A Developer's Perspective on Apple's 12-inch PowerBook
Subject:   If I had it to do over...
Date:   2003-03-29 13:01:47
From:   anonymous2
If I had it to do over, I'd definitely buy the 15", 1GHZ. I've been using mine heavily for three weeks straight, and the performance leaves much to be desired. I maxed it out to the 640MB and am relieved to hear there's a chance it can support more. Hearing all of the things it's missing makes me want a 15 even more. To the person running Visual C++ in a Virtual PC, I can barely stand running a web browser.

I'm pretty demanding when it comes to performance. At one point, I was running BEA WebLogic, Oracle, and a Virtual PC. And, I was building an app. Luckily, I code in vim.

On the bright side, It is cooler looking than the 15. It goes to sleep and wakes up in no time at all. It can sleep for a damned long time (easily overnight). The airport extreme and built-in bluetooth are damned cool. It doesn't wear on my shouler after standing in the airport for 4 hours like my old hunk of plastic used to. I can't emphasize how much I love that about it.

I plug it up to a 19" display and keyboard and mouse at work every day. I run it with the lid closed--haven't had great experiences with running the side by side displays. I guess I should play with it more. I need to figure out how to make the monitor the primary display. I just put it to sleep, plug everything up, hit a key, and it comes up after a few seconds.


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    2003-03-31 11:08:06  anonymous2 [View]

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      2003-03-31 15:09:11  anonymous2 [View]

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