My MacBook Pro


I have to hand it to Apple. Their packaging always looks good. So what if their computers don’t work! Just send me those empty boxes.

My newer MacBook Pro arrived. No, it’s not the newest generation 17″ version.

My G4 1.5GHz powerbook which I bought off eBay a few years ago was showing me more and more spinning beach balls and its internal fan was kicking on more and more.

Watching streaming video sometimes was choppy. That could be due to a number of things like:

  1. hard drive filling up to near capacity
  2. insufficient RAM, this is not the case–maxxed out at 2GB
  3. slow internet connection– DSL 6MBs

In the end, I found I had to bite the bullet because I needed to have ability to run Windows. More and more places are running Windows because they think it’s cheaper than Macs. 

I disagree but the reality is that the platform is quite irrelevant. Once I launch Photoshop, it’s the same. Like using a Canon or Nikon camera. The Specs for this beauty:

  • 17″ screen 1920 x 1200 resolution Glossy
  • 2.5GHz
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 512 Video RAM

Now I have some decisions to make. Do I reformat and partition the 500GB hard drive so that I have 2 separate bootable volumes or do I just run Windows with Parallels and VMWare’s Fusion?

I bought this beauty from Expercom. A company in Utah. Placed my order on Sunday and it arrive today Thursday morning. Shipping was only $11 via Fedex.

A nice surprise was they threw in the original stock hard drive which I think is 250GB capacity. Now I can use that as extra storage.

If you have suggestions on whether to run Windows either using Bootcamp or Virtualization, let me know.

2 thoughts on “My MacBook Pro”

  1. Steve,
    I’m torn between Parallels and VMWare’s Fusion for running Windows. I haven’t moved my data over yet. I have a feeling I may not need Windows after all except when I’m teaching in a Windows environment.

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