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Posted on Nov 13, 2012 in Dear Diary | 26 comments

Exciting Announcements

Hi there, amigos! I hope you all have had a great weekend/week so far. I had yesterday off from work in honor of our brave veterans, and today I have a couple of exciting pieces of news for you all!

So first off, I have some relatively exciting (day)job related stuff. Part of the reason I’ve been so busy, and not blogging as regularly/in as timely a manner lately (er, beyond the whole “I’m publishing a book thing“, hehe) is that I’m actually transitioning into a new position at work! I’m not 100% in my new job yet, I’m in kind of a dual-job limbo right now, but that means there’s a lot of running back and forth (my new position is in a different building a couple blocks away from my old one) and a lot of training and whatnot. Still, a lot of changes and things to keep me busy, which is kind of a good thing!

My second piece of news may actually be a little upsetting to some of you. See, for years now, I have been a devoted Apple fangirl. Early adopter of each new iPhone model I’ve been eligible for, I’ve also been in love with the Macbook I got my senior year of college (even after I accidentally cracked the glass display with the heel of my foot… oops), Apple has never let me down. And yet, this weekend, something happened…

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Whoops?

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Yep, I am now the proud owner of an Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook. 13.3″ screen, white and aluminum, and like, 3 pounds. Sa-weet.

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Complete with Windows 8, I tested this puppy out for the first time a week or so prior, and was immediately smitten. I thought I’d had my heart really set on getting a Macbook Air, as my old Macbook has been increasingly slow (and, you know, cracked…) but was going to wait a while before doing so. As it turns out, however, my old laptop had other intentions. Recently, the wifi stopped working on my laptop, so I knew it was time to start the replacement process.

Sean and I stopped in the Microsoft Store at Tysons a week or so ago, to check out their new Surface tablets. While we were there, I started looking at the new laptops, all fitted with Windows 8, and was seriously blown away. The new system is really intuitive, looks GREAT, and was just a lot of fun. Plus, the aesthetics of some of their new machines (especially my new Acer), really give Apple a run for its money. I know that for some of you, looks are the least important part of a computer, but c’mon, nobody’s immune to a really sleek-looking comp. We left the store that day and the cogs were already turning, trying to weigh what I already knew about Macbooks (sleek, fast, great design, reliable) with what I liked about the new PC Ultrabooks.

We went back to the store this past weekend to check them out some more, and after spending over an hour in the store (and watching a Windows 8 demo, etc), I knew what I wanted. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the best part!

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Yep, my new ultrabook has a TOUCHSCREEN. A super responsive and awesome one, too. They say that Windows 8 really was made for touchscreen, and I believe it. I love getting to scroll through things with a swipe of my hand, and it really feels seamless. That said, if you are considering getting Windows 8 installed on your non-touch computer, I’ve heard that it’s a fairly disappointing experience because all those buttons just scream “TOUCH ME!” (Um, in a non-sexual way, obvi.)

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I painted this WITH MY HANDS. Well, and with a ridicuslouly overpriced touchscreen paintbrush that I couldn’t NOT get. I mean, c’mon. I know I’m no fine artist, but dang it if touchscreen doesn’t make it fun to try.

So, there you have it. A couple of exciting snippets for you. Oh, I had a third one, too. Slightly less exciting to normal people, but to people like me who are obsessed with food, this one is a good’n. I’ve officially started testing out new Thanksgiving recipes, which means it is GOOD EATIN’ TIME in my casa.

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Last night’s dinner extraordinatire involved a new recipe for mashed potatoes that I’m trying out (I determined that my Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes recipe is still the reigning champ though).

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I paired the ‘taters with a side of maple and bacon brussels sprouts (amazeballs as always!).

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And a pork chop with a cinnamon apple and onion chutney (or something). Which was effing delicious.

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NOMs all around!

Are you a Mac or a PC? I like to think at this point, I’m a bit of both! I’ve got my PC desktop, my old Macbook, my new ultrabook, and my iPhone 5. Not to mention my brother has his PC dekstop, plus an 11-inch Macbook Air, plus an iPad (and an iPhone 5 as well). Our house is not only biracial, but bicomputersal as well.

Okay, that was lame. I’m done.

26 Comments

  1. I am a mac all the way but your new computer looks so cool!

    Congrats on the new job! I am so happy for you!

  2. I’m a PC but I’m not opposed to MAC. There’s nothing wrong with MAC, except its zealous fanbase and its absurd price point. Different strokes ;)

  3. I’ve been a mac girl since college, but your new computer looks pretty sweet! If it costs significantly less than the mac book then I could be easily swayed!

  4. I always thought Macs were the holy grail of computer-ing and when I was forced to use one as a journalism student in college, I thought they were the best machines on the market in terms of graphic design.

    Enter the year into the next decade and I start to think that PCs are totally giving Apple a run for their money. When we realized it was time to lay our old Dell laptop rest, I had visions of MacBook Pros dancing in my head … until I went to Best Buy. I’ve fallen in LOVE with some of the new PCs and have my eye on an HP.

    I think PCs just realized they needed to vastly improve if they want to keep up with the tablets and touchy-feely screens of today. I think PCs and Windows has finally rivaled Apple… and with the cost being so much less? How could you not just go PC! Sorry, Justin Long.

    • I agree, I think that the “stigma”, if you will, is just that Macs are better. Which, to be fair, has been true for a LONG time. But Microsoft really is finally starting to come into their own, IMO, and I think it’s going to shift the market big time. I mean, if nothing else, Microsoft really did beat Apple to the touchscreen laptop, and it is GOOD. The touch is as smooth and responsivie as it is for my iPhone/iPad, so it’s definitely nice to see some new competitors hit the market, regardless of which way you ultimately go!

  5. I’m 100% an Apple fangirl. But mostly because it’s the industry standard for my career and it’s all I’ve been using since I was about 18. I literally have no clue how to work Windows.

    • Lololol, I am aware of your feelings on the matter. But I’m glad to see it hasn’t irreperably damaged our friendship (yet). ;)

  6. Ugh, I hate Apple products. The iPods don’t last very long and they’re basically made to be completely un-fixable.
    And Macs are way overpriced. You can get better specs on a PC for a much lower price than a Mac. The only reason they sell so well is because Apple has good advertising and Mac people are suuuuper brand loyal. If you do a bit of research, they’re not even worth buying.

  7. I use a PC at work but that’s it. I had a Dell laptop that lasted less than three years. My work PC (an HP) lasted 2.5 before they had to upgrade me because it had so many problems. I have a Macbook that has been going strong for 8 and is still speedy and handles all of the software upgrades just fine. A Mac isn’t so expensive when you consider I could have needed to buy 3 PCs in that time.

    I’m totally making your roasted garlic whipped potatoes. Yum!

  8. I’m a little bit of both. I personally have always had a PC computer but since I moved in with my boyfriend I’ve been using his mac. And I also have an iphone 5 and an ipod touch.

    I’m in desperate need of a new laptop and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to get. Hopefully you’ll share your honest opinion on the macbook vs your new computer once you’ve had it a while. :)

  9. I’ve always been a bit of both, honestly. I have two PCs and my Macbook and honestly think there are advantages to both. I have heard VERY mixed reviews of Windows 8, though (I have Win 7 Pro 64 bit and love it), but I have a feeling it is due to what you said – the intention is to have some sort of touch capability to get the most out of it.

    You risk a little bit by adopting this early – I’ve seen a lot on the S7 and probably still would have gone high end 13′ MBA for that money. Having said that though, you certainly could have done worse. If reviewers are to be believed, that’s a solid product and I hope that it serves you well for years to come.

    • Yeah, I’ve read a lot of reviews about Windows 8, and they are indeed mixed. So far, I’m definitely impressed, but I have a feeling I would probably hate it if the touch functionality wasn’t there. It’s just made to be touched, you know? That sounds weird.

      I know that all early adoption comes with inherent risks, but so far I’m pleased. Obviously, time will tell, and I’ve only been using my new computer for a few days so far. I should mention, I did get a good deal on the S7, and didn’t pay full sticker price, so in comparison to the high-end MBA (which has VERY similar specs), I still saved hundreds o’ dolladollabills. But of course, we shall seeeee!

  10. Like most college students, I’m a Mac girl! I’m actually in class right now (whoops), and looking around, almost all of the laptops I see in here are Macs. Honestly, whenever I see a PC laptops, I’m always in shock by how bulky they are! Looks like they’re 10 years behind Macbooks…though maybe they’re finally catching up, because your new laptop is pretty sleek!

  11. I’m Apple all the way! I have gone through 2 PC’s and they just couldn’t keep up with the amount of work I was doing on the computer, even after I upgraded all the hard drive and memory. Finally, I bit the bullet and bought a Mac and have never been happier! But if your new computer makes you swoon (and it looks pretty sweet!) I don’t think theres a reason to not switch. Also, it’s not like you couldn’t switch back ;)

    • Exactly! Who’s to say I can’t go both ways? Bahahahaha.

  12. Congrats on your new job!
    We are currently a PC house, but my husband the IT guy wants us to be Mac/Apple people soon.

  13. Mac at home, PC at work. I vastly prefer Mac. I feel like every time I get a new PC, I spend about two weeks teaching it not to do the supposedly helpful things I don’t want it to do, which I never have to do with the Mac. Besides, I agree with Stephanie above that Macs may be more expensive originally, but last much longer and are easier to maintain. They have much less planned obsolescence built into them. But that’s my experience from the last 15 years — maybe PCs are finally catching on! I hope you love your new purchase!

  14. PC for me – got the surface and I love it!!!! It does everything you could imagine – kindle blogs movies xbox word processing excel skype – totally can use it for work and home

  15. I’m a PC girl and have been falling in love with the ultrabooks, but can’t afford one now. But I love my Samsung Galaxy phone and I’ve had an acer netbook for years with no issues. I am getting the kids tablets for Christmas and they will be Android based.

  16. mac! i had been a PC person and never thought i’d make the switch, but i don’t think i could go back now!

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