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Apple M1

It’s been in the rumor mill for some time but finally in November 2020 Apple made the official announcement – Apple Introduced the M1 processor and the very first batch of hardware based on it.

Not exactly sure what all the advantages of the new chip is, but I do feel it is here to stay. And with that I went ahead and got myself a laptop running the new M1 processor. It’s a MacBook Air with 16 Gb of memory and 500 Gb of flash storage. My initial plan is to avoid the Rosetta Translation Environment – as long as I can. I am running into a few issues and am trying to find workarounds. We’ll see how far I get.

– manzoor

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Laptop vs Tablet

I have been doing my best to incorporate a “tablet” into my workflow but am still coming out short on a few tasks. Namely:

  • Managing & Arranging my flickr pix
  • Blogging (either WordPress of Blogspot), specially when I am trying to create links
  • Remotely accessing servers via ssh

The ssh access would be very useful but at the same time is NOT the top of my priority.

Other than trying to come up with an excuse so that I can get a new toy / gadget (the tablet is a great gadget), I am really trying to find a way to NOT have to use my phone. I realized a while back that I use the phone for almost everything else more than I use it as a phone (to make or receive actual phone calls). And I do it because I am NOT in front of my laptop. The tablet would be the perfect solution – it’s way more convenient to have around than a laptop while at the same time it has a much bigger screen size than my iPhone.

The only drawback of a tablet – cannot make regular calls 😦 Yes, there are solutions, but none that actually replaces having my phone. If I am going to have to give up on that front, the tablet needs to be significantly more functional that a smart phone. The larger screen size if definitely a good starting point, but not enough.

So, my solution is to get a smaller / lighter laptop. My current laptop, 13″ MacBook Pro, is less than an inch thick, under 13″ x 9″ and weighs less than 5lbs. I newer version would make the laptop about a pound and a half lighter. But would mean forking out $1,500 😦

– manzoor