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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Mac Daddy!

In my Three Strikes post I wrapped up the sorry tale of trying to get an X1 Carbon delivered from Lenovo. The day after I cancelled I did get an email indicating it was going to be delayed another 30 days. I’m hoping that is just due to two separate systems not being quite in sync, but I won’t be surprised to find it on the doorstep someday either.

That sent me back to shopping. I took another look at a Samsung Series 9, good specs, but when I tried the keyboard – eh, just didn’t seem like any travel. Hard to judge standing in a store, but just didn’t seem like the one.

That put me back to considering the Mac Air. Steve Jones recommending it, all the reviews are good to great, so decided to try it. Ordered the 8g/256g configuration in case I want to run Windows in a VM (works decently so far using Virtual Box) with the I7 processor. Only had it a couple days but so far its good. Keyboard is good, I wish the display was matte instead of glassy, tethers to my phone nicely over Bluetooth, and the trackpad seems solid. It seems solid.

It’s my first Apple, so I don’t know where anything is. Interesting/annoying. I’m looking forward to trying it in a dual boot config just to see,and I may try Parallels and/or VMware too,but it’s nice that VirtualBox works for free.

Thinking maybe to P2V my current laptop to duck the pain of moving/re-installing my stuff, or make the jump to Windows 8 and do it all at once.

Will be interesting to see.

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