Olde Apple LogoNow that Leopard has been released, I’m going to order a new Macbook. Sorry PowerBook G4, you’ve served me well for many years, but its time for an upgrade.

As part of the upgrade, I took a quick inventory of the applications I use. In addition to the built-in apps such as Address Book, iCal, Mail and iTunes, there are several applications that have become necessities for me. When the new Mac shows up, I’ll be busy downloading and installing these popular applications:

Ruby on Rails is bundled with 10.5, so I don’t think there is much to do there–other than move my Rails projects. iTerm is nice when working on Rails, but it no longer seems necessary since Terminal is tabbed now.

I’ve been using Microsoft Office X since I’ve had the PowerBook and have very few complaints about it. So, I’ll probably stick with MS Office rather than spend the extra $79 on Apple’s iWork. I’m less positive about the other Microsoft product I use regularly, Virtual PC. There are one or two applications I need to run that have no Mac equivalent. Using Virtual PC has always been painfully slow for me. While Virtual PC will run better on a faster machine with more memory, Microsoft is no longer upgrading the product, so I think it is time to try something else. I’ll probably purchase Parallels or VMware Fusion as a replacement.

This list of applications was longer than expected and I’m sure I’ve missed a couple. I’ll update this post when I find out what those missing applications are. This will undoubtedly happen while I am franticly trying to complete a task on the new computer without the proper tool installed.

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