Thursday, January 19, 2006

Off to Texas . . .

. . . in the morning for ALA. Still saving my pennies for a laptop (Power Book or Mac Book Pro? please weigh in) so nothin' from me until Tuesday. I'm assured that Newbery/Caldecott/etc. news will be on our website bright and early--the press conference will be at 9:00 AM EST. I'll be there taking notes with Martha Parravano and Betty Carter, and will get back to you on what gets oohed and what gets booed. (Goodness, can you imagine?)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get the power book. Have a wonderful time. AND DON'T FORGET TO TELL US WHAT YOU ATE.

Daniel said...

Personally, I'm drooling like a mad cow over the new MacBook Pros.

I'm holding off on buying one, though. Basically, I thrive on Aperture, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and programs of that ilk – and they're not all completely ready for Intel-based Macs. My workflow would be rather, erm, severely hampered by not having them up and running.

So if you depend on those, I'd say don't buy a MacBook Pro yet. But if you don't, and you're needing a new 'pooter right now, DEFINITELY treat yourself and buy one!

Or if you can spare the time, feel free to wait with me for a few months – I'd suspect by summer, most of the Mac power programs will have been ported to Intel AND quite possibly a new revision of the MacBook Pro will have come out.

Just my thoughts.

Betty Carter said...

Being the official restaurant picker when Horn Book folks visit Texas, I'll give you a little history of our great dining. In Houston we've been to Ninfa's (the original on Navigation) and when in Dallas we went to the best little roadside steakhouse in Texas: The Ranchman's Cafe. (http://www.ranchman.com) or (http://www.woodenuknow.com/SunnysRainbow/pondertexas.html). Much of Bonnie & Clude was filmed in the back yard and, legend goes, Miss Lillian Carter purchased the outhouse when they went to indoor plumbing. But, I'm thinking that in San Antonio we shoud go to Jim's Restaurant (http://www.jimsrestaurant.com) for a steak and egg breakfast. And check out the menu. I'd give it the Caldecott.

Roger Sutton said...

Betty's taste, in books and restaurants, is unerring.

Daniel, I don't have any fancy programs at all, unless you count the latest Myst game Richard gave me for Christmas ;-). I just like the size of the 17" Powerbook and am also worried that the first MacBooks will be "rough drafts." (I don't care about the speed.) But then I worry that my Powerbook will be obsolete too soon. I admit this is a pretty luxurious problem!

BJNewman said...

I just bought an ibook with souped up ram, instead of a Power book. I wanted an extra portable machine for doing assignments on the road, I was leary of the new ProBook, and I wanted to keep my costs down, since I alrweady have two other Mac's. The 14" ibook size was appealing, and with the extra ram plus the gig+processor, it is darn fast--and I am an illustrator and I use Photoshop and Painter frequently. You might find the larger laptop to be more annoying than not, when you have to carry other things. I do love the ibook. I even use my small Wacom tablet and pen with no trouble. I have a G5 imac, as well as my old G4 dual processor, and this one is just as good as eihter! Good luck!

Lisa Yee said...

I have a Mac Power Book. When I travel I also take along a keyboard and a mouse. Yeah, I know. It's pretty pathetic.

Don Tate II said...

I stood in line for coffee, next to you at ALA, and was too overcome with nerves to speak. So, now, I say, hello.

Jane said...

My dear husband, retired head of the UMass Computer Science Department, got us all (us being the department and the family) on Macs. I am sitting in my tv room and writing on my ibook G4. And I have the least upgraded mac in the family.

Cause I only read email, a few blogs, and play Bookworm.

Jane

Jane said...

Oh yes--and write bookson it, too.

Jane

Chris Abouzeid said...

PowerBook--definitely. I do programming on the side, and the first rule of thumb when it comes to computers and software is NEVER get the first version.

I'm sure the MacBook Pro will be great, eventually. But the likelihood is that there are going to be quite a few bugs in the first implementation, especially since Apple's programmers are not used to dealing with the Intel way of doing things.

Get yourself a nice PowerBook G4--15" screen if you want good visibility, 12" screen if you want optimal portability. Also, get as much memory (RAM) added as you can afford. (Max it out if you have the $$.) It really speeds things up.

Hope that helps...

rindambyers said...

Maybe someday a laptop for me....I hope! ight now, it's clipboard, pen, and paper...but I enjoy that sometimes, too.

Roger Sutton said...

Hey, Don--I don't even *have* any nerves prior to my cup of coffee and thus was completely harmless. Please say hello the next time we meet.