How Apple's MacBook Air Changed My Life
I like Apple's own tools for docs and spreadsheets, but you may be more familiar and comfortable with Microsoft's ubiquitous Office Suite. You'll definitely need something.
My Long Journey To The MacBook Air
The problem is simple. Until Apple's MacBook Air, no computer was fast enough or agile enough.
Always in a hurry, I had to slow down or wait to let the equipment catch up with my ideas and inspirations.
I'll spare you the painful stories of when employers tied me to desks with those dreadful PCs looking at me with blank, soulless stares.
My Macs went from Power Computing's user-centric clones to various iterations of the iMac, starting with the one that looked more like a toy than a power tool, and on to a couple of iBooks. As a business road warrior, book writer and research hound, I got closer with my Apple laptops, but not close enough to keep me from routinely bottling up ideas while waiting for the grinding of processors and buffering of hot spots to work themselves out.
The new MacBook Air changed my life. In fact, it even moved ahead of me on a daily basis.
You remember how you had to wait, after flipping up your laptop's lid, for your email to come in? No more. A miracle has happened. The Air actually gets your email while it (and probably you) sleeps. All those repins and Squidoo comments from the West Coast are waiting for me when my properly fed cats allow me to grab a coffee and get to work.
Even More Apple Magic With The Air
Look, all computers do the same things. It's just that some do them so much better. Some keep up, some don't. The MacBook Air more than keeps up.
What do I want a computer to do? I want it to be my tool, to give me answers and access, to let me communicate across the internet with ease, and I want it to cooperate in the act of creating new content.
To some degree, they all do that. But, I also want it to be fast, elegant, friendly and easy to handle, pretty much what I want from any complicated product. Oh, that reminds me - I don't want to notice how truly complicated the whole thing is.
Start with Apple's operating system. In front of all the gears, wires and widgets, the Mac OS is what I'm working with, and it sets the stage by combining power and ease of use to give me a comfort zone that suits my kicked back, mindful lifestyle.
I never feel like it's the enemy. It never freezes. It never tells me it can't do something. It's magic.
When I built my business in the computer networking and tech service community, extending my physical territory was crucial. My ability to close bigger deals correlated closely with the ease with which I was able to meet customers face to face.
(Try to sell someone a six figure package against competition without eye-contact sometime.)
My Apple iBooks helped keep me mobile, helping me write notes I could actually read and allowing me access to emails and more when I settled into hot spots between meetings. But although more mobile than a desktop, they were tough to lug around, in a backpack or a briefcase, on subways and in cars, and I was always worried about the physical beatings they took in transit.
Enter the MacBook Air. It really is as light as they say. I've honestly took it out on a journalism assignment in a regular office envelope.
It's solid metal design makes it seem far less vulnerable than the plastic cases I was used to. It's solid state hard drive (It doesn't spin!) means I never have to worry about whether it'll get back up to speed after being bounced around on a subway train.
And speaking about that solid state drive - the biggest thing about the Air is speed. It's so omigod fast I've found myself startled sometimes that, in combination with my fiber optic home network, it has refreshed a page without my seeing it happen.
(It does pretty good with other connection options, including fighting for bandwidth among lonely Gen Xers in crowded Starbucks.)
What Are You Waiting For? Get A MacBook Air!
Oh, yeah. You'd like to see some product specifications. After a decade of selling computers, servers, firewalls, routers and the service to support them all, I have less respect for any products details, but while I consider performance more important than anything else in a product, you might feel differently.
Rather than burden everyone with details that may be more or less than they need, I'll give you this link to an objective overview and specifications for the MacBook Air.
Finally, I have a single guarantee for you about the Air: You will not be disappointed.
Macbook Air Options
The newest version is available at a great price, but you can also get the last version at a tremendous bargain.
This is the wondrous machine I own. In fact, I'm tapping this description out on it right now.
Your preference for personal computing...?
What do you think?
© 2013 David Stone