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My Staggeringly Good Friend
on 19 May 2013
For years I'd suffered the poisoned thorns sticking in my flesh that was MS Windows. Every few blinking months a new upgrade needed. Every app cost £60-£100 in the first place -I hunted for cheapo half baked apps. Hesitations or long long hold ups all the time -what is it now ? Every Help file completely useless and only ever available online. Filenames and extensions were important. But I thought they're not -my thought process and my output is. Why am I interrupted by nonsense ?
So I moved to where computing isn't computing anymore -it's getting on with my life. It's fun. My friend is seamlessly integrated. Defaults are thought through. Example: tonight I hadn't got the right printer driver for my soggy old deskjet printer -no problem I just plugged in its USB then hit search for updates. Then hit print -it worked that well. In that amount of time it's taken me to tell you now I was printing -15seconds. Simples ?
Being with my friend makes sitting down fun again. Not just silly internet -anyone can do that. I shoot a lot of video for my clubs. iMovie is just one of the many free built in apps. It makes stitching together all types of video, stills, sound, voiceovers, graphics, titles and natty transitions a breeze. All in 1080HD. Sure when I Export it works the processors hard, sure the back panel gets very warm, but I can be doing something else it doesn't lock up the whole machine.
I was stupid I wanted to run a few of my dodgy old Windows apps. I got Parallels -they make huge boasts. And surprisingly Windows ran 5 times faster than in it's native environment. Really complex games ran perfectly. Wo.
This is the second Apple based friend I've had. OSX is based on Unix so I've never had any virus protection on any Apple product my family have ever owned. Have I ever had the slightest twinge. No, not anything other than the odd pop-up box built into the odd site. They can't cause problems so I don't worry. It's a pleasure to just get on with my life. This new way of swiping means the screen area is just 17" because it can be gestured to be many many screens. The finger pad isn't just a mouse pad it's many programmable useful functions -how does it know you've got four fingers on it ? Wo.
One tip: If you buy a Mac buy Apple TV it's brilliant and only £79. It's all singing and dancing and buffers all my homegrown HD movies for when my friends come round. Wo.
No, I don't work for, or have shares in, Apple. No, I don't like the Big Brother in big companies. But if you think Apple are the only ones who know a fair bit about you then wise up because at least they tell you. There's not a company on the planet who aren't using "data" to find a way to target you and me as much as they can. And if you think old Billy Boy in Redmond WA doesn't have info a mile long on you and your family then you must be in such bliss !
Certainly Amazon know plenty about me which is why this pop-up came and grabbed me and your reading the musings of someone happy as Larry knowing I can confidently do almost any text or media based thingy with my little friends help. I bought and I'll never need to look back. It was a no-brainer.