My Mac experience 2+ years later

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apple-logo.pngI can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since I purchased this 11″ Macbook Air. I enjoy it just as much (if not more) than I did the first time I booted it up. The hardware is still functional and each OS X helped improve my Mac experience whether it was through improved performance, battery life or functionality. The only thing that would convince me to upgrade would be a 12″ Macbook Air w/ Retina Display.

Succumb to Safari. It’s good for you.

One of the first applications that I installed on my Macbook Air in 2011 was Google Chrome. I didn’t even consider the possibility that it would be an power hungry monster that would drain my battery quicker and heat up my Macbook. I thought my Macbook was operating as intended.

It wasn’t until OS X Mavericks and the inclusion of the “Energy Impact” column in the Activity Monitor that I realized Google Chrome was the culprit. As soon as I switched to Safari, my Macbook Air now lasts up to an hour longer and it no longer heats up like it used to.

I still keep Chrome installed for edge cases but this little revelation helped me realize the importance of tight software and hardware integration. If I were on a Windows laptop, I’d consider the effects of battery life between Chrome and Internet Explorer as well.

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Checkpoint: Software & Hardware Edition

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It’s happening all the time but the last 48 hours stressed the importance of both hardware and software. The successful marriage of both produces successes and/or improves the experience for everyone whereas an imbalance could spell disaster and defeat. It’s not necessarily just a matter of technical support either — the business side of hardware and software has a significant impact as well.

Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.

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A Tablet, An Orb & A Jar of Jelly Beans

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Google I/O isn’t as exciting as an Apple event but there are still notable announcements and reveals to mull over.

Android 4.1 aka “Jelly Bean” has been described as Android all grown up and if Project Butter actually bears fruit, that would be an accurate assessment. The UI on Android has always been notoriously choppy. And every release since Froyo and Gingerbread, Google has been promising a silky smooth experience and have yet to actually deliver on those promises. I sincerely hope Google finally pulls it off with “Jelly Bean”.

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Checkpoint: iPad Apps Early 2012 Edition

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I want to take this long weekend opportunity to rundown some of my favorite iPad apps. These apps have become my go to apps that I believe no one should live without. I’ll start with some that would normally have an Apple made equivalent on the iPhone.

Clock

There is no clock app on the iPad. There isn’t even an alarm clock. I could set reminders, but that’s an inelegant workaround. The app I found to serve this very basic function was surprisingly elegant and for a limited time: free.

My Alarm Clock is a beautifully designed app with multiple clock faces, a built in weather widget and — most importantly — an alarm clock. It’s easy to set alarms and configure them with its built-in alarm chimes or songs from my music library.

Calculator

This was a baffling omission when I noticed this omission on the iPad. I searched for a free alternative and the one I gravitated towards was Calculator+. The reviews griped about calculation errors, but I have yet to encounter any. It works for me, it’s easy to use and it’s pleasing to the eye. The most basic functions are also free which is nice.

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