The decision has been made. And perhaps it is fitting that I ordered a black computer; fitting because of the grief that has enveloped me these past few weeks as I’ve realized I needed to replace my 12″ PowerBook. It’s still working fine – but I don’t want to be working on it without Applecare, in case something does happen. So, I needed to find a replacement. You might remember my Open Letter to Steve Jobs, pleading for the release of a 12″ or even a 13″ MacBook Pro. I still think they are ignoring a huge group of faithful PowerBook users who would have gone for the 12″/13″ MacBook Pro. But, I couldn’t convince myself that the 15″ was financially worth it, or that it wouldn’t be too big for me. So, I went with the MacBook.
Sarah is also in the market for an upgrade in the next year or so, so we’ve worked out a nice deal. If they do (and I pray daily for it) come out with a smaller MacBook Pro, I’ll probably get that, and then Sarah will get this black MacBook. Or I might find the MacBook to be perfectly fine as well. We’ll see.
Of course, it’s a great time to buy a Mac right now because they are having the Education Promo; you get the free printer and a free iPod Nano. I also decided to suck it up and purchase the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium software. Retailing for $1799.95, the Educational Discount brings it to $599.99, but when you buy a new Mac now, you can get the entire package for $349.95 – which is pretty damn amazing (80% off). So I decided to go for it.
At any rate, it will be sad to say goodbye to my 12″ PowerBook – but I know someone will want it and will really enjoy it – as it’s a fabulous computer. I’ll probably be putting it up on Craigslist and eBay, but if you’re very interested, please email me and I’ll get a running list of people who are interested. The only thing I’ll say about selling it to someone I know (and I totally copied this from Doug Pagitt when he sold his PowerBook): “I am nervous about selling to someone I know so only inquire if you will never hound me about it later.” Not that I want to be mean about it – and not that I think you’ll have any problems with this computer, but I just don’t want things to be awkward for any reason. I’ll post more about selling this computer and its specs when I have my new black MacBook up and running.