[rescue] Request for recomendation [was: Why is everyone so OSX happy?]
vraptor at promessage.com
Sun Apr 13 01:20:48 CDT 2003
On Fri, 11 Apr 2003 23:23:13 -0400, "Rich Kulawiec" <rsk at gsp.org> said:
> On Fri, Apr 11, 2003 at 09:14:16PM -0400, Chris Hedemark wrote:
> > I have the 15" model from last year and love it. It's great for video
> > editing (I use Final Cut Express).
> Chris (and/or anyone else): what Apple laptop model(s) would you
> recommend (or un-recommend) for someone like me?
> 1. Unix-phile
iBook or G4
> 2. Don't need hi-performance (e.g. hardcore gamer) graphics.
> 3. Need ability to manipulate MIDI and audio files, pull
> audio from CDs, write audio to CDs, etc.
iBook or G4, maybe external FW drive.
> 4. Need to have a way to talk 9600/8/N/1 to many devices
> made by a certain company often discussed here. ;-)
USB->Serial adaptor is what I used (~$20-30).
> 5. Long battery life would be nice; a way to plug into
> a solar panel to extend that life would be even nicer as
> frequent outdoor use is anticipated. (Does anybody make
> a solar recharger for these things?)
Pismo--you can swap out the CD/DVD for another battery--some
report 9+ hours under OS 9 w/two. I could run the DVD continually
on mine for 2hr. 50 min. (not quite all of Harry Potter) w/one battery
before 10.2.4 killed my battery (grrr...). But the Pismo is a boat
anchor (~7lbs) compared to iBook or G4. Best I've heard of on
G4/iBook batteries is ~4 hrs. at maximal power conservation.
There have been lots of reports about poor quality control with
batteries in both iBooks and G4s. (Hence the suggestion of
Applecare for the extra 2 yrs.) Refurbs can be had for considerable
off the standard price, and are still eligible for Applecare. Maxxed
out Pismos go for about the same price as a refurbed iBook.
As for solar, there's a couple of companies out there that make
them, but they are pricey. If you are up to the electronics, you
could probably rig something up yourself.
> 6. Because of frequent outdoor use ;-), some degree of
> ruggedness would be nice. (I'm not brutal to systems,
> but one that breaks easily would be a bad idea.)
A friend is contemplating shoe-horning and iBook into a Panasonic
Ruggedbook case. The Pismo seems pretty hardy. I haven't handled
the iBooks much be they seem pretty sturdy given the disassembly
stuff some have done to them to do mods (coloring inside of cases).
Ti/Al's are all metal on the outside, so that says something about
their ruggedness. However, there have been a number of reported
problems with 12" and 17" Al's, so you might want to wait a bit for
the bugs to shake out if you are leaning towards the G4.
vraptor at promessage.com
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