We spend approximately eight hours of our day staring at screens—whether it be the screen of our smartphone, our television, or our computer. Over our lifetimes, that’s roughly 30 years—longer than most marriages. Considering how much time we spend with our computer, the process of choosing The One starts with one basic question: Apple or PC?
Some say that once you go Mac you never go back. Others complain about the significantly less budget-friendly Apple empire. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Here’s a quick list of things to consider when committing to your computer.
If you want a MacBook Pro, it will come as an all-Apple package—Apple hardware, Apple software, Apple everything. Microsoft, however, partners up with various companies to bring you your PC. There are Dell, Asus, Toshiba, and Samsung varieties of PCs, just to name a few, giving you many more options to choose from.
The trend doesn’t stop with computers. It’s in the smartphone world as well. If you want an Apple phone, there’s one option: the iPhone. If you want a phone that runs Microsoft software, you can choose from Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Huawei…the list goes on. Microsoft simply provides much more choice.
There are not only a lot more customization options with PCs, they’re also cheaper. You can inexpensively get a one-or-two terabyte hard drive put into your PC, versus the steep $700 it costs to upgrade your Macbook hard drive from 256 to 768 gigabytes. For the most part, Apple computers will be more expensive for comparable tech specs most of the time.
However, with the laptops of the moment—the PC ultrabooks and the MacBook Air—the prices are beginning to even out.
The tech world is trending towards thinner, smaller, and faster at the expense of the CD/DVD drive. The ultrabooks and Apple’s MacBook Air are both on the pricey side of the spectrum, but are a worthwhile investment for their lightness and efficiency. You can substantiate some of the high price tag by selling your old CDs and DVDs on sites like musicmagpie.com.
Since you are spending so much money, you may want to make sure it’s going to a responsible company.
Apple is part of EPEAT, the environmental ratings system for electronics, and is consistently ranked highly as environmentally friendly technology. However, Apple has never made it onto the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies—which Microsoft has done consistently for the last few years.
While Microsoft maintains a blog on its corporate and ethical responsibility, Apple is notoriously secretive about its inner workings, and suffered some bad press in 2010 when eighteen workers at Foxconn-outsourced factories in China attempted suicides, allegedly due to 76-hour weeks. Microsoft seems to win the ethics contest.
Whatever you prioritize when choosing your computer, go with your instinct for what will suit you best. Remember, you’re the one that will be stuck with either the Apple or the PC! When it comes down to it, what’s most important is that your new computer is one you’re happy with.
There is a lot of good information on the internet along with a lot of bad. You have to somewhat discerning and figure out what might apply to your situation, but if you can do so, the internet holds a wealth of information that can allow you to do amazing things. There is information on how to retire early, how to invest in stocks and bonds and real estate and futures, how to start a blog, how to start a business, along with a ton of other financial information.
It turns out that my son came home late the other evening from practice and locked his keys in the car. He states that they fell out of his pocket as he was getting out. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a big problem other than the fact that when we went looking for the spare on the hook, it wasn’t there. A frantic search of all the possible locations it might be failed to locate the extra key to the car. We were facing a rather grand dilemma at 10:30 on a Friday night. His equipment for the tennis match in the morning was locked in the car along with his homework for the weekend. We had to find a way into the vehicle.
Enter the internet! A quick search of car locksmiths revealed that it would likely cost at least $100 to have one come out close to 11 pm on a Friday night in the rain to unlock the car door in order to retrieve the set of keys. So I decided to see if there might be a DIY way to break into the car.
I found a great You Tube video that seemed promising on how to break into a car with a tennis ball. Looks interesting. How does this really work? Wait a minute. It says the video is a fake! On to the next one which looked promising. It was titled, “A Method How to Unlock Your Car in 10 Seconds.” Sounds too good to be true.
But I watched the video and it seemed quite real. You can check it out for yourself — Watch the video.
I showed my wife and we decided to try it. It was quite dark outside and I had a black shoelace against black interior so my wife held an umbrella and flashlight app on her cell phone so I could see what I was doing. The hardest part was getting the knot past the door and into the car with a decent size loop intact. The first time I got the loop around the lock, it slipped off. But the second time, it snugged tight and I was able to unlock the car.
It took me about 10 minutes, mainly trying to get the knot and loop into the car. I often pulled the loop out sliding it past the door. But once I got it in there with a decent loop, I was able to get it on the third try. It was quite satisfying to say the least. I showed the video to my son and explained what we did. Hopefully, he has learned to keep the keys in his hand before locking the door, but if not, at least he has an idea how to unlock a car door with a shoelace.
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