Desktop dilemma

Posted on April 13, 2009 by Priya Tuli

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Today, I am going to share with you a dilemma, the horns of which I've been messing with. My old laptop has been slowly dying on me for the past several months; besides being five years old and choking to death on data, the cooling system is shot. So it gets overheated and shuts down several times each hour. I’ve been using a bag of frozen peas to rest it on, a nifty little trick picked up from a friend similarly afflicted. It works till the peas defrost; I realize I need a new computer very soon.

That brings up the whole PC versus Mac issue again, another dilemma I’ve been grappling with for years. Always a PC user, Mac just intimidates me. Since I’ve now hit the Fearless Fifties, Mac don’t scare me no more, so I decided I’d make the switch. Particularly as I can also have Winblows installed on it. I’m so glad I didn’t Mac earlier.

So back to the original dilemma: Desktop? Or laptop?

Well, that was also the question five years ago, when I finally decided on the now-dying laptop. So here it is again, five years later, same question. It’s true what they say, if you don’t kill an issue once and for all, it will come back and bite you in the butt later. It has.

I have strong pros and cons for both. Yes, I did a SWOT on it, and lots of head-talk. Here it is, in no particular order of priority.

I use my laptop like a desktop, but now so do most people.

My current laptop weighs 5 kilos in the bag; I cannot hump it around any more, it puts my back out. Besides, it’s just such a chore to plug-unplug-replug everything.

I love the flat-screen desktops. Glad I didn’t buy 5 years ago, they’ve made them even sexier now!

OMG I love the iMac desktop! That was 2 years ago.

Last year, it was: OMG I WANTTTT the new 20” iMAC!!! No CPU! Just a flat screen with everything in it!

But I’m skeered of the Mac.

But I can learn. How long is the conversion time?

I figure it will take a couple of weeks until I can navigate the new interface without squawking every few seconds.

I remember I’m Fearless Fifty-something now. I am NOT skeered!

I will do this thing.

Toshiba died out on me again. I MUST do this thing.

But why desktop? Just get the MacBook Pro, everyone said. Nooo, don’t want a heavy laptop, I want a light ultraportable. I want the MacBook AIR, I want I want! Besides, I've got a hump that challenges Quasimodo's from hunching over my laptop.

Bad idea, the AIR, they said. No DVD drive. I don’t need it if I have it on the desktop, I say.

Do you need two computers?

Hmm. I decide on a desktop for now, because I want a large flat screen.

Do I need two computers?

I need one that can travel with me.

Do I travel that much? Not for the last few years, but something tells me I will be travelling a lot pretty soon.

Okay, so I can defer the ultraportable for now. Till I travel next.

But if I do get one, which one? Only two choices. Macbook AIRRRR. Vaio Pocket. Ughh. Expensive, both. Ahh, but so sexyyyyy!!!

So. I finally bought the iMac 20" desktop last week. Immersed neck deep in a sudden project, no time to set it up. It sits in the spare bathroom in its box, safe. Away from the cats who will surely want to rip the carton to shreds.

This week I shall have to get it going.

Butbutbut...I’m skeered!


What was the final decision?

Posted by Samir Chopra on August 09, 2009 at 03:36 AM WIT #

iMac 20", still fumbling around after 15 years of being a die-hard PC user...but I love it! Laptop decision in abeyance for the nonce, but it would likely be one of those little ultralight things. If you're wondering why I haven't responded, will email to fill you in on the shenanigans of the past few months!

Posted by Priya Tuli on October 04, 2009 at 09:01 PM WIT #

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