Well today I turn 44!
The best that I can do for a birthday present during my self imposed spending freeze is to take the day off from the Mac, and go and have a long, long, long lunch at Al-rruz at the invitation of Ines and Juan-Carlos, ride the Fat Boy (not before lunch naturally) and take some pictures.
The best thing I can do is to be thankful that I will be spending it for the 16th year with Sands and the first with Moreno.
I will just have to wait for my birthday (and Christmas) present. Now that the cash has started coming in with the addition of new hosting contracts, some paying gigs (AppsForMacs, Gadgetell and Appletell) and some much appreciated donations I am prepared to ‘tempt fate’ and start to think about what configuration would work best for me:
No real decision to be made here. I have a 23″ ACD which I love and being the person that I am the thought of having two screens that didn’t match just sends a shudder down my spine. IF I was starting from scratch I would be seriously tempted by a couple of Dell screens, but I am not going to ‘step back’ and sell the 23″ ACD so pride, vanity, call it what you like, dictates a 2nd 23′ ACD. I would like to pick one up off eBay ) or someone that is selling one so if you are selling one or know someone that is please bear me in mind) but every time I look it really doesn’t save enough to make the hassle worth while.
Am thinking that the best configuration that gives me value for money now (within the budget I am aiming for) and the greatest future expandability/use is:
– 1GB Apple RAM & buy an additional 3GB and install myself
– Radeon X1900 XT graphics card
– 250GB Apple hard drive & buy and install a 2 x 500GB ones myself
What do you think/suggest? I would also be interested in your suggestions for buying RAM and the hard drives.
Keyboard and Mouse
I have always used the Apple Keyboard and Mouse with all my Mac’s and don’t have a specific problem with them. The wireless keyboard that I used with my Mac mini became very sluggish and stiff to use so is now used very rarely with the Mac mini in the lounge, and I have a Apple USB keyboard with the Mac mini now.
I have had keyboards in the past with all kinds of buttons and features and never really used them, but I am starting to think that with the way I am using the Mac these days it may not be a bad idea to get a Keyboard and Mouse with more functionality and flexibility. Of course they will still need to be a great design, ‘fit’ with the image of the Mac and look cool ………… so if you want to make some suggestions please let me know. I am not convinced that they need to be Wireless, but the keyboard will ideally to be a Spanish one.
The rumored new Apple keyboard looks very cool. It is based on the Mac Book keyboard which is really good, but would be limited in terms of features – but the coolness could well win the day with something like this!
The diNevo Edge looks very attractive BUT not sure I could live with something with the Windows logo on, and how easy is it to use a ‘PC’ keyboard with a Mac? I would be interested to hear from anybody using this type of keyboard by way of a comparison with a Mac keyboard.
It does seems that finding a ‘cool’ non Apple Mac keyboard is going to be tough!
I think time has about been called on my old Epson Stylus Photo 890. It has done a good job, but the years and dust have taken their toll.
My inclination is to get a combination printer and scanner that will allow us to print out good quality photographs.
Again if you have any experience or recommendations please let me know.
Now I am off to enjoy my day with Sands and Moreno – take the Fat Boy (not me!) for a ride, play with Moreno, long lunch – am really looking forward to it.