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What's your favourite IDE and coding setup (e.g. mechanical keyboard) and why?
Xcode on MacOS with iTerm2 for terminal. Using a 16" MacBook which WOULD be great except they made the touchpad GINORMOUS so you palms rest on it and cause all KINDS of nasty things to happen, which slows you down during work day. Really frustrating, and Apple obviously didn't test it out that well before releasing it. Keyboard is MUCH better than the 2018 model tho, in terms of tactile feedback. Physical [escape] key is a welcome addition, nothing worse than virtual escape and virtual volume buttons. (Apple still hasn't made volume a physical button, they should just do a physical wheel). 2 screens is mandatory, and the bigger the 2nd screen the better.
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1 year ago
monkishrex replied:
I'm rocking a 13" MBP but 2011 model before the wrecked the keyboard! Sad to hear that about the touch pad... I thought Tim Cook era would eliminate issues like that... does not give me much confidence in their future line
john replied:
Apple has another decade in them of dominance, but they get plenty wrong. Don't even get me started on their shit-for-brains soy-based charging cords which all break inside of 6 months. I have no less than a dozen old-school charging cords all of which still work, yet I"m probably 3 dozen strong of broken "two-way" chargers, and every component on them breaks. It's cheap Chinese junk. Cook is a master of operations, things like dominating the Flash or DRAM supply chain, but he's no clue on how to make sure the products are up to snuff like Steve. I think if you do the newest 13" MBP, it'd be pretty ideal. I just REALLY like a bigger screen as my eyes are going bad.
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1 year ago
monkishrex replied:
They can definitely pull it off, but full integration of Debian into Chrome OS could be a dark horse in the laptop market. Fair enough lol, I also like the possible 14" option. And I mean, my next laptop will still likely be another 13" MBP but the one after that may not be.
john replied:
Apple about to put MacOS onto it's own silicon, and this will pervade their whole lineup over time. I think they are about to make a LOT of inroads on the desktop & laptop markets vs MSFT. This isn't unprecedented in history bc it's what MSFT's been doing to IBM in big-metal markets IBM once dominated. Same story, but this time Apple is leveraging their size in mobile (iPhone + iPad) into the bigger footprint. In 3 years MacOS will be able to leverage the App Store, and that's a game changer. It's also great news for iOS devs as it broadens the appeal of learning how to code Swift/iOS. I don't disagree that something else will come to Apple to take them down a notch, but it's not entirely clear what that is, but the trend has always been SMALLER computing. And looky here, we have things like Apple Watch but also Snap Spectacles-- both "smaller" in footprint than iPhone. So in short, iPad and MacBooks are about to be just two versions of the same product, and I think there's strength in that-- for at least a decade. Especially given how small Apple's market share is in desktop/laptops vs Windows.