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The Joy of Screen Real Estate

By deans ~ March 15th, 2009. Filed under: Random Thoughts.

I can’t say enough good things about my MacBook, but, if I had it all to do over again, I might have gone for an iMac.  As I’m mostly chained to my desk trying to write applications, portability isn’t a big issue.  Having enough screen space for header files, the iPhone simulator and the various source files that I’m working on turns out to be the real requirement.  I just picked up a refurbished 20 inch Dell UltraSharp monitor and a mini-DisplayPort to DVI adapter for the MacBook.  Now I’m, a happy coder.  The MacBooks are sure seductive, but I need more display space to be productive.

BTW, if you order an iMac, be sure to consider whether the full size keyboard (with Numeric Keypad) is a better fit for you than the now standard Apple Keyboard.  The full size keyboard doesn’t add to the cost of the system, but you do have to select it explicitly as you order.  I didn’t realize how much I used both “Delete” and “Backspace,” until I used the MacBook keyboard and had to use Fn-Del for forward Delete.

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