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How Apple's MacBook Air Changed My Life

Updated on December 1, 2014
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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.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: I'm not sure I fully understand your question, but I can answer two ways. First, there is a well-developed PC to Mac app that is offered with every new Mac. Secondly, transferring photos from a camera to a Mac is a simple USB connection between camera and Mac. You can go to Apple's free iPhoto, which I love, or to Photoshop. The transfer is simple and routine, done many thousands of times as PC users upgrade to the Mac OS.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Well Dave, you've almost convinced me after decades of using PCs to switch to Macbook Air. The big question? How do I transfer - if possible - photos from camera to Mac Air to a desktop PC?

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      Danny Gibson 3 years ago from Northampton

      This isn't just a review of Apple's Macbook Air, it's a lesson on how to write a review! I'm not an Apple boy, period, but I have just begun my Squidoo life and reviewing things will (hopefully) account for part of my existence here. Reading this makes me want to pack in now and run for my life, on the other hand it inspires me to work harder at what I write!"and I want it cooperate in the act of creating new content" - should there be a "to" in there?

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @Dressage Husband: Comparisons are tough to make fairly, Stephen, and usually, they are slanted to fit the argument. For my money, given the free software that ships with a Mac, any Mac blows away a comparable PC. Consider not just iTunes, but a full office suite, iPhoto for collecting and editing photos and a robust movie editing app and its just no contest.For strictly business purposes, the story is different. When I worked in sales, I toted my iBook around with me, but when it came to contact management, I had to switch to my company PC because there was nothing good enough for Macs. Accounting software is another major issue. That said, its clear that there will be best choices for different purposes. PCs will stay embedded for a couple of reasons. First, its momentum. Businesses haven't a big enough incentive to change in most cases, considering training and business software in use. Another not ofter observed reason is that the networks are run primarily on Microsoft and Unix software. Why introduce another OS that will never replace the server farms current one?

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think I will start a war as I actually feel that a top end PC still outperforms an Apple price for price. Then I have lived in many smaller communities and Apple's ridiculous policy of only having so many dealers in an area results in a total lack of support for when they do go wrong. They do go wrong and are not as robust as everyone seems to claim in the same way that Honda's are actually more reliable than BMW's (those having spent more money are always in denial).This explains why most corporations still back pc's. If you want real value and performance then a $1,000 PC laptop by Asus or Sony can be just as stylish and light and even thin. They will even outperform Mac's in speed tests (Intel i7 machines often can). As to the solid state drive they can be found in PC's too the reason most do not use them is that the search has to be contiguous so on larger drives they are actually slower than the spinning version (Until new technology arrives).Having stated the above if you love your Mac then by all means keep doing so, but I know which machine is easier to service and get software and support for. It is not the Mac, sorry folks!I did appreciate a very well crafted lens though and it was well worth the LOTD it received, well done!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Wednesday-Elf: I bet she would. Its fast, perfectly portable. (I actually went out with it in a brown office envelope to see how real the commercials were.) You can't beat it. By the way, David Hockney, who your daughter is certainly familiar with, creates on an iPad, which is basically this machine without the keyboard and storage. I hope she gets one.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love my Mac! The air will be the next one. Very good review--thanks!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My daughter is an artist and has always sworn by the Mac. Bet she'd like this one.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Merrci: Yep, Merrci, I was very happy when I turned that corner a few months ago. You will be too.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @KandH: Good. Im glad you liked it, KandH. Thanks.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Great recommendation!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @DreyaB: Absolutely the best option for going mobile, and now, I didn't know you or anyone else lived in a cave. Where do you plug in your charger?

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      Never used any Apple products before (did you know I lived in a cave ;0) ?) but maybe I should look at something like this the next time I need a new machine. You've given us a great review and certainly something to think about.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @LizMac60: Apple actually has a pretty regular schedule for category updates, if you're following. The new OS will be out soon, which should be interesting. How do you make a great OS better?

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Quite impossible to keep up with new technology. Enjoy this one till the next improvement.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @LaidBackGuy: Dust off that credit card, dude, and do yourself a favor.

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      LaidBackGuy 4 years ago

      I don't have one. I definitely want one!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the price is the only factor i don't own one..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @rob-hemphill: nice

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      mina009 4 years ago

      My brother is a big fan of Macs. I haven't let myself get infected yet due to the price. Who knows in the future..

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @mineoptra: Will leave a light on for you.

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      mineoptra 4 years ago

      will back to you soon

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @RinchenChodron: By the time you're ready to buy, it will only be better. Apple just keeps improving its products, great as they already are. Thanks.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I can tell you really do love it! Maybe for my next computer. Time will tell.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @bobnolley lm: A dollar well spent, Bob. Thanks. I'm glad you appreciated it.

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      bobnolley lm 4 years ago

      You have made me want to crawl back over the fence again with the last dollar I have to the Mac side of things.. a great lens! Thanks!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @tmsmith19: Don't be shy, now, tmsmith19, make your dreams come true.

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      tmsmith19 4 years ago

      I LOVE Apple products! I dream of the day I can get a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Can't argue with that choice. Either way, you win. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was going to get a Mac Air, but next to it was the new MacBook Pro. Air did not have an HDMI port.So I got the MacBook Pro. We are very happy together.

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      Daiven 4 years ago

      i use laptop working everyday, if left it, i do not know how to continue my work, today, i also read one report that said there is 15% American never use network, may be they are really on nature life

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @rob-hemphill: Thanks, Rob, and congratulations on saving yourself.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      I've only just converted to an Apple Macbook Pro 13" and love it's speed and lack of clutter. After over 20 years with PC's, it wasn't until two of my graphic designer children said I was mad persisting with the bloated Windows OS (XP was ok), and as I do a lot in Photoshop I reckon I've done the right thing. Thanks for this great review and it's very worthy of LOTD, well done!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Pat Goltz: At least, it isn't Windows. Thanks.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I am satisfied with my netbook, but I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @lynnegirl1: I wish I'd got to it as early as you did. Better late than never, though. Great machine, even better now.

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      lynnegirl1 4 years ago

      The MacBook Air is fantastic. I got mine in 2011 and (hopefully) will never go back to a heavier or slower laptop. Cheers!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @esmonaco: Cool. You'll be happy with it is an Air is your choice.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @MrAusAdventure: It really is pretty amazing, and you've illustrated it very well.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'll be in the market for an upgrade soon, funny I never thought of Apple Macbook till now. thaks for this great review

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD Dave, the new format looks good. Great review too, I am using a 13" Macbook Pro as I type this and love the product. It is so small and light, I was able to easily store it on the back of my motorbike for my 5200km ride (see my Lens), editing and uploading video footage and photos from the trip as I went. And with the SSD I had no worries about the jolting and bumping that the mac was going to get along the way. :-)

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @anonymous: Thank you, Tom. Appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All in it is nice and great as visit and want to appreciate you.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Thanks. My sentiments exactly. I found the perfect machine for what I do.

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      I agree... MacBook Air is best computer for everyday use. What I like about it is that it is thin, light, and durable. I can take it everywhere I go. Also it is powerful enough to do everything I need. Congrats on LOTD!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: My first computer, as such, at about that time amounted to running Tandy Basic from Radio Shack on a tape drive connected to my TV. It didn't do what I was told it would do, but I learned simple programming and was able to put together project bids in just a few minutes from simple stats. My first Mac, my first real computer, arrived in '97, an Apple because my wife needed to use PhotoShop.Then began the learning curve on the road to computer joy.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: I never had such luck, but what I used to do is plant my iBook down next to the company supplied cyclops and do my work freely. When I had no choice but to use the Wintel thing, it was right there. I could go in an get back out fast without injury to my pride or ingenuity.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @David Stone1: I think I was using a Commodore 64 computer back in '82. Remember them? Got my first Apple in '85. Remember those little suitcase-like Macs with the little handles on top?

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @David Stone1: Yes, Dave, I do remember. I was the Lone Ranger for years (in PC-crazed organizations). I had to literally beg for a Mac in order to do my creative work. It was a relief to finally join a Chicago workplace that was powered, across the board, by Macs. Hallelujah. They really got it (and I was far more productive because of their Apple-friendly vision and willingness to gear me up with industry-leading technology).

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @AngelDey: You nailed it, AngelDey. This is why iTunes and iPods made it so easy to bring new people to the Mac. Once you see the superior quality of the product it's hard to go back.This reminded me of Steve Jobs comment after Apple ported iTunes to Windows. He was asked how it felt to provide software for windows. Jobs said, "Like giving ice cubes to people in hell."

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      AngelDey 4 years ago

      I now know for certain the price is worth it! I bought my son a PC with Windows 8 on it to save money and I already want to throw it out the window and shoot it several times. I've always had Mac and now there is nothing on this planet that would make me use a PC ever again. The thing doesn't come ready to go like a Mac and that drove me insane. One thing you said in your review above is you didn't want to know how incredible it was and that hit a chord with me. Having to download & install a bunch of stuff for the PC (java for heaven's sake) that comes already loaded on a Mac was maddening. Having to find out about its internal organs to see if it will run a certain game or program was too much for me. Why can't it just work like a Mac does. I don't know what's inside my Mac, I just know it does what I tell it to do. I have been curious about the Airs because I would love to leave my house and work. I am a graphic artist so I need about 5 Adobe products running at once. I'm pretty certain the Air can handle that. I KNOW any PC won't be able to handle that.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Peterpanther: Thanks, Peter. I didn't set up a poll because the module's a little funky, but it might be good to have a neutral page to vote on. I assume most of my readers are going to click "Mac" and yours "PC."

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks. I still can't believe how the new format releases creativity.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      @David Stone1: LOLCool. Good answer.

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      Peterpanther 4 years ago

      I think people are either a Mac user or PC user. See my Lens on the Asus notebook (laptop with Windows 8) I recently purchased and complete my poll, on which one of the above you prefer, PC or Mac?

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Visiting again David, to congratulate you on your superb lens and earning Lens of the Day! Well done!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @KarenHC: Thanks, kajohu, for making a point of the Air's amazing versatility.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @sybil watson: Exactly how I feel about minute specifications, Sybil. I just like to know how something does its job. The stats are for the techie crowd, which is a group way smarter than me.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @SBPI Inc: Sure, Jonathan. I should add that Sting's recorded take off on the subject always appealed to me. When prying eyes found out all they could, Sting sang, "You still know nothing about me."

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      I love my MacBook Air too -- I have my regular iMac desktop...upstairs, which is fine, but my MacBook Air sits down in the dining room, and we use it to quickly check on weather, mail, FB, recipes, questions we want answered, and we listen to music on it. Congrats on LOTD!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Congratulation on your LOTD! This is a wonderful review - it's very personal and interesting without being bogged down by minute specifications.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      @David Stone1: I Agree DavidThere are just some things I do not like and intrusions on personal liberties is very high on my list.There is nothing that I need to hide or fear but I believe that personal should remain personal and private.I also believe in Peace and the rule of law including our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our freedoms are incrementally being disregarded or eliminated and if we were to trend out graphically the factual events we can easily see the direction in which we have been moving as a country and as people.Thank you for your response

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @fifta: Thank you, fpuspita. Apple has gone a long way to improve the durability of the Air. Even as the legendary klutz that I am, I haven't been able to break one.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks, getmoreinfo. I'm glad I could help.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @SteveKaye: 1982? Steve you beat me to it by a lot. I didn't even own my first word processor then.Thanks.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @SBPI Inc: Hi, Jonathan. Thanks.It seems clear that if our government, a foreign one or a sneaky corporation wants to get information, they have the wherewithal to get it. All the firewalls and identity software won't be enough. But for most of us, the danger is overblown. What are they going to steal? My poetry? If they can make money off it, more power to them. I can't. People generate a lot of income by using fear as a tool, but really, what are we hiding that they want so much. Dozens of companies already have our credit card numbers, SS numbers and information on our personal preferences. Why knock themselves out for it when it's all for sale? As for spying, nobody has to turn over any rocks to find out that I'm a peace freak with deep roots in the Sixties counterculture. How about you? Suppose you stored some things on the cloud, as I do? Is there really so much with which they can harm you in any way?

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      fifta 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. What a great review of MacBook Air. I always thought that lightweight PC is not 'tough' enough. But your article proved me wrong.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and I learned some new things about the apple macbook that I was not aware of, great review.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD with the new product recommendation format. That's really cool. And as someone who has been an Apple customer since 1982, I'm pleased to read a review of the Macbook Air.

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Hi David, great lens and the related cost of the technological ability seems extraordinarily reasonable. I do have a concern relative to the cloud privacy (seeing that now it is quite obvious that our Gov. is looking at everything) Writings and copyrights being quite important, especially as a business, how and what protections assured and are you using the 'cloud' for other personal information. I also have the ability in windows 8 to utilize the service but have stayed away from it for those concern. Would really appreciate your thoughts, especially considering your technological background. Thanks in advance and for another terrific lens. Really love your style.Friend Jonathan

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: Funny, Diana. You probably remember when we Mac users were considered freaks, addicted to a dying product line. He who laughs last... gets to make a note of it on his Air.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @TheWritingnag: Thanks, Writingnag. I haven't done a lot of product reviews in the past, but the new format has got me started. It's a brilliantly conceived tool that helps me write things like this.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @NausetViews: NausetViews, the price difference is not as great as you think when you consider all the free software that comes with a Mac and how versatile that software is. Compared apples for apples, I think the price difference is pretty small, maybe even in Mac's favor. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Faye Rutledge: partybuzz, I was once where your son is. Now, I'm here with the Air. He'll be happy when the big event happens.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Joanna14: Thanks, mutter. The new format seems much freer to me. I always have liked Squidoos standard format, but for reviews, these are just the right size and easy to use.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @writerkath: There are so minor differences, but no serious learning curve. And Apple offers free classes. Apple steps far ahead with a free office suite, iPhoto, iMovie and iTunes. Add the sturdy, Unix-based OS to the lightest, fastest laptop on Earth, the choice is not difficult. If you have an Apple Store nearby, try one out, but buy online because that's always cheaper.Thanks.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      You know you've hit a home run when a product review earns Lens of the Day. I knew this one was outta the ball park when I first read it. Hope you are taking your victory lap around the bases. And the fans are on their feet cheering. (Well, one or two might still be busy ordering peanuts... er, I mean PCs.)

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      Writing Nag 4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I'm sold, Congrats! I always enjoy your writing, a great example of a professional product review. Sign me up!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      I keep wrestling with myself about converting to a Mac. I know that it's so much better than a PC in many ways. I know that they are more expensive than a PC, but the hassles it prevents and the time it saves one when working are well worth the cost I think. I'm just waiting for my PC to need a replacement :)

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      My son loves a Mac and would want one of these! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      You have done a great job Dave- well deserved LOTD! Who would have thought you could convince so many of us in such a convincing, yet gentle manner! Well written- and yes- think I might try this new look lens!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Good morning Dave! First off, Congratulations on your LOTD! I was so pleased to see your writing featured. Ok. I have apple envy now. The idea of nothing crashing...nothing stalling... oh my. Can hardly imagine it. I'm still using a PC and "ordinary" laptop - I've always been too "frightened" of change when it comes to learning a new type of system. Plus, I've always heard somewhere in the background "oh... this or that or the other thing doesn't work the same on a Mac." Not sure where I get those ideas. But you are getting me close to convinced about trying a Mac. Anyway, excellent writing and presentation (as usual!)!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Susan300: Thank you, Susan. The ultra-light, quiet machine at the end of my fingertips at this very moment suggests you join the club of happy Air Heads.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Susan Zutautas: Thanks. Wish lists are so much easier to make than fulfill. I never write any like that down. It makes it too hard to deny it when necessary for sanity to resume.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @aesta1: Good for you, aesta1. I've always found David Pogue's books about Apple products very helpful. He probably saved my first Mac from an ignominious end littered with crashes and SCSI corruption.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @favored: If you write enough, favored1, the odds turn heavy in your favor. It's like an athletes lifestyle. The more you do, the better it gets because it's too hard to continue otherwise.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @HappyTom LM: My best buy since in a Datsun way back in the '80s. I may never be this satisfied again.Thanks for visiting, HappyCoaster.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @girlfriendfactory: Thanks, girlfriend factory. Sorry about those 2 years of Wintel pain. I hope the scars aren't deep. Any organization that had Steve Jobs as its DNA will need time to find its way out of the wilderness. This is his handpicked team; so, hope abounds.

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      Susan300 4 years ago

      I can feel the love! :) Total air of authority on this review as your genuine experience shines through. You've got me seriously considering one of these. Congrats on LoTD; it's well-deserved!! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's on my wishlist. Just have to get busy printing up the wishlists and distributing them :) Congrats on your lens being chosen as LOTD!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have now moved to Mac and still getting to know how to use it. I am sure I will love it, too.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on making the lens of the day and having another article on the front page. Seems you're doing something right :)

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Probably the best thing I ever bought too :) I love my MacBook Air too. Great lens, very nice done!

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      Great review, Dave! Glad you found what you liked! I've been a Mac gal since 1986 and only had one PC for about 2 years (longest 2 years of my life, too)! Unfortunately I am seeing degradation in product lines since Steve Jobs passed, but I expected that to happen. I hope they get back on track! Well done!

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      @David Stone1: That could be one of your problems. NEVER put your MacBook on a pillow ~ it holds the heat in. The geniuses at Apple will tell you to always keep it on a flat, hard surface so it vents properly. I have no issues with mine except when it charges but that's just a recent thing and they're actually replacing mine for a new one since I seem to have one made in a batch that's had issues.Unfortunately I do graphics on mine though and an Air would never keep up...I have a 2.6 GHz quad-core processor, 8 gigs of memory and a 750 gig HD just to keep it from jamming up on me. Plus I have a 15" screen because I dropped down from a 27" iMac ~ though my son's 13" isn't bad either.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: Well, I can't resist a straight line, Diana. I couldn't just let it sit there.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @David Stone1: Oh, you are clever... "undercover operation." I appreciate a quick wit.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: An "undercover operation?" It would have to be.Thanks for the chuckle.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      @David Stone1: Good to know. Definitely enough MacBook heat to end any overpopulation issues in the world. Hey, maybe Apple should market that. Hmm... perhaps they've already thought of that. Could be an undercover operation. Ya think? ;-)

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you.I had the same heat problem with my now departed MacBook. I always kept a pillow between it and any vital organs. So, it's with great pleasure that I can tell you that the Air is cool. The batteries never get hot or threaten to end any chance of fathering children. The main reason probably is that with the solid state hard drive, the battery doesn't have to keep a disk spinning 10,000 times a minute. The solid state sits quietly, giving and receiving without a spin, like a reformed politician. It's super quiet too.I do hope you have one in your near future. You won't be sorry.