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September 13, 2010

New macbook pro ordered!

Filed under: Blogroll, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Hugsie @ 9:53 am

Yes I finally did it. After saving up all this year, I’ve saved enough pennies (literally since L$ are worth a fraction of a penny) to buy my self a new MacBook Pro, i7 15″ at a great deal! I also tossed in a $6 wireless Logitech mouse.  The macs they have at MacConnection.com is already a good deal at $2049; since the same macs at the online Apple store is $2200. Plus there’s a $150 mail-in rebate which brings it under $1900. Also there is no sales tax (which easily adds about $200), and free shipping makes this an outstanding deal.

The specs are great, but it’s all STOCK stuff, this isn’t a BTO machine.  That said, this should be faster than my core 2 quad (iQ9300) desktop PC I’m using now.

  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 620M (2 cores, but HT gives it virtually 4)
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (would you believe Apple adds $400 for 8GB?)
  • 500GB Hard Drive 5200rpm (Probably upgrade bigger in a year)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M w/ 512m dedicated ram
  • Glossy 15.4in 1440 x 900 Display

I wanted the high rez version that’s 1920×1050 display, but they didn’t have that particular combination.  Plus at 15 inches, and my bad eyes I probably would have a hard time reading that screen.  So a lower rez screen may be better for me. Plus if the glossy glares or smudges too much ill just get a film sticker and cover it over to reduce the glare.

Soon this week I’ll be drinking Steve Job’s kool-aid, and I’ll see if I like the taste.  If all else fails I’ll bootcamp and put windows 7 on it.  🙂

Update: UPS delivery is next Monday, even though I ordered it last Monday morning. So a week? It’s possible I could get it Friday.  But it’s gonna be a long-ass week for me. I still feel that I’m in some sort of denial that I just ordered a Mac.

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7 Comments »

  1. Yay! Congratulations! Now save L$ for http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=5C1705FFA5CA7304 better deal than Apple.

    Comment by Mimika Oh — September 13, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Congrats, just be patient with osX at beginn, then later you never want to go back to Windows. btw: no viruses on mac 🙂

    Comment by dexxx — September 13, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  3. Thanks but I’m not spending that much on RAM. I don’t see any need go past 4gb ATM. And I have no plans to abandon Windows; i plan on dual booting windows with bootcamp anyway. Also viruses DO indeed exist on the Mac, it’s just no one cares. With more users like me getting macs the market share grows and malware makers are already starting to pay attention to the mac user base.

    Comment by hugsalot — September 13, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  4. People certainly DO care. There are many security conscious Mac users. (Me for example!) Please list some of these viruses you mentioned. Yes there will be more attacks on Macs and they already happen but there is a reason they don’t get far.

    Comment by Mimika Oh — September 14, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    • What i mean by “no one really cares” is the malware creators don’t care about the small minority Macintosh user base. At least up until recently. All you gotta do is do a Google search for viruses on OS X and read up (but ignore the pointless Mac anti-virus ads).

      OS X isn’t bullet proof it is based on Unix which has always been a target by hackers, since its unix based systems that runs the internet. This has been going on long before Microsoft and Apple ever existed. It’s only considered a safe OS because of it’s obscurity. At least up until now.

      Mac market share been very small, an has maintined it’s minority since Apple has the habit of orphaning their users about every 8-10 years. Thus it’s not really a large target for malware creators to bother, not when you have a zillion windows users.

      However a bigger threat to our privacy, and identity isn’t so much about what operating system you’re using on your own personal computer. Everything is moving onto the web, or the so-called “Cloud.” This is far more vulnerable than Windows had been, since you’re trusting some remote server (probably running windows) to keep all your data.

      I’m getting a mac, not because i think it’s a better OS, or that it’s a safe operating system to use compared to windows. I know the user base is growing, and more and more people are going to be getting Macs, and those people are going to need tech support. Not everyone can afford $300 for apple care, just to talk to some stuck-up douche-bag, who Steve Jobs has knighted as, a “genius.”

      I neen to get my hands dirty so i can get my self familiar with what Apple has been doing so i can help fix them when some brain-dead user fucks up. Just like i always had with windows users.

      Comment by hugsalot — September 14, 2010 @ 11:28 am

      • Yes, Google search for OS X viruses, ignore articles talking about it but not listing any (usually comparing to Windows), ignore ads, ignore scare stories trying to make you buy software, what’s left? What did you find? It’s what I checked before asking you to list some. I think you will have trouble 😛

        I missed you in world to discuss other things. Next time!

        Comment by Mimika Oh — September 14, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

      • here’s a list: http://antivirus.about.com/od/macintoshresource/Macintosh_Viruses_and_Mac_Virus_Resources.htm

        Mac OS X Virus: Inqtana.A Worm
        OSX/Inqtana.A is a Java-based worm that exploits the directory traversal vulnerability in the Bluetooth file and object exchange services in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

        Leap.A aka Oompa-Loompa virus
        The Leap.A (aka Oompa-Loompa) infects applications in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) running on PowerPC processors.

        Mac OS X flaws
        Multiple vulnerabilities found in Mac OS X Panther.

        Mac.Simpson Virus
        A mass-mailing email worm affecting only Macintosh OS9.0 and above, Mac.Simpson directs users to an online archive of The Simpsons episodes.
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        Comment by hugsalot — September 14, 2010 @ 1:13 pm


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