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The new boss asked me what kind of computer I'd like to work with. I've always had jobs where you had to be budget conscious but she seemed willing to let me have a bit of a perk here. So I said a Mac with a good sized monitor and she said, order what you want. I don't want to break the bank but I want to be practical so I think I'll get a 15 inch Macbook Pro for when I'm traveling and either a 23 or 30 inch monitor for when I'm doing office work. Plus I'll get the newest Adobe Creative Suite. I start December 8. New Boss said she had some fun things planned. I'm liking this job already.

W

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virga_flame
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Coolness. The only thing I really dislike about the Macbooks (aside from the ridiculously high price) is the single mouse button. When you're at your desk, you will no doubt have an external (two or three button) mouse though. Erm. I assume the newest Macbooks still have the single-button mouse problem. I suppose this may not be the case, since the newest Apple external rodents have multiple programmable buttons...

Not sure how many of them you'll have need for, but there are some Pretty Damned Cool(tm) free software packages that might interest you, and of which you may or may not know. A new machine is always a good time to try new software.

GIMP is a PhotoShop equivalent which I find to be faster than PhotoShop and every bit as feature-rich, but which doesn't have quite as many professional grade filters for it. (http://www.gimp.org)

NeoOffice is based on OpenOffice, but instead of using the X-windows interface it uses the native OS X display manager. It's basically a less-bloated (but nearly as feature-rich) replacement for Microsoft Office. And we all know that MS Office /really/ sucks on OS X. (http://www.neooffice.org)

ClamXav is the OS X version of one of the top three antivirus programs currently available (as rated by Tech Republic and a couple other security researchers). Even if the majority of malware out there won't infect OS X or Linux, it's a courtesy to those stuck with MS Windows to keep from spreading that stuff around. Clam does the job well. (http://www.clamxav.com)

Also, when you buy the machine most retailers will give you a deal on Parallels if you ask nicely. Sure I'm a tech geek, but I really love this program, especially since I manage a mixed network environment. I currently run OS X on my office machine, with both XP and Ubuntu Linux running in Parallels sessions. Pretty slick, really: It's the next best thing to blowing away OS X altogether and just running Ubuntu. ;)

And of course, I'm sure you're already familiar with Firefox and Thunderbird.

wander
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yup Yup. Familiar with most of it. Unfortunately I'm constrained on some fronts by compatability with internal company network issues. So I'll have to use Entourage to interface with the the Outlook folks and still use the calendar functions and all that. But I'll be much happier than having to use a PC.

W
virga_flame
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Pft. Thunderbird will allow you to read email. And really, do you /want/ people to be able to schedule more meetings with you? ;)
wander
Nov. 20th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Not especially but probably neccessary in the new job. They may even make me cary a Blackberry...*shudder*

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