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Dec 8, 2007, 02:01 AM
I'm looking for opinions on what computer I should use, or if I should
use both?

I was given a Macbook Pro by my work (slightly older Intel Core Duo
2.16Ghz) with 2GB RAM.

I have a G5 dual 2.3 at home with 2.5GB of Ram

Both computers seem about the same speed although I know the Macbook
Pro will be able to run more things going forward since it's an Intel

If I go with using the Macbook Pro only, I would need to get a larger
hard drive since it only has a 100GB installed and my G5 has 300GB and
I'm using about 150GB of it.

Should I ditch the G5 and just use the Macbook Pro only? Or, should I
use both computers?

Any advice would be great!
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Dec 8, 2007, 11:46 AM
Wait, what's the benefit of ditching the G5?
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Dec 8, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Wait, what's the benefit of ditching the G5?
A faster machine that is more portable and not having to work between two machines. I feel like working between two machines is going to be hard if you are doing the same exact things on both of them.

Anyways, western digital has a 320gig laptop drive. So if you pick one of those up then the MBP should have plenty of storage. I'd take the MBP, (I bought one over a used G5 a few months ago and am pretty happy with the decision).
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Dec 8, 2007, 02:53 PM
How firm is their "giving" of the MBP to you, are you really the owner? Were you to lose your job, would they keep the laptop? In such a case, you'd be forced to buy a new computer just when finances are the worst.

You might also want a non-work computer for your ... artistic downloads.

I kept my own previous comp, so that I'd have a backup computer. Also, so guests / significant other can use a computer when they want to, without bumping me. Helps you avoid the shakes, from internet withdrawal.
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Dec 8, 2007, 05:40 PM
If what you do for a living relies on your computer, you WANT a backup computer available 24:7
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Dec 9, 2007, 01:39 AM
I agree. I would keep the dual G5 at this moment. 1) the MBP is a work-related machine. 2) I thought nowadays people do have a notebook and a desktop at the same time.
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Dec 9, 2007, 03:18 AM
And G5s just kick a lot more ass anyway.

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Dec 9, 2007, 10:28 AM
I guess it really depends on your work, (ie: how stringent are they going to be about the computer being customized/used for non-work purposes? Is it really yours?) and whether you've got a lot of non-work related things you use a computer for at home.

I have 3 -- a G5 at home, a G5 at work, and a Powerbook that I tote in between. All three are indespensible, as I'd go nuts working in Illustrator & Photoshop on a 15" laptop screen all day, and my home machine is filled with non-work-related photography and music. My Powerbook goes out of town with me, and has been useful as a backup machine when my G5 was in the shop (bad RAM- you'd think i could have diagnosed that myself. duh.) for a week, and for the two weeks at work before they got me a desktop to use.

As a Mac hoarder, I do have to ask why anyone in their right mind would get rid of a perfectly functional G5 tower, but maybe that's just a character flaw.

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