April 23, 2010 Customized Marketing

Losing the Weight Part I

Yes, we have to be connected at all times.  We must be available when our client has a website issue, or just needs a quick fix, but it really can be a drag to lug around that 15″ MacBook Pro and related accessories when traveling.  Not saying that I don’t love the Beast, but it can weigh you down.

Recently, I finally succumbed to a MacBook Air.  I resisted for a long time because I thought the slower processor and lack of a CD/DVD drive as well as only 2 GB of RAM would cramp my style.  I had no idea how I would cram my files and programs onto such a small hard drive.

Well, I am pleased to report that the experience is beyond my expectations.  My Air has the following specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB Memory
  • 128GB solid-state drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

The Pros

  • The solid state drive is so speedy that programs open and close in an instant.
  • It is tiny, and can fit into other bags when traveling.
  • It is a sexy computer that is fun to use.

The Cons

  • The small size of the hard drive was troubling.  No way to fit the iTunes Library.  I had to use VMWare Fusion with Windows so I could use my VPN and exchange email, and the smallest I could get the virtual machine down to was 38GB.
  • No way to watch a DVD while traveling.
  • No built in ethernet (there is an adapter) or SD card reader, and only one usb port.

I figured out a way to utilize this beauty and be extremely  happy with my purchase.  In my next post, I will tell you how I solved some of the dilemmas mentioned in the Cons, and what accessories and apps I use to stay connected.

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