My shiny new laptop

Shortly before Christmas my [old Powerbook laptop]( started doing two

distressing things. Firstly, it started getting really, really hot

and was working really slowly. Secondly, and even *more* worryingly, the

hard drive was making funny noises every time it got used.

So I very quickly stopped using it, which is the other excuse that I

have for not posting very much lately. But this left me without a laptop,

and my desktop Mac (a [G4 iMac]( just isn’t up to a lot of the applications

I want to run. So a new computer was in order.

For funny reasons relating to tax policy (which I’ll discuss in another post soon),

a laptop is a much better thing to buy than a desktop. So, after relatively

little shopping around and a lot of work to fit it into the budget, last

week I got myself my shiny new toy:

![Macbook pro](

It’s a [MacBook Pro 17″]( It’s a

simply lovely computer. Really fast, [runs windows](

right next to Mac applications. Lots of memory, and a huge pretty screen.

On the downside, that’s the last big gadget purchase I get to make for a while…