A few months ago, I got rid of my trusty Apple laptop, a MacBook Pro – the older 17-inch model – because it was simply too old to run the latest software without slowing down…to….a….crawl. And having several windows open with different software running was a no-no. Great for word processing but really, really slow for video editing or image manipulation. I had originally purchased it because Mayo and I got together and we spent a large amount of the year down South. I thought it would be a better travelling machine than a desktop.
The slowing speed led me to rethink how I used computers and what I did with them and used them for. Not only that, but where I used them. As it turns out, when I’m actually travelling now, I take my iPad because it can do everything except deal with new content on my websites. And frankly, when I’m travelling I’m not overly interested in adding gardening articles or working on the guts of the site. The iPad simply a lighter, more easily transported machine than the laptop and I can work, read or even (ahem…) play games while I have a few minutes in waiting rooms or ferries. The iPad became my go-to travelling machine even when I had a laptop. By adding a keyboard, the Logitech Ultrathin, and a few apps, I’ve transformed this older iPad into a working laptop.
And the laptop stayed on the desk in my office. The only time it left the office was to be packed up and hauled down South. Where it was installed in the temporary office down there. From office to office and it never got unpacked en route – the iPad was used while travelling.
So the question got asked, “Why spend the extra money for a big laptop when the same money would buy a more powerful desktop system?” Couldn’t come up with a good answer.
Enter my big 27-inch iMac stage left. I added every bell and whistle Apple provides for this machine and installed it on my desk because 1) it’s going to last 5-7 years and 2) that was about the same price as the laptop I would have bought without all the memory. The iMac went south with us this year and lived on a desk down there and is now, as I write, safely back north again. I kept all the original packing material and treat it with extreme care in the packing and unloading so it’s fine.
And now my trusty iPad 2 has been declared “dead” and no longer supported by Apple so that means I’ll plan on buying another more-modern version shortly. I have a keyboard for it and it’s a fine working machine. I confess I even worked on it this year down in Savannah when I’d take it to the coffee shop in the afternoon for a bout of online studying and fiction writing in a coffee-shop/writer mode. It’s a perfect mobile machine.
Add to that a smart phone that remembers things better than I do and I now have the perfect combination of tech for this stage of my life. But the smart phone story is another one for another post. For now, the reorganization of my computer systems is done and I’m laptopless. Goodbye my trusty old Apple Laptop.