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  1. #1
    Desolate One
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    New toy for iBook?
    I am really diggin this thing and I'm going to go as far as to make it my desktop replacement considering I'm not in the market for a new G5 to replace my PC (read: I'm broke). I was thinking max out the RAM (1G more) or Bluetooth KB & mouse. I've also been kicking around the idea of an Airport Extreme Base Station so I can surf whilst enjoying a cigar out back... then again it's getting quite cold so I think that idea can wait.

    So wot do you guys think? Max out the RAM or Bluetooth KB & mouse? Or hey, if you blokes have any other suggestions, I'm open.

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    I think if RAM is good now, get the bluetooth since iBook is so nice to be mobile :alien:

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    m1k
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    I'd say get RAM. Bluetooth came standard in my PowerBook, and I've never really used it - I have a USB mouse. I have upgraded the RAM a lot though.

    If you're only going to use Bluetooth with a mouse and a keyboard, it's not really worth it. But if you have a Bluetooth PDA or cell or something, go for it.

    RAM is always good for improving system performance. I'd say just get more RAM.

    Also, if you can, I'd say get a network going. AirPort Extreme base stations are expensive as hell, I'd say get a Netgear router if your house isn't too big, It works fine for me. Networks are really nice. I was sick the other day, and I was relaxing in bed, posting on Mac Forums wirelessly. It's really nice when you don't have any wires at all - it's freeing!

    I guess the question is how much funds do you have? A Netgear router is like $15, it's REALLY cheap. 1GB of RAM, on the other hand, is like $500, which isn't cheap at all. Bluetooth + a mouse/keyboard is like $150.

    Good luck on deciding, it's hard!
    m1k

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    Desolate One
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    I currently have a wired network with about 5 nodes. The Base Station would be nice, but right now due to the weather I'm not too excited about sitting out back w/ the iBook. I don't mind the CAT5 cable for the moment.

    So it looks like RAM is the clear-cut winner from those that had posted. I was also leaning that way. I'm hoping it speeds up my CD rips since I'm only able to rip @ 1.7-2.2x using iTunes LAME, which is confusing to me.

    Thanks for the input.

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    m1k
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    So it looks like RAM is the clear-cut winner from those that had posted. I was also leaning that way. I'm hoping it speeds up my CD rips since I'm only able to rip @ 1.7-2.2x using iTunes LAME, which is confusing to me.
    Well, as far as I can tell, RAM doesn't really speed up importing speed. When I doubled my RAM from 256MB to 512MB, it didn't really do much to the importing speed.

    AAC is the best encoder, try it. I often get up to 15x importing, and it sounds better than LAME-encoded MP3s. Unless you need the MP3 format, that is...

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    Desolate One
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    I will definitely look into AAC for encoding, but I still feel RAM may be the best choice for the moment... then again I'm doing everything I want on 256 at the moment.... HMmmm base station?

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