Saturday, July 4, 2009

DAY 19 Seven for Womankind

Posted by Mariel on Saturday, July 04, 2009
I realized the other day that my 12" iBook finally turned seven! If you remember I posted an entry here saying that when this happens, I'll throw a party. Well, I'm miles away from friends or anybody who will attend said shindig, but I'm thinking I'll simply keep this in mind during today's Fourth of July festivities at the park. I'm quite excited about the fireworks. In 2007 we saw some amazing ones out of town. Last year I got so busy in New York that the holiday barely registered a blip in my radar; or I probably just didn't have anywhere to go.

I've since February switched to my blue Acer Aspire One netbook. But that doesn't mean the iBook is a sitting paperweight, oh no. Whenever I look at it, I still think it's one of the most beautiful things ever made by Apple. It does need a new battery which is a hefty $120 for something that in the techworld is supposedly "vintage." In the seven years I've had my white iBook, it has only crashed twice or thrice. Only once I actually had to take it to a service center (see my post, No Ordinary Morning) and even then, it only needed to be reformatted, and I was still able to save my files and programs in the process. Cool, huh?

The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, New York.

The main reason why I never upgraded to a newer Mac, apart from the obvious sturdiness and reliability of the one I have, is that I never really liked the models that came out after mine (with the exception of the silver G4 iBooks and Powerbooks). The big drawback for me are the new chiclet keyboards—they're not 'crunchy' enough, for lack of a better term. And I keep thinking, how do you clean those things? Everyone I know covers them with a thin silicone pad that makes typing... well, less tactile of an experience. And in my line of work, those little things matter.

Anyway, I did briefly consider the Macbook Air, but surprisingly, the Acer Aspire One has quite a lot of impressive features that I don't see in the former. I am curious though about what's coming out next year at Apple. Just like how I've felt in the last seven years.


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