Planning to get rid of my PC

April 25, 2009

I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I bought my first Macbook.

My desktop now has a Macbook 13″ and a beautiful 22″ Viewsonic monitor powered by and awful space/electricity/Qi consuming PC. So my objective was to get rid of the PC but keep the monitor and the Macbook, and of course get a keyboard (other than the Macbook’s) to use everyday.

To do so I needed to be able to work on Mac first so I:

  • Downloaded Mono, since my primary work occurs on .net, but the IDE was simply awful, buggy, slow and didn’t run ASP.net.
  • Tried installing virtual machines (both Parallels Desktop and VMWare*), but 80 Gbs of HD and 2Gbs of RAM are just not enough for that (multiple clients => multiple environments => multiple 10Gbs VMs).
  • Started working on iPhone projects.
  • Even tried to leave ASP.net for Python! Throw 10 years of work on MS environments just to get rid of the PC… Woah!
  • Thought of buying a MacbookPro, but they are too damn big!
  • Thought of buying a new Macbook 13″ Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz, 4Gbs of RAM, 250 Gbs of HD, but they are too damn expensive!

I have a buyer for the PC so my plan now is:

  1. Sell the PC (Core 2 Duo @ 1.67Ghz, 2Gbs RAM, 250 HD). + 250 USD
  2. Buy two Kingston’s 2Gbs DDR2 SDRAM @ 667Mhz. -67.80 USD
  3. Buy a Seagate 250 Gbs HD @5400 rpm. -129.72 USD
  4. Buy a Apple Wireless keyboard. -79.00 USD

Total budget: 26.52 USD

So I’d be changing two computers for one with VM and Portability capabilities… I guess that’d be a smart move. I just hope my Macbook doesn’t break or get steal. This move will leave me with no backup machine.

* By the way, I kept VMWare since it was the only VM that will port from Mac to PC with no problem. Parallels doesn’t exists on PC, MS Virtual PC doesn’t exists on Mac.

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