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SoupIsGood Food's Avatar Picture SoupIsGood Food – January 10, 2008 11:43PM Reply Quote
Getting a new deck? Agonize over the options here.

John Willoughby – January 11, 2008 12:00AM Reply Quote
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Ono-Sendai, all the way.

SoupIsGood Food – January 11, 2008 12:18AM Reply Quote
The time has come. My Best Beloved has intimated she wants this old iBook G4 for her own come time for her college classes. I'll get her a new keyboard for it, and a new deck for me...

And, for the first time since my Mac IIx (with 13" color and 20" B&W displays... swank!) I'm thinking of getting a desktop box. I've had:

Mac Portable (Backlit) - My first, my favorite. I'm built like an upright washer/dryer set, with a Kensington case, this 16 pounder was as portable as I needed, and with the lead-acid battery with an 8hr life, I could tinker on the great unpublished novel and fetish pr0n stories on remote, windswept hilltops... and swap out the battery for another for another 8 hours without a hitch, as the memory ran off a 9volt alkaline.

Powerbook 180 - Active matrix mono screen and full-sized trackball. Science-fiction sex with an Apple logo.

13" Wallstreet - My most hated rival at work saw mine, said, "That's Batman's computer" and then bought one of his own. The 14", the bastard. I still have the PCMCIA video card for monitor-spanning with a 17" NEC, back whena 17" NEC meant something.

14" Pismo - No-one has made a better notebook since. Serious. Dual batteries, awesome keyboard, gorgeous screen, rock-solid Unix Workstation build that took more than its fair share of abuse.

G4 iBook - Eh. It's a Mac, it's cheep, and all the keycaps wore off four months after I bought it. Tougher than Butterbean. You have no idea how =mobile= I am with my decks... and how clumsy. Apple gear can take it. PC notebooks from various employers? Not so much. Thinkpad somethings, Toshiba something elses, Dell other things... very fragile. Got me into lots of trouble. The Mac? Still here, still typing on it, right now.

The future beckons, tho! I think my future has a 24" screen and an intel (BLEAH!) chip in it...

The new deck I want:

24" iMac. I Want the real-estate, and I'm going to get a 24" Spectre flat-panel display to go along with it. 48", beyotch!

With it I will get: Unicom "Model M" keyboard, Logitech Vx mouse. (Keyboards and mice =count=... you'll be using them all day, everyday. I bring in an old RS/6000 IBM Model M PS/2 rattleboard to work. I got strange looks until the other Alpha-geeks tried it for themselves, and all of a sudden, there are Model-M's all over the dept. Mine went missing, but I found where it went, and now it lives in my trunk when not at work with me.)

Nokia 810 - this is a Unix workstation not much larger than a deck of cards, with a slide-out qwerty keypad. It will be my "mobile unit" to browse pr0n at work through my cell-phone's bluetooth connection, and to Spork from my deck in the dead of a New England January night, while smoking cigars and drinking gin. Hope it's as tough as I am.

SoupIsGood Food

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/2008 12:32AM by SoupIsGood Food.

ARL (Moderator) – January 11, 2008 10:48PM Reply Quote
I'll be getting exactly the same thing myself soon (minus the extra screen).

Still have an iBook G4 (which hasn't missed a beat in 4 1/2 years) which will also be handed down.

Totally agree with the pismo form factor (I had a lombard which was the same form factor - just a bit more glitchy - however it still works today after almost 9(!) years)

SoupIsGood Food – January 18, 2008 01:09AM Reply Quote
OK, so got a new deck, now. It's the single most intense computer I have ever used, and I have been logged into building-sized mainframes and has-its-own-powerplant supercomputers. None of them had a1920 x 1200 24" ultra-glossy display so bright, I'm getting sunburned. It's like crawling inside the computer and flying around. I was planning on getting another 24" display, but there is no room... this thing takes up 3/4ths of the width of my desk. It's a =lot= bigger, and a =lot= brighter once you get it home than it was at the store. Everything is crisp, clear, intense. Mac OS 10.5 is not designed for small screens... but on this monster, it's the single most beautiful nerd experience of my life. (And I include my Wall Street powerbook playing "Heartbreaker!" as it woke from sleep mode to a 17" 2nd monitor in spanning mode with the IXMicro Road Rocket, while my PC-using rival was trying to swallow his own tongue.)

The downsides!

1) The Mighty Mouse is unusable. It sucks so hard, interstellar vacuum is jealous. The track-BB? FAIL. The foot-long cord? FAIL. The assinine grip-and-lift system? FAIL.

2) The keyboard is only borderline unusable... it drops more than its fair share of key hits. The weird key spacing and the funky, rubber-rebound key-action I can live with, but not registering each key hit unless I pound it is not good enough, and earns an "F--".

I think there's a Unicomp Model M in my future... they even give you blank keycaps to replace the windows and menu keys, so you can set it up like a proper Mac keybd.

The mouse situation I already got covered with a Kensington VX Nano. Dude, a mouse should not be this sexy. The scroll wheel alone is worth the price of admission. Whhhhizzzzzzzzzzz! Click, click, click, whizzzzzz, wheeeeeee! Awesome. Small enough where my hamhock-sized hand doesn't even try to grab it, just guides it with the fingertips, and it has high enough resolution where you don't need to move the wrist at all, if you don't want to. Ergo-kewl.

You do need to have the Weakling Rat plugged in long enough to download the drivers, tho, or the iMac won't recognize the VX. Also, plugging the itsy-bitsy little receiver into the keyboard rather than the back of the iMac seems to have better results.

SoupIsFlyingIn Cyberspace

Madaracs – January 18, 2008 09:53AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
SoupIsGood Food
1) The Mighty Mouse is unusable. It sucks so hard, interstellar vacuum is jealous. The track-BB? FAIL. The foot-long cord? FAIL. The assinine grip-and-lift system? FAIL.

They might just as well sell a lump of plastic on a string... oh wait...

rino – January 18, 2008 12:50PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.

I know what you mean about the screen real estate. Once I got the new Samsung's in place (22" but at office x2) I too felt as if I were sun tanning.

I've only used the multi-button mighty mouse for a few minutes but didn't think it that horrid. I trust ya'll tho.

Sticking with my old MSFT Intellimouse Explorer 3.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – January 18, 2008 01:11PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
Hey, I've got a 30" on my desk. It heats the room as well.

Apple can't make good mice.

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