Here's an entry where I dither on about the pros and cons of upgrading the computer system.
Mostly it's kind of boring, except if you want to know what runs through my head when ever I make a decision of any sort.
If that's the case, I pity you.
- My computer is nearly 3 years old. In this time, apple has seriously revised the machines in nearly every possible way. Though most noticeably, the new processors substantially outperform the 1.67 G4 that I have a the moment
- My old computer isn't completely dead and will serve it's next owner pretty well.
- I'm still using tiger, (10.4) and I'd have to spend $129 dollars to upgrade this computer to the new operating system, which I think I'm about due for. This isn't incredibly crucial... but if my computer were going to be useable in a long term, rather than short term way, I'd want leopard and a new battery (the current one gets $120). Even though I'm cheap, and probably wouldn't spend the 240, this is a further justification, but then that's what this list is about.
- They just released new revisions today, and are unlikely to do so again till August or September. The computer I could order tomorrow, is the same as the one I could get for the next six months or so, likely at the same price. I don't know if I want to wait that long, in any case. If I get into graduate school, I don't think I want to be moving and upgrading in the same month (if I waited till the next release,) and if I don't, well, uncertainty.
- There are some things that I've stopped using, or avoid using because they are painfully slow to use in the current configuration. They include quicksilver, bit torrent, media (photo/sound) editing. Also, I'm pretty quick to keep unused applications off, (My base stack is: Quicksilver, Adium, TextMate, Mail.app, Safari, NetNewsWire. Sometimes I have VLC or Preview open as well. That's it, and that works ok, but it's limited.)
- The new computer wouldn't have a metal case and would therefore be better at picking up wireless signals. Grr. Ok, minor annoyance, and I have no problem picking up signals anywhere that I currently use the computer, but still, this is one of the many things that I'm looking forward to upgrading.
- I'd be able to, with the new huge hard drive, be able to keep my music collection on my computer without crimping performance. By now, I have an 80+ gig iTunes Library, and a 100 gig hard drive. For a year, I've kept the iTunes library on an external hard drive.
- The old computer still works, and I really can't imagine that there's something new that I'd want to do with the computer that I couldn't do with the current computer. It might not be as
- I plan to buy a second power cord this time around, but I have three that work with my current computer, so that's a step down in terms of features.
- My income particularly given that I'm still waiting on The Word, is unsure. So spending 1300 dollars, given this, seems silly. The instant that I'm more sure, then this all makes a lot more sense. Making the order, now, without The Word, is probably not incredibly wise. At the same time, I've had the money for a new machine set aside for many months, incase there was some sort of sudden failure of the present computer. It is already in the budget for this summer, (see #4 above; this is probably the crux of my argument.)