Avast Thar Mateys,
In me never ending quest for knowledge, I visited me local Apple store yesterday. I know that certain Windows based PCs are using the new quad core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs. I had heard that Mac was also going to start using those chips as well and that they were supposed to be released this week. The nice young wench at the Apple store had not heard about this, although she determined that the iMac had the option of upgrading to an i7. However the iMac (as impressive as it is), is not exactly portable and the macbook pro does not have the option for the newer chip. The Admiral would never approve the acquisition of a macbook pro using older technology, when for 1/4 of the price I can get a new HP that has an i5 with a 500 Gb, 7200 rpm hard drive and 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and a host of other features. So it appears that HP it is, although HP only has a firewire 400 port. I suspect I can get a third party expansion card with a firewire 800 port, although from what I am reading eSATA is faster.
Now that the choice of laptop is made, the next question is this. My intent is to remove all extraneous software from that machine (such as Microsoft Works) and only keep what is essential to run BFD2 and internet (for registraion and update purposes). Given that the new PC has a 7200 rpm, 500 Gb hard drive, should I still add an external HD as well, or should I run the entire mess inside the box? Also, during setup, should I choose "edrummer" or "midi controller"?
Fair Winds and Following Seas,