Comments you leave on this blog are ALWAYS read, ALWAYS appreciated, and if a question is asked, I really want to answer it. The last post brought up a couple of things that need a response.
In a comment last post, Marrianna had this to say:
Jessica – would you write about your purchasing a new MacBookAire instead of a MacBook Pro. I sure would appreciate anything that was part of your decision for one laptop over the other.
And I have been asked before, so I will share how I made my latest decision.
Apple Maven that I am, I probably buy too much technology.
I have worked for the last five years on a MacBook Pro 15 inch laptop and I have loved that laptop. And it is still going strong. And it is heavy and awkward.
But you know how it is . . . older computers can’t deal well with the newer systems. Newer browsers and software versions don’t deal well with the older systems or software. So, you get caught between a rock and a hard place.
I can upgrade the system on my old Macbook Pro, but when I did that with my old MacMini desktop of the same generation,, everything slowed to a snail’s pace – even opening folders on the desktop.
I also have some very old and beloved software which would not stand a chance of running on Yosemite, El Capitan, or any other amazing California landmark.
So, I had to do something. I don’t want to slow to a snail’s pace.
I, myself, am not a spring chicken (which never really sounded like a good thing to be on the food chain anyway), and I want a whole new set of *conveniences* in my life.
In generations past, at my age, I would have donned an apron, dyed my curls blue (instead of back to my natural color), baked an apple pie, and looked for somebody to call me Grandma. However, that just doesn’t fit. AND, I never had kids, so the grandma thing was not hopeful.
Hillary Clinton is about my age and look what she is trying to do. I think about that every day. (PLEASE don’t take this as some kind of challenge for a political argument – it is a celebration of womankind and how we think about age in this day. AND, it is something to motivate the hell out of you if you are over 60). That being said, if I had her schedule, I would have crossed the rainbow bridge by now, not just be WALKING (running) around with pneumonia.
So, I am not going to buy the new magazines on the rack about iPad Training for Seniors, but I had big decisions to make about a new laptop.
I want CONVENIENCE (and light weight if possible).
My sister (10 years younger, but much wiser) has a MacBook Air and I have been watching her just “having it” at hand for awhile. It has a smaller display than I am used to (let’s not even talk about reading glasses) but it is so lightweight that you could lift it up to your nose if you had to.
I want to have my technology as easy and close by as my paintbrushes.
I want everything in one place so there is no effort when I want to talk to you, posting my thoughts and my art, and being one of the few online champions of women of wisdom.
You can read that as “women of age” if you want. The creative web is full of the 30 and 40 something moms with young kids looking for themselves, looking for their creative authenticity with all the poetic angst of such quests and such youth, and often, looking for those kids as well! We did that, we’ve been there, or we chose not to be there in the case of having children..
How I digress. I have a great love of the moment, of living stress-free – as much in a garden as possible – and so I bought a MacBook Air – and I love it.
It makes life easier.
And that’s a GOOD thing.