Looking for new hardware…

After my laptop broke in Beijing, I’m looking for a new one.  This time it is going to be a mac (probably a macbook, since I don’t need the graphics capabilities of a macbook pro and I feel that the macbook air — while cool looking — has lousy specs compared to the macbook).

At the office I have two desktop computers.  An iMac that I use most of the time, for all my writing and lots of my data analysis, and a Linux box for all my heavy computations.

I write software on both.  I have essentially the same development tools on both (the setup is gcc based on both Linux and OS X) except for Xcode that I’ve had my problems with but am slowly getting used to.

Anyway, I’m thinking about getting a similar setup at home.  It is only the battery that is broken on my laptop, so I’ve essentially reduced it to a desktop machine, but it is still usable.  Not really a number cruncher as the box at the office, but I have a cluster and some scripts to deal with that…

Maybe I’ll get both an iMac and a laptop for home.  With the award I won last year, I’ve got some money to burn…

In any case, I’m getting a mac laptop.  Since I’ve started using Keynote to make presentations, I’m finding OpenOffice’s Impress too primitive, and I’m getting tired of having to convert my presentations to PDF to be able to use them when giving a talk.  Especially since it means that I have to prepare talks well in advance, and I’m unable to change them when I’m on the move.

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