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To the Summit of White Mountain Peak

If you’re a cyclist, see my Trek to the Summit of White Mountain Peak article (multiple pages), which will be filled out with images upon my return.

Why not a MacBook Air?

I use my 2011 MacBook Pro for downloading photos when I travel. I’ve installed Mac OS X Lion on it, and so far, so good.

There are several reasons I take a full-speed laptop on such a trip, and not a Macbook Air. At the end of the day (night), I’m very tired from a dawn-to-dusk-and-night effort, and the last thing I want to do is screw with a sluggish machine.

  • No way for fast downloads from CompactFlash cards. Downloading 8GB via USB2 drains takes so long that it’s a hassle, and it also drains the battery. Firewire is nearly 3X as fast, so less hassle, lower battery drain.
  • Very slow backups via USB 2 (no Firewire 800). FW800 is 3-4X faster.
  • Reviewing images: 2 slower CPU cores make a quick review hopeless when it’s 10pm and getting cold, and the motel is my car or tent.
  • Shiny screen: I don’t need to see what’s behind me when I’m on the computer.
  • Tiny screen: too dang small on the MacBook Air. I want to be able to assess what I’ve got without consantly fighting for space with palettes, etc.

Ancient bristlecone pine on the way to White Mountain Peak
Ancient bristlecone pine on the way to White Mountain Peak

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