Last week was one of those weeks that I could have certainly done without, and for several various reasons. From the disastrous fires that created a massive havoc in both Gran Canaria to Tenerife (And a bit in La Gomera) to the fact that my shiny Lenovo 3000 N100 notebook decided to die on me after just one year and three weeks of usage. Well, the LCD display, that is.
I am not sure if there was an issue with it because of the extreme heat we went through for a few days or what (Hard Drive Inspector indicated my notebook’s hard drive reached a whopping 50 degrees C!), but the fact is that last Thursday the LCD display decided to play funny with purple colours and vertical lines making it almost impossible to use. Goodness, I thought. This is the last thing I need now, for sure. A broken LCD display just three weeks after the one year guarantee expired! Ha! It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Things are no longer built today like they used to be a few years ago, I tell you!
Anyway, I decided to play along with it and called the customer service centre to arrange an appointment to bring it along and have it fixed. I talked to the folks who would be fixing it and they told me that it would probably take between a couple of hours to a full week, depending on the damage of the LCD display. Ouch! I am not sure I can afford another week of forced vacation after the recent problems I have been having with my Internet connection (Been running just fine for the last few days though).
I love the Lenovo 3000 N100! It really is a good machine and has served me very well all along. However, for a long while now, I have been thinking that one day I would be switching to the Mac. Not a chance that I would move on to Vista any time soon. So I decided to play safe and prepare my way towards having a backup machine, that by the looks of it, it is now turning itself into becoming my main primary machine.
Yes, indeed, I am now a proud owner of a brand-new shiny MacBook Pro 15”4! YAY! Finally! I made it to the other side! The Mac side! heh. I am not going to share any pictures with you, since I am sure you have seen it all over the place, but, boy, do I like this machine or what? I thought it would be my backup machine while I am getting the Lenovo 3000 N100 repaired, but in the last couple of days it has become my main machine and do I feel ever so much more productive?!?! You bet!
I know plenty of you folks out there are feeling the exact same way. So I will spare you any further comments on that. At this very moment though I am continuing to have a number of different applications installed in it that I am using in the Windows environment and which I consider essential for me to be able to do my job and stay connected with everyone, an everything, so probably in an upcoming weblog post I will mention which ones those applications are and see how it goes from there.
For the time being, I have been reading with great and avid interest the good number of posts that the one and only, Andy Piper, one of my fellow IBM colleagues and a good friend of mine, has put together beautifully in his own external weblog and which I am going to find incredibly helpful as I suspect I would be finding there plenty of Mac gems to enjoy.
It surely is going to be quite an experience, while I am getting the Lenovo notebook fixed, to continue playing around with the MacBook Pro and even more when I will be testing it out very shortly as my work machine while the repairs take place. If it makes it successfully, I bet that the Windows notebook would become then the back up machine and not the MBP one. We shall see. Although I bet you already know the answer, right? 😉
Ahhh, it is good to be on the Mac side. I must confess though that there is a little bit of a learning curve, but quite enjoyable at most times, which is not what I can say from the various Windows OS I have been using thus far. Yes, if you ask me, it was a very expensive move, but so far, and from what I have seen till now, very worth while! And I will be sharing some more insights in that respect as time goes by. You bet!
(Special thanks to all of my Twitter friends and to my fellow colleague, Andy Piper, for the initial help provided thus far. You have all certainly made that learning curve a lot less steep and quite an enjoyable journey! Looking forward to some more soon!)