There are days when I just wish I were Bill Gatesâ€™ (rather, Steve Jobsâ€™) daughter. With a tricked-out setup like his, I would so be beside myself, that if I were married, I wonâ€™t be paying hubby any attention because of being absorbed in my system.
When I first saw Bill Gatesâ€™s setup on CNN Money, I chuckled to myself because I was so amused how he could need three displays just to check mail. It was only until I had experienced and realized the need to work on two computers at once that I finally reconciled myself to the fact that multiple displays have more than salivation factors. They actually bring a productivity boost that is unparalleled.
In the future, I would like to own these:
- An ultraportable Mac laptop, however theyâ€™ll name those then.
- A huge-display Mac laptop.
- An iMac.
- Two PC notebook computers.
- An ASUS eeePC.
- An OLPC PC.
If the Mac Pro had a realistic price and a realistic function in my life, I would love to get one. But as it is, I don’t need quad core and up to potentially 16GB of RAM. Besides, the kind of money a Mac Pro costs would best be used for my kidsâ€™ college education.
The ultraportable would be needed for working on the road. The iMac would be for the kids or as a server of sorts. The huge-display Mac lappie (a MacBook Pro if I have the money soon :p) just because I want one, one PC laptop would be for Windows, while the other would be for all the Linux distros I would want to try out (install and delete, yay!), the eeePC because I want to use a lappie on the run, and the OLPC because I want to help out its cause and have a piece of the action in the process. I sure hope Nicholas Negroponte would keep the â€œGive one, get oneâ€ thing open till next year.
But definitely, I would want a PC laptop in the nearest, soon-as-possible future. The ASUS eeePC can wait, possibly another year, when prices would fall. And probably December would be the best time for me to buy, because a cheap Linux-based Acer would have prices falling then, too. If only my illness didn’t make me lose as much money as I did. Wah.
On a wistful note, while other women are all for salivating on Louis Vuittons and Chanel whatevers, I go â€œWhat on earth are those?! And why on earth that price tag?!â€ on bags, while it would take a crowbar to pry me off a Mac Pro if I saw one.
The need for multiple displays is understandable. I just don’t know if *my* “need” for multiple computers is still within sane proportions. Maybe I’m manic? Maybe I’m addicted? All I know is, give a geek multiple displays, multiple machines, and he or she will be like a cat toying with a mouse, for months on end. Or until the first system crash or first fuse blown. Heheh.
Either way, I stay, salivating. :p
*Picture copyright of CNN Money.