Those of you who read Ben’s blog on a regular basis will know that he recently wrote a fairly lengthy essay on whether or not he should buy a PowerBook. His answer was a fairly resounding “yes”, with a side-note of “waah, so much money”. Up until very recently I haven’t even bothered with the dilemmas: I’ve known I want a PowerBook for quite a long time, for most of the reasons Ben suggested plus my vehement dislike of many Microsoft products. (I’m actually writing this from Windows, but only because I’m planning on playing a little Chaos Theory once I’ve finished writing this.)
I have, however, recently come across a dilemma of my own: the observant among you will have already seen the image to your right and guessed what it is. I’ve discovered that, for about the same price as a 15-inch PowerBook with a 1.5GHz G4 processor, I could get a PowerMac with dual 1.8GHz G5 processors. I may even be able to get something better if the rumours of imminent upgrades are to be believed. I could also decide to save a bit of money and just go for a single-G5 iMac (which the rumours claim will soon be clocked at 2GHz) with a nice 20-inch widescreen TFT.
What this really boils down to is the trade-off between portability and power, tied in with the question of how much benefit I would gain from the extra portability of a laptop. This is sadly a question for which I have no reference point, having never owned a laptop in my life. I also don’t really know how much power I’m going to need, seeing as I’m not planning on playing any games on my Mac (anyone who has seen the selection of games available on the Mac will know why) and will primarily use it for development work and, of course, wasting time chatting to people over my IM protocol of choice.
Yes, alright, it’s the MSN Messenger protocol. Stop bugging me.
So, in a nutshell, that’s my dilemma. (If you want to be pernickety, it’s actually my trilemma – “a syllogism with three conditional propositions, the major premises of which are disjunctively affirmed in the minor”. Obviously.)
Any comments that aren’t “just get a Windows PC, it’ll be much better” (yes Jonty, I’m looking at you) would be very much welcomed.