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My 2011 Setup

January 8th, 2011 · 1 min read

After installing the new Intel SSD, my good ol’ MacBook Black Early 2008 has become much faster. This surely achieved my dream setup (for now at least):

  • 22” ViewSonic VA2213w as the main display
  • 13” MacBook Black as the secondary display
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard & Magic Mouse to drive the machine
  • 2x2GB Crucial RAM to replace the default 2x1GB configuration
  • Intel X25-M 120GB to speed up the whole machine
  • Icy Box StuE-B HDD Enclosure w/ Firewire support to hold my old 250GB Hitachi HDD

I timed how long it took to perform various tasks and the results were amazing:

  • MacOS X 10.5.2 installation: 13 minutes
  • MacOS X 10.6.3 upgrade: 12 minutes
  • MacOS X 10.6.6 upgrade: 6 minutes
  • Xcode 3.2.5 w/ iOS SDK 4.2 installation: 10 minutes sharp

In contrast, it used to take me about 50 minutes each time I installed a new version of Xcode.

Verdict: If you have money to spare, an SSD is a worthwhile investment.