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As previously mentioned, my somewhat elderly but dearly beloved ibook, Alphonse, met a sudden and dramatic end on Thursday morning. Fortunately for me, my friends are incredibly kind people (thanks especially to [livejournal.com profile] jlh and [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay and [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora for calling to talk me down from the ledge and/or offer aid in the immediate aftermath!) and [livejournal.com profile] emsariel and I are of only middling levels of broke-ness, so we had a lot of options to choose from in terms of how we were going to sort things out.

After an hour of wandering around the house thinking about how this was a perfect time to get a ~*~new laptop~*~ and feeling REALLY guilty about it (although Clio and Paul in particular were like, "Alison, seriously, you were going to have to get a new one soon anyway") Scott and I decided that yeah...YEAH...maybe we were actually going to just splurge. I do all of my writing on the laptop, I use it for fairly important video editing and photoshop work when I'm away from home so it has to be a decent machine, and inheriting someone else's older laptop would only put off the inevitable for so long. ALSO -- if we bought the new machine on the 31st, we could write it off of our 2009 taxes. (lol when did I become an adult oh god)

We were going into Boston for First Night, so we took the train out to Cambridge Side Galleria and went to the Apple Store and.....

.....bought a Macbook?

(I cannot overstate how strange that was, btw. I have NEVER just walked into a store and bought a computer. EVER. IN MY LIFE. Every computer I've selected for myself [as opposed to the machines my parents brought home] -- the blue G3 tower, the graphite clamshell ibook, the G5 tower and the G4 ibook -- was ordered online and delivered through the mail. But yesterday I gave a man my credit card and he handed me a little cardboard suitcase with a GODDAMN LAPTOP INSIDE OF IT WHICH I HAD JUST PURCHASED?!?!? WHAT!??!)

The problem with being from Boston, btw, is that it did not even occur to either of us to check to see if that Apple store was still the most convenient one. It had been the only Apple Store in the city for FOREVER after all. We therefore spent two hours going two and from it instead of....oh, I don't know....going to the GIGANTIC NEW THREE-STORY APPLE STORE that was directly across the street from where we spent most of First Night.

*sighs*

Anyway.

So I have a new machine! I carried it around in my laptop bag all night and it made it through just fine and I brought it back to my mom's place and started it up and logged onto the old machine via Appletalk and moved the most important files over and named it "Sam" (as in Sam Bell, to go with GERTY the ipod touch) and now I am doing my freelance on it and I am pretty damn pleased.

I feel like getting a new computer is kind of like breaking up with a boyfriend -- for every good reason you have going in you'll think of TEN MORE once you've done it. Alphonse the ibook was a little old and pretty slow, sure. And his harddrive was completely full. And sometimes his screen wouldn't turn on properly when I opened him, or he wouldn't wake up the way he was supposed to. And he wasn't really registering the power cord properly, such that it would flicker on and off until I could get it to sit just right, a problem that had been getting steadily worse for months and might have turned into complete failure to connect at any time. And the latch was broken so he never stayed closed properly. And his screen was so dim that it was often hard to read. And he wasn't an Intel machine so there was a lot of software and services I couldn't take advantage of.

And you know.

Now his screen has a giant crack in it and is completely non-functional.

I take some comfort in the fact that it wasn't me who dropped him. While we probably would have made all the same decisions, I think I'd be feeling a LOT more guilty about purchasing Sam if I'd been the one to destroy my old computer.

As it is, I am just FANTASTICALLY PLEASED with every single thing about this machine, from the keyboard to the trackpad to the new OS to the big empty harddrive to the much much much nicer and higher res screen. I am so pleased that I kind of feel like a character in a commercial -- like John Hodgman is going to try and lure me to Windows 7, only to have me pat him on his head before running into the arms of Justin Long.

SO

BACK TO WORK FOR ME

At least now work is a lot sparklier?

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Date: 2010-01-02 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karlyl.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad you got a new macbook -- very worth it. :D

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Well-designed hardware makes me a little weak in the knees *_____*

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nerdcore.livejournal.com
Congrats! sjfhdg oh man your john hodgeman icon is absolutely ADORABLE.

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] hoshizora made it (and this one) for me after I'd spent about a week squeeing over the new ad and how it meant Mac and PC had been friends for DECADES OMG SO ADORABLE

*is a moron* XD

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harriet-vane.livejournal.com
I felt the same way when I walked out with my iPhone. I was like "....really, you'll just GIVE IT TO ME and I can leave with it???" Euphoric, yet confused.

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Seriously, it was PRETTY SURREAL. I felt like I was getting away with something I shouldn't! o___o

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilysnape.livejournal.com
Ooh a Macbook, that's cool! I'll probably get one someday.

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
They are pretty awesome! :D

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teacup-werewolf.livejournal.com
YAY For new shinies. I dance in glee when Taliesin came in the mail back in April.

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Nothing quite beats a new computer, it's true!

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.livejournal.com
Hurray! You definitely made the right decision all around!

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
hahaha MAN I HOPE SO <3

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] engelen.livejournal.com
YAY for you!!!
...

you make me wanna go and buy myself a new computer... only I'm eternlly inlove with the design of my PC and just got a new screen a couple of months ago (WHICH IS HUGE BTW)...

Anyway, CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY! :D

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoshizora.livejournal.com
HEY I KNOW THAT ICON

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
(THEY'RE FRIENDS, PAUL)

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Date: 2010-01-02 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meredyd.livejournal.com
SAM AND GERTY <3 <3 <3

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
FRIIIIIIIIEEEEEEENNNNNDSSSSSSSSSS *______________*

*dies*

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invaderk.livejournal.com
Hooray, new hardware!

If it's any consolation to you, I ALSO had to retire my little 2005 iBook G4 just before Christmas! Parting was such sweet sorrow, and going from Mac to PC in such a short period was a little overwhelming, but one can't really complain about the upgrade from 36 gigs of hard drive space!

Did you ever have any issues with the lappy before it's untimely doom (besides the obvious part where it stopped working altogether? Mine started acting a little funky towards the end...

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emsariel.livejournal.com
She'd totally had trouble with Alphonse before he was retired (details under the cut, now). That made the snap decision to purchase possible-- we'd been preparing for the power connection to go and force a new purchase Any Day Now.

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerodactylus.livejournal.com
Oh Macbook users...lured by the whoring of Justin Long.

I happen to be very pleased with my new Windows 7, thanks you. XD Glad you got a good machine.

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Date: 2010-01-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
hah, well....TO BE FAIR, I actually adore John Hodgman and would rather hug him than Justin Long any day.

But I've been an Apple user since the mid-eighties so.....I think I'm outside the target audience of those ads XD

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Date: 2010-01-03 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goawayplease.livejournal.com
Apple IIc represent!

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Date: 2010-01-02 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gulliblesnail.livejournal.com
I AM A DORK, BUT WHATEVER, I will just heart all over your icon and mentions of those ads. Congrats on the new machine! (Sam and GERTY, aww.)

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Date: 2010-01-02 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chinawolf.livejournal.com
So pleased for you! New laptop love is always awesome. :)

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Date: 2010-01-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
man....it really is ;___________;

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Date: 2010-01-03 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyoto-idol.livejournal.com
SPECS PLOX

Hooray nerditude.

Good to hear that worked out!!

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Date: 2010-01-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Just the standard MacBook! 2.26GHz Intel, 2GB RAM, 250 GB drive -- in other words, MILES better than my old laptop to a kind of comical degree

(SO GLAD IT WORKED OUT OH MAN o________o )

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Date: 2010-01-03 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redvelvetaddict.livejournal.com
Yaaaaay new laptop! I was at first night as well, although it was cold so we went home early hahah.

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Date: 2010-01-05 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
Haha yeah, we spent a LOT of time in the Hynes and then hid in a Wendy's between 10:45PM and 11:30PM XD

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Date: 2010-01-05 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lerta.livejournal.com
Yay! Congrats on the Macbook! And it was great seeing you last week.

The Boylston Apple Store actually opened on Richard and my 5-year anniversary and we went to the grand opening (*nerds*) :P

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Date: 2010-01-05 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com
It was great to see you, too! I hope the rest of your New Year's celebrations went smoothly!

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