going to try to

I’m going to try to get a bunch of geek stuff out of my system in one blog…

I’ve thought that Apple ibooks were more-or-less toys which could just about manage to do a bit of word processing and perhaps surfing. I’ve just finished renting one for a week, to see if I could possibly do my job with a Mac and hopefully shake off my maclust, and my perceptions have changed. I’d now happly recommend or work with an ibook: I was able to do some software development on the machine and it was about the same as working on my Pentium III 800Mhz Linux laptop.

Oh, I rented from Microrent — if you’re looking to rent hardware, these people are great. They initially sent me a machine with the wrong version of Mac OS on it. In fact, the machine I was renting (cheapest possible) wasn’t capable of running the latest and greated OS. So they posted me out the CDs and a nice big chunk of extra memory and talked me through the upgrade. Thanks guys!

You may have guessed by now, but I’m hooked. I’m now the owner of a shiny new powerbook. I’ve switched.

The other geek thing is that I’ve written up some notes on my trip to JavaOne 2003, San Francisco.