Re: Laptop recommendation

Subject: Re: Laptop recommendation
From: Ryan Young <ryangyoung -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:43:03 -0800

Thanks to everyone for your feedback. I went with the Pro Retina. We'll see
how that goes!

On Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM, Mark Giffin <mgiffin -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:

> I think if you strongly prefer the Macbook then you should go for it. I
> don't see a downside if you only need git and Confluence. If you need to
> also run Windows you can do it on the Macbook with things like VMware. I
> have friends who do that and claim Windows runs well on the Mac, and I
> would tend to believe them. I personally would have to think about it more
> because I'm not the audience for Apple products. I'd get one if I needed to
> for a client (like, say, if their developers all thought MacBooks were cool
> and I'd get along better if I had one too, or if the bash command line
> shell was causing me too much trouble on Windows).
>
> Being able to run Windows well on a Mac is not because Macs are superior
> in some mysterious way, it's because the Mac OS X EULA won't allow you to
> run OS X elsewhere (such as on a Windows machine in a VM). (Although people
> do run OS X under Windows but it's sub-legal and a pain to get it right.)
> If Apple loosened their OS X EULA, then companies like VMware would likely
> make it easy to run OS X on other than Apple hardware. Otherwise I'm sure
> they'd be sued by Apple.
>
> But I've used ThinkPad W520s for years and like them, with Windows 7. The
> T models like the T540 are lesser-spec than W models but probably good too.
> I intend to stay on my ThinkPads with Win7 and skip Windows 8 until Windows
> 10 comes out, just like I skipped Windows Vista.
>
> Mark Giffin
> Mark Giffin Consulting, Inc.
> http://markgiffin.com/
>
> On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 2:40 PM, Ryan G Young <ryangyoung -at- gmail -dot- com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> A good problem: I'm starting a new job on Monday and I need to choose
>>> which laptop to use. The choice is between:
>>> - 13" Macbook Air
>>> - 13" Macbook Pro Retina
>>> - Lenovo ThinkPad T440p
>>> - Lenovo ThinkPad T540
>>> All of their documentation is currently in Markdown in various GitHub
>>> repositories. Presumably, we'll need some other tools at some point (maybe
>>> Confluence?) but not for a while probably.
>>> I'd personally--strongly--prefer a Macbook.
>>>
>>> Thoughts?
>>>
>>>
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