compare and contrast..

I just sat back on my home office chair and noticed something – the way I’d laid out my phone and laptop spoke volumes.. so I took a picture to show you…

My work laptop and phone



My personal laptop and phone



Interesting, huh?

My work, which is very important in the scheme of things to both me and my company – if I can’t work well, then it costs lots of $$ – gives me the most basic phone I’ve ever seen and a base spec business laptop. Actually, I’m not complaining about the laptop, it might be basic, but it works fine, I just need a bigger harddisk – 50G these days for demos and virtual machines is waaay too small. The phone on the other hand, is embarrassing.

My home setup technically isnt that important (as in I don’t need it to pay the mortgage etc) – however it does keep me in touch with my kids on skype which is pretty important, and I also use it for my photography obsession to process photos and more recently, for writing children’s books. So, this largely non-essential use and I manage to have a hugely better spec machine (and oh so shiny too) than work. My phone is also muuuch better than my work phone and more appropriate (calendar/3G/email sync etc).

I’ve never had particularly good work laptops and I’ve always had to compromise in what I want to do -surely thats an oxymoron!

Windows FAIL

Now Jay’s computer has stuffed up.

Every day it fails to go to sleep correctly, fails to wake up, throws random issues with connecting to the wireless router, browsing, Word runs like a dog (whereas the Austin computers $500 cheap and cheerful budget tower I bought for the kids it runs fine) and generally its crap.

Thanks Dell, thats the first and last time I spend money with you. $2000 and it lasted 15 months.

Even Windows 7 doesn’t help – has to be the hardware and drivers not cooperating and updates don’t help.

So, we bought another Mac. A Macbook 13″, the new one, same spec as the old MacBook Pro 13″ but only costs $1500 (with memory upgrade and MS Office). I was dismayed to find the price of my MacBook Pro has fallen $300 since I bought it 4 weeks ago. Bollocks!

So Jay will finally have a computer that just does what it’s asked (as mine does – its fantastic and I love it). I’ll reinstall her Dell with XP when the Mac comes, see if I can get that to work so the girls can use it for a second machine – they often fight over having to do homework at the same time.

So far, Windows 0, Mac, 2. More than just a bloody nose.