The dream gets closer...

Picture of the Macbook ProI don’t imagine for a second that this will ever become a serious option at my current workplace, but the idea of using a Macbook as one’s day-to-day development machine is just… ooooh! In this post, Scott Walter discusses using Windoze emulation to run the remaining work-related apps that don’t have an OS X counterpart. In my case I would add Domino Designer to his list (Scott discusses MS Visio and MS Project), but that’s pretty much it I think.

Scott Walter: Macbook Pro For Developers.

Looking at Scott’s list, I avoid MS Project whenever possible (a bunch of arse so it is!), and I would run Omnigraffle Pro as a brilliant alternative to Visio. In fact, don’t tell anyone, but when working at home I’ve done a few work-related application diagrams in Omnigraffle already. No-one knew! Guffaw!

Anyway, Scott’s post is worth a read. He does a quick side-by-side on his new Macbook versus a Dell D600. It’s not a scientific comparison, not by a long-shot, but interesting to see nonetheless, especially for the Java developer.

Oh well, back to the dreams…


  1. I use my trusty powerbook G4 every day as my dev machine. The only bit of software I miss is Domino designer, but I don't have the need to touch that too much these days anyway, so no biggie (and there's virtual PC if I absolutely have to!).

    I was a little disappointed at the new intel macbook. I was hoping for a 64bit cpu - OS X is a 64bit OS - so (even though the G4 is 32bit) moving to the new macbook seems a little of a backward step.

    My powerbook is 18 months old and still looks (and works) like new. Kinda tough to justify buying a new one. I'm going to wait til next year when we hopefully geta 64bit intel chip, then my compile times will be miniscule :-)

    Can't wait! C'mon Apple: push for a 64bit intel chip!Brendon Upson#
  2. When the Intel iMacs came out there was a contest where people donated prize money to the first person who could successfully boot XP on an iMac. The winner has been confirmed and from what I understand the instructions will be posted soon. Here is an article on the contest and the winner. Fisher#
  3. Yes, been following that. Interesting stuff, though there’s still a question mark over whether this only works on the iMac or whether it can be extended to the Macbook and Mac mini.

    Personally I like the look of QEMU—at least that doesn’t void yer warranty!Ben Poole#

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