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Mac Users and the Macs They Use
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Michael Tsai

Creator of SpamSieve and About This Particular Macintosh, among many other things, Michael Tsai has something of a cult following of his own.

What Mac do you use now? If you have more than one, which one do you use for most things?

G5 tower for most things. (Also have a 12" PowerBook and a graphite iBook for testing.)

Tell me some of its specifications.

Dual 2GHz, 2.5GB of RAM, dual 20" Dell displays, Macally ICEkey, Apple Pro Mouse.

What do you like about this machine?

Lots of screen space. It's almost 2 years old, but still relatively fast.

What don't you like about it?

It's noisy and not nearly fast enough, e.g. Xcode still feels slow.

What do you plan to purchase next?

The first Intel-based iBook or PowerBook.

The piece of software you can't live without?

BBEdit.

Joe Kissell

Tell us about your Mac.

My main machine these days is a 2GHz 20" iMac G5, with a second 20" widescreen display (a Dell 2005FPW) running, thanks to Screen Spanning Doctor. That machine has 2GB of RAM and a 400GB hard drive. I have several other Macs I use for testing, travel, and server applications.

What do you like about this machine?

I like its compactness, speed, display quality, and especially the fact that it can be coaxed into supporting a second non-mirrored display. And, since I bought this before the ones with the built-in iSights came out, I have the adapter that lets me put it on a VESA arm, which gives me more flexibility with how I use my (physical) desktop.

What don't you like about it?

Well, two 20" displays are great, but two 30" displays would be better! Other than that, I'd like a bit more volume from the internal speakers, many more USB ports, and FireWire 800. But these are really minor quibbles. I'm pretty content with this machine for the time being.

What do you plan to purchase next?

I'll be taking a hard look at the first crop of Intel-based PowerBooks. My 1GHz Titanium PowerBook is getting a bit long in the tooth. But actually, my next purchase will probably be a color laser printer, now that those are getting to be affordable by mere mortals.

The piece of software you can't live without?

LaunchBar, without a doubt. It drives me crazy to try to find and launch things on machines without it.

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