What’s with all the Macs?

I feel that people are buying Macs for the wrong reasons. Some friends who bought a Macbook Pro use it for their school homework and web surfing. Some others bought it because they ‘think’ it syncs, works and integrates better with their iPhone or iPod touch. And some others buy a Mac because they ‘know’ it doesn’t get viruses and malware that Windows PCs get. Go figure.

Most of those people I talk about aren’t tech savvy so whatever I hear from them from arguments goes in one ear and goes out the other. But at the same time it worries me what those Mac ads are doing to the public. Those ads are brain washing the public. But in the end it’s Apple’s most powerful and most expensive weapon: marketing. Everyone knows Apple is nothing without their marketing department. It’s what brings them profit. Whether if they’re pushing they’re patents and copyrights or brain washing the public. It’s all about making money in the end.

I am sticking with my Windows PC for a very long time. I just don’t see the reason to switch. It’s proven that whatever Macs do a Windows PC can do it too for a cheaper price. Plus programming for Windows is a walk in the park compared to the Mac OS X.

Blogging vs Twitter

I practiced twittering a lot during the past year that it sort of made me stop blogging. It was actually a combination of both Twitter’s short messages and the crippled blogging module in Windows Live Spaces that made twittering a better alternative to blogging. But no matter how many times you tweet, you still need a platform to write and post as much text as you want. That’s why blogging will never die.

I say that now mainly because I am back to blogging again and I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes you just need to sit back and spill whatever is lurking in your mind whether it made sense or not. Your head starts to feel much lighter after you hit the ‘Publish’ button.

Compaq Presario at repair shop

My main laptop has been out of order for quite a long time now. I opened it to clean it from the inside, put it back together, turned it on, I got an error message saying something isn’t connected properly and Windows won’t boot up.

Why are laptops still complicated? The task of opening up a laptop for a periodic cleaning shouldn’t be risky, time consuming or complicated or end up affecting the software (at least in my opinion).

So I sent it for repairs at a local laptop repair shop. It’s probably a disconnected hardware connector that I mistakenly took apart without noticing, even though I was extremely careful.

I hope they don’t charge me a premium for this. I wouldn’t have thought of repairing it if it wasn’t so important to me.

2 Best Buy Employees, 1 Question

So I went shopping for a new computer for a friend of mine. He was mainly looking for a gaming computer with oodles of storage. Of course I already picked the computer, video card and power supply from Best Buy’s website before we left, just to be prepared. I mean I really hate those people who just jump into their cars and go shopping for a computer before making any kind of research on what exactly they want.

Anyways, it turns out the computer I picked was of that slim kind that you can’t install a video card in. I have no idea why they didn’t mention that on Best Buy’s website, but, nevertheless, that’s not what pissed me off. So we looked around at whatever came as close as what we were looking for and we found one. But I had one question about it. There was an nVidia sticker on the PC which made me wonder if it had a separate video card installed or an integrated piece of crap that normally comes with, let’s see, ALL new PCs.

So I called one of the Best Buy employees over to help answer this one question of mine and he said, and I quote, “Yes. It has a separate video card.” I looked at the back of the PC and I didn’t see DVI ports coming from a video card but from the motherboard instead. So I asked him again, “Are you sure?”. And he replied confidently and with a smile, “Yes”.

I didn’t believe it. I mean the computer on display DIDN’T have a card! So I grabbed another employee and I asked him the same question and he too said “Yes”. So we bought the computer, went home, opened it up and there it was, the cleverly invisible video card sitting absolutely no where in the case.

Two Best Buy employees were WRONG! Not one, but two. That’s not just shameful, but embarrassing as well. Just because a computer has either an ATI or nVidia sticker on it doesn’t mean it has a separate video card installed. You don’t even need to Bing it or Google it, a simple look at the back of the PC would let you know and they didn’t even bother to look.

Microsoft should do this: Exchange plus Hotmail

I came across this article while surfing and it shared a similar idea that I had in mind for a while (I really should blog about whatever is on my mind before others do). The idea I had is to have the Exchange service added to Hotmail webmail as a service where users can subscribe to. Wouldn’t it be great for users (without a Windows Mobile smartphone) to have their contacts, calendar and email sync wirelessly to their smartphone? I know Nokia had to go through partnerships with Microsoft to add the Exchange service as well as the Windows Live Hotmail service to most of their high end smartphones. And iPhones has an option to add an Exchange email but no Hotmail option (even though Hotmail is the most widely used free webmail worldwide). And it’s not just an advantage to smartphones in general, but to your desktop too since there is numerous email clients that support Exchange.

Click here to read the article where the author (Pill Wainewright) describes the advantages in details of having Exchange plus Hotmail.

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