ScanSnap S1300i

Just received my ScanSnap S1300i today.  It took ten days for the order to reach me from Amazon USA. Not too bad! As I mentioned before at Officeworks the same scanner cost AUD$400, with postage from Amazon it only cost me $280!

I am very happy with the scanner. The one downside is the software comes on a CD. But most modern Macs do not have optical drives!
Fortunately you can download the software.

Other useful links:

Manual Downloads: ScanSnap S1300i

FAQ: ScanSnap S1300 / S1300i

Compatibility Status With OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion) ScanSnap S1300 / S1300i


Dual Monitors, not enough baby

On my new computer I have an AMD Radeon 6950 which support eyefinity. This is the ability to run 3 monitors (or more) as one virtual display.

In my case this means a display of 5040 x 1049. I have three monitors, all different,

Dell U2410 24” – 1920 x 1200
Samsung SyncMaster 24” – 1920 x 1080
Asus VW222 22” – 1920 x 1080

In an ideal world you would run the same brand model monitor. I would recommend 22” monitors b/c there is not much difference between a 22” and a 24” in terms of what you see, but the physical size of three 24” monitors on your desk is much larger.


My new MacBook Pro

I have just purchased the superseded model of the 15″ Macbook Pro. I am very happy with the purchase as I got around $700 of the price of the new unibody Macbook Pros.
In effect it was only $400 more then the top of the line Macbook.
But that is still a lot of money compared to a cheap PC laptop.

But is has a 512MB video card, enough to play Battlefield 2 on a Windows XP bootcamp partition.

And as you can see from the photo above when plugged into a 22″ monitor with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse it is an excellent due screen desktop replacement.