB graphics card to 512MB shouldn’t be all that stressful either :-)

No doubt I’ll post more about this when it arrives… which will be sometime mid-next week :-(

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