My electronic family is growing and I now have a new face. I’ve replaced my white Macbook for the special edition black, meaning more HD space, RAM, and latest Mac operating system. My original Macbook got me through graduate school, but had I had the beast I have now- research would have been easier, faster, and more efficient. The limited screen size of a laptop makes real estate for programs and documents as valuable as ever. The Mac OS capitalizes on it with spaces:
Multitasking is a breeze on this machine. I wish we used Mac in the office, XP and the Windows Internet Explorer are awful and make jumping around a headache. If I’m cataloging and then have to hop onto a reference question, the cataloging has to get closed down because my research could end up taking over my e-mail, web browser, and add other applications for PDFs, screen captures, etc. With Mac spaces I could catalog in one browser (Safari). While working on research in another (Firefox). If one were to crash the other would be fine.
Oh and as I was writing this my work PC had IE and a library application freak out and become unresponsive. A trusty Macintosh has powered me throught my education, 4th – graduate school. Too bad it can’t be the main choice in my law firm library.