What’s a poor MacBook Pro user to do?
My first computer purchase was a Macintosh Plus and a Laserwriter Plus, bought in early 1986. I actually wanted to buy the computer a few months earlier in late 1985, but I was told by the distributor in Singapore, to wait for the Macintosh Plus and the Laserwriter Plus to be released.
Within what now seems a very short period of time, that original Mac Plus turned into a very full and busy graphics production house and high end laser imaging service bureau, with a rotating supply of around twenty Macintoshes, of all shapes and sizes, connected to various odd monitors, projectors, and output devices.
I always kept a photo studio in house and took outside assignments though, so I was desperate to own a Mac that I could take out on the road with me. In late 1989 I tested the Macintosh Portable (which looked more like a portable sewing machine, when being carried), but there were already smaller PCs out so I waited.
When the PowerBook 100 came out it was a very big change for those of us that wanted to use a Mac but also work while we were out on the road. The portable Mac did not become a replacement for the desktop Macs though, until the PowerBook G3 Series came out in 1998. I have to say that I fell in love with that computer and it changed my life, once again. I was finally able to travel and carry my office with me, no matter where I had to go.
There have been others since then, most notably the PowerBook G4 17-inch, which came out in 2003. This portable computer was a monster but it did not require you to look for a second monitor, even when giving small group presentations.
There was short period of time though when I started lusting after something smaller again and even bought a Samsung Netbook (only for remote location work) but I would transfer all files to the Mac as soon as I got back home.
Which brings us to the point of this post. In late 2010 I purchased a 13-inch MacBook Pro while based out of Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2011 I traveled to Seattle, Washington and spent a few years there, using a 24-inch DVI/HDMI monitor alternately on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and a MacMini that I had acquired for a client.
In 2013 I traveled back to Asia spending time in both Northern and Central Thailand. At this point I have started to become serious about using the bicycle as my main mode of transportation. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a pretty good companion on a bicycle, and tough enough to take the roads of South East Asia.
In 2014 I am back in Siem Reap, Cambodia, still with the same 13-inch MacBook Pro, this time I purchase a used 24-inch DVI Dell monitor and attach that