I got a Mac!

I finally purchased a Mac. I got it way back before xmas (about 3.5 months ago) but am only posting about it now because I’ve been too busy loving it 🙂 I have long desired a Mac since I learned OS X was basically the stability and coolness of unix with the awesome GUI of a Mac. I was going to get a MacMini in an effort to save some cash, but I changed my mind and got a MacBook instead. The stats:

  • MacBook with OS X Tiger (10.4.8)
  • 2.0 Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 80 GB HD
  • SuperDrive
  • And the rest of the standard stuff: wifi, bluetooth, gigabit ethernet, etc.

I also purchased a ViewSonic VX2035wm 20.1″ wide screen LCD monitor. Running in a dual monitor setup with the laptop screen. I’m in heaven. I’m slowly trying to transition the Mac as my primary machine/platform. I’m loving it so far. I even did some unix “hacking” the first day I got it. I was able to give my Palm TX internet access via a bluetooth connection to the Mac. Nerd attack.

Here’s a photo of my current setup:

Three monitor setup

Left to right: ViewSonic GS790 monitor plugged into my Dell Inspiron 700m laptop (not pictured) running XP, the new 20 inch LCD, the MacBook on the right. They’re all sharing a single Microsoft keyboard and mouse thanks to the jaw dropping power of FOSS Synergy.

I can’t praise Synergy enough. You hook your keyboard and mouse up to a single computer, then install the Synergy client software on each computer you want to share the keyboard and mouse with. Then little elves and wizards crawl inside your computers and start casting spells. At least that’s how I think it works because it looks like magic to me. Watch in amazement as you drag your mouse from one screen to the next jumping from XP to Mac and back again. Amazing.

I’m loving OS X so much that after about only 2 months of using my Mac, I bought my wife a MacMini for Valentine’s day. It replaced her ailing generic beige box PC. What better way to say “I love you” than with a computer running OS X?

2 Comments »

  1. Giovani said,

    April 25, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    Hello, I just wanted to ask you what cable is connected to your Viewsonic monitor…

    Here is a list:
    http://www.hisdigital.com/UserFiles/news/200902261616114965.png

    I have a DVI-D Single Link connected to a Macbook Aluminum and it doesn’t work, just wanted to see if your is a DVI-D Dual Link to make it work.

  2. Joel Mama said,

    April 26, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

    @Giovani: Hi! Keep in mind that this post is for a two+ year old MacBook (white plastic) which I don’t have anymore. I purchased a circa-2007 MacBook Pro since this post, so I don’t have that machine in my possession. I do still have and use the same monitor with my the MBP.

    Having said that, I believe I used the cable that came with my Viewsonic monitor. Looking at the cable and the handy-dandy DVI chart link you posted (helpful, thanks!) it appears to be DVI-D Single Link. I was also using this Apple Mini-DVI to DVI converter at the time. That adapter appears to be a DVI-D Dual Link. Hope that helps, and good luck!

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