Yes folks, now that the Mac will support booting into Windows and Mac OSX, I’m going to get myself a Mac with the dual Intel processors!
As a designer and a programmer of websites for people who have the choice, I have to be able to test out functionality on all desktop systems (within reason). Also ,as a programmer of websites in various scripting languages, I need to be able to build systems and scripts, which will run on the target server – usually a Linux box.
So, having the opportunity to switch/boot back and forth and get the best of both (all) worlds is a “createc’s dream”. I’m looking forward to using apps on OS X which are suited to the job, like video editing. Photoshop, Flash and Director make no difference to me, as they run the same on both, more or less (given a few speed differences on start up). I’m looking forward to trying out Front Row, and developing some video podcast channels for that. I’m looking forward to building and compiling cool Unix based stuff in Mac OS X Darwin – apart from a few things, it’s just the same as being on the command line on my remote Linux box.
Lots and lots of things to do. I have heard that Windows running on these things is ‘the fastest I’ve ever seen Windows run’. I quite like the Mac OS X interface, but I have been a Windows user for so long, I get annoyed with the way that Apple do some things. It’s really not that intuitive, imho.
Now, the question is : Which one to get? I think it’s going to be one of the laptops. But I bet they’ll release a wider MacBook Pro, just as I buy the 15 incher. Also, the idea of having a MacMini sit above a cupboard acting as my home server / gateway is very attractive. It will depend on the noise levels. Also the 20 inch iMac is great value, but isn’t a versatile with where I can put it.
So, probably the super-duper-pumped-and-jacked MacBook Pro. I can’t wait! But, I’m going to have to, as Easter is upon us and we’re off to Bonny Scotland to se the Doc’s family. Heh. They have wifi now, so I’ll still be able to get a fix online 😉 [and do some more WORK!]