A cold day in hell


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Today I went to the huge Apple store in Covent Garden and bought a 13” Macbook Pro. Those who have heard me talk about Apple will perhaps be surprised at my decision. For the past few years I have been very anti-Apple, arguing tooth and nail against friends and acquaintances who have tried to convince me that Macbooks and iPhones are the future. I think I put up a good fight, but ultimately I surprised even myself today by shelling out close to a grand for something that on Friday I had no intention of buying.

It wasn't exactly an impulse buy, but it was close to one. I had become so fed up of the grief my Lenovo Thinkpad had been giving me. I was sick of malware and viruses lurking in the background and I'd had enough of downloading programme after programme to deal with them. I could no longer stand the non-stop bubbles and balloons that kept popping up to ask me if everything was OK and see if I really wanted to use the programme I had clicked to open. I was tired of things going wrong. My CD burner had died, my soundcard was dodgy, I couldn't drag, drop, copy or paste anything at all, and everything just seemed to be breaking down. It had been like this for a few months.

Undoubtedly my computer ended up in this state through my own actions. I also know I could have had the problems fixed, but the laptop is two years old and it wasn't as fast as it used to be, so I figured rather than be messing around while trying to finish my master's, I would buy a Mac.

The idea only really came to me on Sunday. I wanted a fast machine, that didn't need anti-virus software, and that I could use to edit photos and videos when the urge arose. I didn't shop around and I didn't really need to be convinced, which was odd considering I usually make snide comments about Mac users. Indeed, the “walk of shame” home while carrying the flashy Mac bag saw me keeping my head down. I actually felt embarrassed and hurried through the gates at my uni accommodation so that nobody saw me.

I don't know if I made a wise move. The money isn't really the issue; the issue is the computer and how it performs. Thus far it's been very good. The multi-touch trackpad is awesome. Programmes run quickly. I have Open Office running and all my usual chat clients. I'm unsure about iPhoto and so I've downloaded ACDSee.

The Macbook Pro has just two USB ports, which is a bit of a bind, but it does have a card reader. It's also not that glaring white that has come to symbolize the Apple fanboys. I'm not a convert yet, but I like trying new things and I figured I didn't really have anything to lose.

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