As stated in the last post, I just got my new Macbook, and I’ve been toying around with it a lot over the weekend. In fact, today I went to Best Buy and Picked up a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter for my Macbook so I could use it as a desktop replacement while I’m home. Boy, did I get a shock.
I felt like I had caged my Macbook. I had hooked up a separate mouse and keyboard too, so I was interacting with it completely remotely, which made me feel like I’d somehow violated it. Like I was using it for the processing power, rather than the portability, and aesthetics it was designed for. Sort of like using a woman for her looks, but not her brains…but in reverse. It just felt so wrong.
I didn’t have many problems getting the setup to work. It took me a little while to figure out that, to get the external monitor to act as the main monitor, I had to turn on the Macbook, and close the lid immediately. Otherwise, it would just treat the external monitor as a secondary screen. Don’t get me wrong, it’s really cool having two monitors running off the same computer, but that’s not what I was going for this time around. I’m not sure I’d want to in the future, either. It would just be another way to lock down the Macbook to a stationary existence. I might toy with that a little more in the future, but I don’t expect it to be a regular thing.
I have no doubt that the Macbook would have made a great Desktop replacement. As I mentioned before, it runs World of Warcraft a hell of a lot smother than the Desktop I have now. However, I think I like the portability too much to just set it aside, and use it like a computer tower.
I wish the weekend was longer, so I could keep experimenting. I learn something new almost every time I turn on the laptop. I’m really liking OS X so far.