iPad Mini 3

Will you get the latest iPad mini 3? A few experts are saying to not bother! The argument is basically, it’s the same device as last year’s iPad mini 2, with just one notable exception. It has additional hardware for Apple Pay. Other than that, it’s the same hardware as last year, the same design, the same screen and the same cameras. It’s not any thinner or any lighter. It has the same graphic and processor chips. However, it’s available in gold! If gold fancies you, then spend the extra $100. Last year’s iPad mini 2 is now selling starting at $299. The iPad mini 3 retails starting at $399.

How I Became a Mac OS user

Years ago, I got tired of Windows for numerous reasons which I don’t have the time to elaborate in this post. Eventually, I switched to Linux. It was new, exciting, and the opportunity to learn something entirely different was fascinating to me. When Ubuntu Dapper Drake came along, I went all in. That was my desktop of choice for a very long time.

After each Ubuntu release, I worked hard to get everything working from the flash player, media, and just about every tool that I needed, just to get the desktop to function the way I wanted to. After several years of Ubuntu updates and fixing the desktop, I got tired of it. It was an exercise I really didn’t want to do every six months.

I switched to the Mac OS because it it’s based on BSD, a Unix variant, which is familiar to me. In some ways, I can get still get down and dirty using the Terminal if I wanted to. The Mac OS for the most part, is a very stable environment. And everything worked at get-go. I’ve been a Mac OS user ever since.

Reverting to the Hard Drive

Six months ago, I installed a SSD drive on my Mac Mini. The speed of the SSD drive was a welcome addition. System boot up was cut in half. Access to applications were almost instant. It was all fun until I started having problems with SSD drive. Constant hangs and constant reboots for several weeks took its toll. Thanks to Time Machine, I’m now restoring my entire drive back to my original hard drive which is not in use. The restore process should take a couple of hours or so. I expect my computer to be slower with the hard drive, but it should be more stable than my current SSD.

BookBook for the MacBook Air

Are you looking for a laptop cover for your MacBook Air? TwelveSouth has a laptop cover called BookBook. It looks like an old book. I mean a really old book. It’s made of genuine leather. It has a hardback case with a strong spine, with reinforced corners for impact protection, extra padding, and your laptop is kept secured by a zipper. Did I say it looks like a regular book? I guess it’s worth repeating. It’s a good disguise. It looks like you’re carrying a book instead of a laptop. The only gripe I have is, it’s a bit pricey for a laptop cover. It looks like a really nice, elegant antique book. That’s the draw. If you really want it, just be prepared to dish out $80 bucks for this item.

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OS X Mavericks Upgrade

I’m currently upgrading Apple OS X Mavericks as we speak. It’s a huge file, 5.29 GB to be exact. Sit back and relax, because it will take sometime to download the new OS depending on the speed of your internet connection. After the download, launch the installation. It requires a reboot. After boot, expect about 45 mins for the installation to complete.

2013 MacBook Air

I have a Late 2010 MacBook Air. After 2.5 years, it’s still going strong. Recently, I started looking into the latest, 2013 Macbook Air. From the external perspective, it looks exactly the same. It’s the same dimension, same weight, and the same sleek design. What’s change is what’s in the inside.

The new 2013 MacBook Air has a newer OS, faster CPU, faster SSD, more memory, faster Wi-Fi with the integrated 802.11ac adapter, faster USB with USB 3.0, long-lasting battery up to 14 hours, a backlit keyboard, and dual integrated mics. Sounds like a winner to me.

The only big issue I’ve heard with the newer MacBook Airs is the Wi-Fi issues with the new 802.11ac adapters. That’s a major one. I predict that this would be rectified eventually with future software updates. Maybe, it’s worth waiting a bit longer until Apple fixes the problem.

Read Ars Technica’s review of the 2013 MacBook Air.