On Jan 29, 2010, at 2:00 PM, linuxdesktop4i-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Of the people that have Macs that use them for development, will I be
kicking myself for getting a 5400RPM HD? The only reason I ask is
can get a $400 break by buying a refurb from Apple (
will essentially pay for my AppleCare, but they only have refurbs with
Also, I do plan on getting 8GB of memory but I see they charge $600
from 4GB to 8GB (ouch mama). I am assuming I could upgrade after
for much less?
Personally I haven't had a problem with it. My only regret is that I
have a relatively small hard drive and for reasons that I don't fully
understand OS X is much happier with a bunch of spare drive space =
and I don't have any.
Any sped difference is more than made up for by the brilliant file
indexing system - being able to find any file by name/content/
characteristics in literally seconds means my hard drive is not
constantly hammered by searches caused by this ancient brain
forgetting where it put things. I use Mac mail for similar reasons -
I never lose email any more - oh happy day!
As far as memory is concerned - I purchased Corsair to take mine up
the max (which is 4Gb for me) and have had no problems with it. If I
recall correctly it was about half the price.
My only other regrets (although they seemed a good idea at the time)
were a) Buying Office for Mac. I had had compatibility issues with OO
and thought this would solve them - it did solve some - but it gave me
a whole bunch more and is flakey as hell. Current version is supposed
to be better. And b) I switched from Parallels to VM Ware because VM
Ware seemed faster and the Parallels upgrade offered very little for
the money (it was more $ than VM Ware). Should have been more patient
- Parallels appears to have caught up and significantly overhauled VM
Ware in speed and sharing files between the two OS is _much_ harder in
VM Ware because the C drive storage is not visible to OS X. When I get
some disk space back I'll switch back to Parallels.