It was March 2006 when I received the 15.4-inch: 2.0GHz MacBook Pro I currently use.
It feels longer than 4 years and I’m desperate for a newer machine. I’ve been desperate for quite a while, actually, but last year’s income was extremely tenuous, and the year before that was already thin.
There has been almost no new technology coming into the house — hardware or software — unless it was either very inexpensive or really necessary.
This machine’s had its problems. To start with, my finger slipped while doing a firmware update when the machine was still very new. I killed it dead. That was fixed under warranty, but involved several new motherboards and a replacement screen.
There have been a couple of new batteries, after suspiciously early failures.
These days the keyboard is very worn and I seem to quite often have suspicious and unresolvable problems with software. I guess I need to reformat the drive and reinstall everything, but I keep hoping a new model will be announced soon.
It’s a good machine still, but I maxed out the RAM at 2Gb, and I sometimes think that’s not enough. If I need to run WIndows XP (under Parallels) it seems to take a while to get going.
I suppose it could be that I run Windows off an external drive, but then I don’t want to clutter up the internal drive with a Windows disk image.
Other software that needs grunt, such as Aperture, also gives the machine a hard time, as does exporting my weekly MacTips videos.
My pal, Mark Webster, seems to think new MacBook Pros may not be too far off, although the Apple Store shows 24 hour shipping on most models:
Constrained MacBook supplies hints at refresh: Constrained supplies of MacBook Pros suggest an anticipated notebook refresh is growing closer — one that could further differentiate the premium lineup from the low-end MacBook.
[Via : Hints of new Apple, Adobe.]
Although I’ve had a flurry of work lately, I’m still not really in a position to buy a new laptop. But I’m really starting to feel very frustrated when I try to do serious work.
Here’s hoping for stacks more work to build up my funds, and a revamped MacBook Pro coming down the line soon.
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