I have a dilemma! I want to go to a very compact notebook for on-the-go rails coding, however after reviewing what’s available it seems the MacBook is a real contender, but I’ve not been a Mac/Apple user before. Some advice would be great.
Re Hardware Choice
(a) Sony Vaio
VGNTX47GPW - 11" screen, 1.25kg, bit smaller than MacBook
==> excellent BUT more expensive ~A$3600
(b) Acer Travel Mate - 12.1" screen, 1.5kg, mid-way in size between MacBook & Sony
==> still a bit expensive ~A$2900
© MacBook - A$2099, but very slightly bigger, BUT 2.36kg!
I really want something I can carry around everywhere with minimum of annoyance, so the 1.25kg 11" screen Sony would be great. However I’m not sure if it warrents paying TWICE the price of a MacBook.
Question 1 - MacBook users: How do you find the device from the point of view of weight and likelihood that you’d carry around with you, or get sick of the weight and want to leave it at home?
Question 2 - Should I move to a Mac?..from a Rails development perspective I assume it should fine. I use RadRails / InstantRails / Firebug at the moment.
Question 3 - Other windows applications/things I use, know off hand if they are covered on the Mac???
Ability to share directories and files with other Windows XP computers on my network? (e.g. play MPEG2/MPEG4 movies)
Share iTunes songs between Mac and Windows PCs on my network
Any other advice that would sway me to become, or not become, a Mac user for the first time?