Re: OT: laptop for development
Thanks for your thoughts. I know my question was open ended and precisely for this reason I wanted to reach out to other wiser guys who use Omnis, any argument either way is worth noting and I always appreciate the time people take to respond.
I guess I was really trying to see if newest MBP15 is a good choice these days. My needs are pretty unsophisticated, I think:
– overall quality which also includes as little noise as possible and as little weight as possible
– ease of use
– good look since I am going to use this thing all the time
Since the cost of hardware is driven by all of the above, amortization and productivity, I didn’t want to make it a priority.
On the other topic, you are lucky to get 26 days of vacation in one piece (and being able to do it with the backpack), I find it inspiring, good for you.
On Aug 25, 2017, at 7:29 PM, CLIFFORD ILKAY <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 2017-08-25 08:06 AM, Grzegorz (Greg) Pasternak wrote:
>> Something easy for Friday.
>> What is the best portable computer for Omnis developer these days?
>> Is the latest MacBook Pro 15 the best choice?
>> I would like to maintain some old versions of Omnis and take full advantage of O$8.1
>> Please share your thoughts.
> This is like asking, “What is the best car?” The answer is, “It depends.” I was just on a 26 day vacation with one carry-on backpack. The most compact computer I have, other than my phone, is a 2009 13″ MacBook Pro. Normally, I don’t have much use for a MacBook Air or other tiny mobile computers. On that trip, I wished I had one because as light as the 13″ MBP is, it still added significant weight to my backpack.
> Last summer, I was away for two weeks and needed to get work done on that “vacation”. I carried a Dell Precision portable workstation, which has all the ergonomics of a brick but it’s blazing fast and has 32GB of RAM, something I value when running multiple virtual machines. The power brick for that thing probably weighs more than a Surface Pro or MacBook Air. I spent about $1000 on that machine and it’s perfect for what I use it for. If I had to travel more frequently and needed something as powerful, I’d probably buy a new ThinkPad P series. Those are relatively compact, high-quality, and can be stuffed with up to 64GB of RAM.
> It really depends on your priorities. If you want an ultra-portable for some reason, the Surface Pro is popular but beware of the reliability issues with some models. If it’s “OS X or nothing”, you know the options you have. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to beat off-lease refurbished ThinkPads or Dell XPS or Precision models for value for money. You’ll get something that is a couple of generations behind, which means it’s the same as Apple in their mid-refresh cycle, for under $1000.
> FYI, I have Omnis Studio 220.127.116.11 running on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. Other than the dropdown list issue, which I deal with by disabling any toolbars in the IDE (we don’t have any in our application), it works fine. If I needed to run anything older and it wouldn’t run on Windows 10, I also have Windows 7 running in a VirtualBox virtual machine.
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