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Shane Says February 2, 2009

Posted by antimeme in Apple.
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Shane is the Customer Service rep I talked to at 1-800-MY APPLE. Shane told me the following things (we’ll find out if Shane told the truth soon enough):

  • I could not get the $49 iWork deal, since a refurbished model is technically not new. He gave me a small discount anyway – $65, rather than $79.
  • It was a Friday when I called. I asked if I should expect delivery the following Friday. Shane said it might be here as soon as Monday. “They are pretty fast, usually,” he said.
  • I did not need to order the $9.95 iLife Up-to-date package. He (i)thought(/i) iLife ’09 would be thrown into the box.
  • Shane charged me $63 for the wireless Mighty Mouse. I don’t know why. It lists for $69.
  • My refurbished nano came in a plain cardboard box – not the cool clear plastic box that new ones come in. Shane said that he thought they shipped the Air in the original black box. Same for the SuperDrive

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Macbook Air? Srsly? Are you nuts? February 2, 2009

Posted by antimeme in Apple, Switcher.
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So why am I switching, and why in heaven’s name, did I choose the slow, skimpy, underpowered, overpriced Air? I’ll answer the second question first, and save the switcher discussion for another time.

To answer the questions posed in the title: Yes. Seriously. Maybe. In that order. Let me freely admit right here that I coveted the Air for its sexiness. From the moment I heard Yael Naïm singing New Soul while that svelte beauty (the Air) was sensuously sliding from her skimpy manilla folder, I knew she had to be mine. But I didn’t buy it because of that. I bought it because it was the least expensive Mac that met all of my needs. All of the things that it has been critisized for not having were things that I didn’t need. It was a perfect fit. 

It’s called a ‘laptop’ for a reason.
I don’t know whether I am ADD, OCD, ADHD, or just flighty, but I have the attention span of a gnat. The prospect of sitting at the same desk for eight hours a day is frankly  terrifying to me. I want to be able to wander out to the kitchen, the lanai, or the park and still be able to get something done. So carrying around a 17-inch Macbook Pro is completely out of the question. For me, a 13-inch screen is just about perfect. Big enough to see, even with my 50-year-old, been-wearing-glasses-since-I-was-five, eyes. Even the 15-inch Prois a little too big (and a LOT too expensive) for me. So my choices are easily limited to the regular Macbook and the Macbook Air. 

Choices
Just like buying a car, picking a computer is a very personal thing. You really have to decide what you are going to use the thing for BEFORE you can decide which one you want. I sat down and thought about what I wanted this new thing for. I thought about it for a LONG time. Probably ten minutes or more. (Remember what I said about gnats?). Here’s what I decided:

I need this laptop so I can be a code monkey. I need it so I can create lesson plans. I need the macbook so I can create presentations. I like to carry my laptop around, so I can work whenever the mood strikes me. I like to work at night. I have a pretty healthy iTunes library and I want to use the laptop to sync up my iPhone/iPod. I don’t want to play games or watch movies, and I don’t plan on taking any intercontinental flights. My budget is $1400 (USD), which seems to put me at ‘entry level’ for Apple, but well more than double what I spent on my last Windows laptop. 

So, I decided on a refurbished MacBook Air. With a wireless Mighty Mouse, SuperDrive and iWork ’09, the total cost is less than $1300. My second choice was the 2.4Ghz aluminum MacBook, because it also had an illuminated keyboard. But the refurb model was $1399 – and that was without the mouse and iWork. It’s funny how the one laptop I was lusting after turned out to be the best value for me as well. 🙂