I had been waiting for today’s announcement of the new MacBook Pro, and after reading the specs and prices, in spite of the MacBook Pro improvements looking rather nice, I decided to go with the Mac Pro instead, and I’ll keep my first gen MacBook Pro around as well for travel. In evaluating my computer usage, I’ve been a bit dissatisfied with the performance of the MacBook Pro for a while as I can’t effectively run Parallels without running out of RAM. In fact, I’m pretty much always out of RAM with the MacBook Pro.
While I do travel rather frequently, I decided that when I’m on the road I can live with the slower computer, and when I am working, I’ll have the luxury of a quad core machine with 9 GB of RAM. It’s the first desktop machine I will have used in several years, and I’m curious to see if I can handle life with two fully capable machines.
As far as keeping the two machines in sync, the only thing I am concerned about is email as just about everything else lives in subversion or isn’t all that important. I’m a crazy power user of Thunderbird, and I have far too many email accounts. If anyone has good suggestions (besides the typical just use imap for everything, which isn’t enough given my filter settings, etc.), I’d love to hear them.