Home Kit Update

A little over a month ago I wrote about my new ReadyNAS 104. Since then I’ve done a couple more purchases.

After much deliberation and consultation with others I eventually turned off my brain and bought a new Mac. I got the top of the range MacBook Pro. The stuff from website describes it like this.

15-inch: 2.5GHz with Retina display

  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Built-in battery (8 hours)

I am comparing it to a 5 year old 13-inch MacBook Pro (SSD and 8G RAM), so not surprising this new one is incredibly fast. 🙂 The screen is very good, but retina is overkill really. I can’t comfortably use it on anything higher than 1680×1050. On 1920×1200 is a pretty much unreadable on a lot of stuff. You can’t even run it at max resolution unless you hack around. It was very expensive, but so far I am very happy with it. If it lasts anything like as long as the last one did, then it’s a good purchase.

Since this is supposed to be my new desktop machine, I invested in a new ultra-wide monitor to go with it.  I got this one.

It’s brilliant! It’s a touch shorted than my previous monitor, but a lot wider, so it feels like a double-width screen. I have that sitting above my laptop so if my mouse goes to the top of my laptop screen it moves into the big monitor.

I can’t bring myself to give up my old Linux (Fedora 20) desktop completely, so I’ve moved it to the other side of the desk until I can break the habit.


The main server I use for my bigger stuff is in another room. It’s too noisy to keep in this room. 🙂 I should probably get rid of everything except the new laptop and monitor. Most of the other stuff is quite old now…

I’ll be doing UKOUG Tech14 with my old laptop. I’m still not 100% convinced that everything is installed and tested on the new laptop yet and I don’t want to risk a bad conference for the sake of showing off. 🙂



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

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