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The fastest Mac I've ever owned — no blarney. A refurbished iMac is now sitting on my desk + iPad + ClamCase and — the ultimate blogging tools!

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The fastest computer I have ever owned, which is no blarney. A brand spanking refurbished iMac is now sitting on my desk and I’m set up for at least the next five years — quad-core 2.5GHz, 12GB RAM, fast graphics card with 512MB and plenty of other awesome.

Earlier this year, fate brought me a refurbished iPad 3 + ZAGGFolio case with keyboard. While the ZAGG gave its life to save the iPad, the iPad + keyboard case concept has worked out very, very well for me.

In addition to better more reliable wi-fi reception, the iPad 3′s Retina display is really nice and pretty much everything but the iPad 4 looks janky by comparison. Further, webpages snap into place and gaming performance is greatly improved — a big refurbished value at $359.

Blogging Tools: Desktop

2.5GHz iMac w/ 21-inch — 12GB, 500GB, 12X SuperDrive, Radeon HD 6570M w/ 512MB
Apple Memory Module 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 (PC3-10600) – 2x4GB, $62.99 (Prime)
HDE Mini DisplayPort to VGA Female Adaptor for MacTM, $9.25 (Prime)
— Dell 1702FP 17 inch LCD Computer Monitor Screen AC DVI, $12 used on Amazon

Apple Keyboard w/ Numeric Keypad (wired)
— This is the best keyboard I’ve owned since the ’90s.

Apple Magic Trackpad
Magic Trackpad completes OS X Lion (Amazon, $68)
— Don’t throw away batteries — Duracell Value Charger With 4AA Pre Charged Rechargeable Nimh Batteries, CEF14DX4

(1) Neptune 500GB external enclosure

Airport Extreme Base Station ($99 refurbished)
— What a huge difference this dual-band router/hub has made, extending wi-fi to the entire house and spreading it well out into the yard. Chances are whatever you’re using now isn’t as good, but shop around for the best deal.
— My previous router/hub was a D-Link DI-524, which was often flaky and offered rather limited range.

Cables To Go 7-Port USB 2.0 Aluminum Hub
— Finally enough (powered) ports and stylish, too!

Blogging Tools: Mobile

The fastest Mac I've ever owned — no blarney. A refurbished iMac is now sitting on my desk + iPad + ClamCase and — the ultimate blogging tools!
16GB iPad 3 w/ Wi-Fi, $359 (12/12)
— This mobile wonder replaced my 2010 iPad which replaced an Early 2008 MacBook.
My Christmas iPad: One buyer’s guide to value

ClamCase iPad 2 / 3 / 4 Keyboard Case, $149 (Prime)
— A little heavy, but very tough
— A superior blogging tool with some rough edges

JVC Marshmallow In-Ear Headphones, Black
— The best “cheap” ($10) in-ear phones I’ve used to date.

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