Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Wow, it's been a while. Where I'm at, day job, house, MacBook Pro.

I haven't worked on my project since the first week of December. Between the holidays (i.e. family and shopping) and late nights at the office due to my promotion I just haven't been able to work on it.

I'm not stopping my project. I just need to get everything in order at my day job before I can get back on this project. I'm currently recruiting a developer (Java/Coldfusion/Flex) and a business analyst (MIS Graduate). If you live in Orlando and are interested, contact me and I'll send you the job description.

I'm really happy with my promotion. It's a lot of work, but the rewards are great. I love managing a department. It's a total blast. (I say this 1 month in, check back in 1 year ;) My salary increase has also allowed me to buy two new things.
  1. New House
  2. Apple MacBook Pro
My wife and I have been talking about having children, and I want to raise my kids in the same kind of house I grew up in. 2-story with plenty of space to run around, and a dinning room and living room that the children aren't allowed in. :)

My current Windows PC is almost 4 years old. Honestly, since making the switch from Java to Ruby development my workstation needs have decreased (don't need as much power and RAM). But i've been dieing for an Apple computer for a while now. I got a ton (5) of Apple Store gift cards for X-mas. Unfortunately, the online store only accepts 4 gift cards for an order so I'm keeping one of the gift cards for a future airport express, blank DVD's, or a mouse. See the specs on my MacBook Pro below.

I'm joining the Apple family!

I hope everyone had a happy holidays. Take care!


Blogger Maxim Porges said...

I'll be upgrading to a MacBook Pro a few months after they come out. I've got a few requirements of my own...

- CheckPoint VPN for Tiger
- Eiter (a) preliminary results for VirtualPC on Rosetta, or (b) VirtualPC or VMWare for OS X on Intel

I've barely had my PowerBook a year (got it in March 2005), but their new offerings are well worth the upgrade. The iSight in the enclosure alone is almost worth upgrading for.

Are you going to use it at work?

- max

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Sica said...

I'm debating over using it at work. That's a lot of wear and tear on my personal property, but the joy of using it over the POS Dell's we have might be worth it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous John Topley said...

Sound like things are going well for you Michael - congratulations!

You'll love the Mac. I didn't really understand why people were passionate about them in a way that people never are about PCs, until I bought one!

I notice that the MacBook Pro (I hate that name!) has got a neat new magnetic power adapter that can safely be tripped over. A word of advice from experience though: watch out for the other end of that cable. If the power brick is the same design as for my PowerBook then it has a serious design flaw. It has two flaps that fold out for the purpose of coiling the cable around. Don't do it! If you do then eventually an internal connector in the power brick will snap and you'll have a dead power supply. This happened to me a few months ago, less than a year after I bought the Mac.

Apple support were excellent and send me a replacement straightaway without any hassle, but it's obviously a known design problem within Apple. There are a lot of people on the Web who've fallen foul of this too. Anyway, hopefully they'll have taken the opportunity to change the design for yours.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 4:36:00 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...


dual-boot win/osx !

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:04:00 AM  
Blogger Michael Sica said...

Thanks for the tip John!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Michael Sica said...

Nathan, there is no way I'm going to de-file my shiny (yet to be delivered) Apple Computer by running that disease, Windows!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 6:12:00 PM  

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