Tech Support?

I have a dilemma!

So as I recently blogged, I just got a new Macbook Pro for school. This is my first laptop and now I have two computers availible for my personal use. The laptop and the desktop that I am typing this on. First some specs:

Mac OX X Leopard Version 10.5.8

2 GHz PowerPC G5

20″ matte display, 1680 x 1050

iLife ’08

iWork ’09

Legit copy of Adobe CS3 Design Premium

250GB Built in Hard-drive

Last model before iSight camera became standard

I’m at a bit of a loss here. I really don’t know what to use two computers for. I’m already running into confusion with files being on one computer and not on the other.

Someone recently suggested that I sell the desktop computer since I am not using it. This sounds like a logical idea, but I am a bit hesitant. I feel that the desktop is a bit more reliable because it isn’t at a great risk of being lost of stolen. That said, if it was stolen I would still need to invest in a replacement laptop so having the desktop wouldn’t really benefit me. From looking at similar models on craigslist I reckon I could get about $500 MAX for it.

I suppose one pro on the desktop side is working with video. My laptop has one firewire 800 port but I don’t even have a cable that supports that. My video projects as of late have been filmed with my digital picture camera that connects via USB. I’ve stopped using my old video camera because it shoots really grainy footage (and is quite outdated). To be honest it hasn’t been the same since I took it on the Empire State Building (New York, New York : P). So I guess since I only need a USB port video isn’t much of an issue.

I have also considered using the desktop purely as a backup for the laptop but to be honest that feels like a waste of desk space.

So what should I do? Sell? Trade? Use as a backup? Do you know of another use that I am overlooking? Let me know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Tech Support?

  1. I’d either sell it or keep it as a backup, since i don’t see much of a point of wasting all the desk space.

    Depending on the spec, i might be interested in picking it up! My PC is starting to sound like a vacuum cleaner and DNW.

  2. Why don’t you just keep both and use them for what you need?
    For example, laptops are REALLY bad for editing videos, etc. So use desktop. I used to be on desktop(family use) and I am now on my own netbook. However, my netbook still sucks at editing so I use the other. I believe ther eis a way to link your laptop to the desktop for files. But I don’t know how. Ask someone geeky about that one, cause then you wouldn’t be confused. That or use a flashdrive and pass files back and fourth on it.
    It’s what I’ve done for 2 years now…and it helps so much. Backups and everything. Benefits to both :)

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  4. Crazy, I had a 17″ iMac G5 that died (Logic Board is toast) back in September. Same model and everything. I also have a legit Adobe CS3 copy, but the Master Collection… but anyway.
    While generally desktops are better at doing video, at almost 5 years old it’s not going to be better then your MacBook Pro (Adobe CS3 on my MacBook Pro destroys what my iMac could do). Spec-wise you’re looking at a huge increase in processor speed, ram, and graphics, so everything should run faster on newer hardware.
    I was in the same spot when I upgraded to my MacBook Pro in July of last year, and I was glad I kept my iMac for all of 3 months… I used it specifically for music and syncing iPods and such. With an 80GB+ iTunes library, I didn’t want to load everything onto my MBP and lose that much space. Now everything’s on an external drive, but it doesn’t work as well as it used to.
    As for file sharing, you could always mount the drive of your iMac onto your MBP, or the other way around. This would allow you to transfer files back and forth and to work in both environments if needed.
    One thing I never tried, but would have if mine didn’t die, was screen sharing between the two. I don’t know if it would work, since one is PowerPC and the other is Intel, but there should be some way to.
    For $500 I wouldn’t sell it, I’ve been in the same spot and didn’t. Unless you really need the money or want to buy an iPad with it… haha

    • WOW! We match, or we did, in a really nerdy way hahah x D

      That’s good advice. I know what you mean about iTunes and not wanting to bog down the MBP. I’ve got 4000+ photos that need a home somewhere.
      By screen sharing did you mean like a duel monitor setup? or via iChat? ’cause I know iChat is doable however I don’t think that would be very useful.

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