It has been a very long time since I had a MacBook Pro. Writing this feels so 2009 because there was a time when I had a regular MacBook then a MacBook Pro then the MacBook Air came out and I had a MacBook Air + 17” Pro w/ SSD and then I sold the 17” and got an iMac + MacBook Air and that was in 2010 and I never looked back.
If you want to follow the long path of my MacBook switching up, it was pretty intense with switches every 6 months from 2007 – 2011 - http://adam-jackson.net/blog/page/2/?s=macbook
In August of 2011, I bought the Core i7 MacBook Air 13” and have done most commuting with the iMac Core i7 w/ Fusion Drive and it’s perfect. No complaints at all. A few things happened over the last few months that has caused me to go Pro again:
- The MacBook Air warranty has lapsed and I’ve had some issues that required Apple Store visits like
- Mavericks not detecting the SSD and charging issues.
- It takes a few tries with MagSafe to get a charge going even with the brand new adapter I bought.
- At 400 battery cycles, it’s not holding a charge as effectively as before and the battery lasts just 90 minutes
- It lacks modern features like Thunderbolt 2, USB 3, HD FaceTime camera, the ability to play games like Sim City / Civilization
- The keyboard is actually pretty worn down with some keys missing the the structure of the laptop bends a bit when I pick it up.
- Overall, I’ve used the MBA daily for almost 2.5 years and I can feel an inevitable end.
- My work has me in California a lot which means 50% of the time, the laptop is my primary machine. When it comes to number crunching and screen real estate, the iMac is fantastic and the MacBook Air with its size and age is night & day. I planned on using the MBA for a word processing / mobile photo machine and it’s become a primary computer. So the day to day use has shifted.
- The need to have a laptop for plane rides is moot with the iPad Air. The 11” MacBook I bought in January of 2011 was amazing then the iPad 2 came out in March and effectively nullified the reason I bought the air (airline typing / entertainment). So I bought a 13” MBA. Now I never use my laptop on planes and use the iPad Air exclusively therefore I can afford a larger screen size for the 3.5 weeks a month that I’m not in a cramped airplane seat.
There are many aspects of the Air I’m going to miss. It is the greatest notebook ever made. I stand by that sentiment that I first made way back in 2009 with the 2nd generation Air. The reason I didn’t go latest Gen MacBook Air are pretty clear. I wanted a pro laptop with a larger screen. I think Apple has that with their base 15 inch Macbook Pro but I opted for the one with dedicated graphics for future-proof gaming. I hope the extra money is worth it in the long run. No one has ever regretted spending more on a computer though. Future-Proofing is never a bad idea.
When you look at the 3rd party GeekBench stats comparing the top end MBP vs MBA, the multi-core points are pretty amazing. 14,600 points versus 5,600. The single core is not as much of a difference with 3,700 versus 2,969 but the top end MBP with 4 cores and hyper threading will make a nice difference in number crunching and mobile RAW photo editing. You can see additional CPU comparisons here between both top-end model chips.
I’m really excited to have a brand new notebook with 10 hour battery life and a gorgeous retina display. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with all of that power though
Maybe I’ll throw up a few photos when this arrives next week. It’s worth mentioning that my employer has a partnership with the manufacturer of this notebook. I received no discounts, compensation or influence in writing this thought process and my opinions are my own and do not reflect my employer or their partners.
PS: My MacBook Air is for sale if someone is looking for a notebook.
I watch a lot of films, maybe 10 movies a week on average. Throughout 2013, there wasn’t a single film that really hit home but this one did. I felt very close to Virgil while also identifying very much with Claire. Both characters had some things I could relate to but ultimately the ending rips it all and I myself was conned into thinking things were as they seemed.
Incredible movie, you should watch it.
Last week, I went to my local VW dealership, gave them $500 and pre-ordered a 2015 Golf R that should hit the USA market in March of 2015, possibly December. My 2013 Golf R is the greatest car I’ve ever had the privilege of driving and still be able to afford. It’s an all-wheel drive hatchback with a gorgeous interior, lots of tech, leather seating and a turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive.
I love this car.
My blog lately has had a lot of Golf R talk and I spent since August to today reading about the next generation MK7 platform and hearing all about the new Golf R. It’s on sale in Europe now and reviews have started coming in. Two reviews I loved the most are below:
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
- 2015 VW GOLF R VERSUS 2015 SUBARU WRX STI: BATTLE OF TURBO’D AWD ‘PRACTICAL’ SPORTS CARS
My favorite line from one of the reviews:
The main takeaway isn’t just that the Golf R is good on the slick stuff. The hatch demonstrated itself to be a willing performer, raising the bar over what you’d expect out of a normal GTI. The performance delta over a GTI is huge – far wider than the gap between, say, a Subaru WRX and STI (currently, anyway – the 2015 STI has not been driven yet). Having all-wheel drive is really a benefit here, and handbrake or not, the R slid with ease and poise, never feeling too powerful or acting like a complete handful.
Wintertime driving, to enthusiasts, is far more exciting than you’d think. And tossing the Golf R around the frozen lake north of Arvidsjaur proved its all-season prowess is top-notch. Considering just how good this thing was on the ice, I can only imagine it’ll be a total hoot on dry pavement – and I’m eagerly awaiting the chance to experience that when the northern US finally thaws. But as long as I have snow, this hottest Volkswagen will easily earn a place as one of my favorite cold-weather rides.
What’s happening with the next Golf is a hot topic among enthusiasts and lovers of the original VW Rabbit / R33. They’re taking then Golf, making it more powerful than the GTI and then selling it at a high price. That was the 2012 / 2013 R. In 2015, they’ve taken all of the tech comforts from Audi and thrown them in and people think sporty is now becoming luxury and they’re against that. I disagree. The only downside to the current R is the lack of technology. The touch screen is small, MDI in-dash computer is black & white, there’s no lane-detection or guidance, there’s no adaptive cruise control, back up camera, driving modes or other comforts. The new Golf R is faster than mine, lighter than mine, has better base mileage and more amenities plus a new generation of all wheel drive that’s more Audi Quatro like in every regard…and the price isn’t going up.
My deposit toward a new Golf and slowly growing savings account to afford the next one aren’t guarantees that I’ll get one. The next Golf is just as limited as previous versions with some 5,000 total being made globally and maybe 3,000 of those for American markets. I think Canada only got 500 of the 2013 model. So the probability is low but I’m going to try anyway.
When people know me through this blog, there’s a lot of daily moments that are lost and I am terrible at documenting those. I’ve also matured over the years where everything isn’t shared with the Internet. The infrequent posts here are all I have.
Tomorrow on February 28th, Elizabeth is moving to Denver. There has been a sort of slow deterioration of our relationship but she’s departing for reasons that are bigger than us and you can read into that any way that seems appropriate. We met in October of 2010, became a couple in December and moved in together 2 years later in January of 2013. It’s not healthy to analyze what went wrong today and I’m sure over time, I’ll be able to step back and realize the mistakes that were made to lead to this but right now, I see both of us at fault in various ways. There were emotional to mental disconnects and as we both approach 30 years old, life goals that were also not aligned.
As of October of 2013, things changed and in December, she started looking elsewhere for employment, anywhere it seemed that was in her industry. I don’t think she was escaping but so long in Vermont had some effects that I couldn’t counteract and I admit that I also didn’t really put up a fight when she told me it was time to move somewhere new. I’ve moved before in the midst of relationships, I’ve sold it all and chased a job opportunity so I understand and can relate to her decision. In a week, she’ll start a new job at a new company in a brand new city higher up in the mountains in the industry she loves and she’s so happy.
I haven’t actually realized she’s leaving yet at the emotional level. I’m traveling a lot from work, typing this from a cafe in Sunnyvale California while she packs up her entire life and loads it on to a moving truck 2,700 miles away with her Dad. I set my own travel dates but this wasn’t an intentional band-aid moment for me it just happened to work out like this. I’m emotionally and physically unavailable while she embarks on a move that will separate us as a couple and geographically. Maybe it’s better this way? Again, I really have no idea at this time. I left for this trip a week ago and we grabbed burgers at one of our favorite local restaurants (an hour away sadly) and said goodbye. I played with Goomba and gave her a hug and that was it. It’s weird that she’s leaving and I left first like it was not planned but just worked out that way.
The thing is, I have always done things this way. Take a literal and planned approach, strip away the emotion and carry out the task and usually it’s 6-12 months after my actions do I feel a bit of happiness or sadness about them. Fight or Flight is maybe the best way to describe it but it’s in everything I do. I’ve been working on amazing projects at work and haven’t had a celebratory champagne yet and when people ask about Elizabeth’s move, I just sort of shrug. There’s no point in getting upset but it’s important to realize my life is different now. My house rent went up, my bills are doubling and my house will be empty. Messes are mine to clean up 100%, if something breaks or is missing, I’m to blame. I’m back to being self-sufficient which I enjoy a lot.
I have asked around on getting a roommate to help cover my bills. I travel 3 weeks a month, work from home other days and spend my evenings tasting beers with strangers at festivals, breweries and homes. I have some friends in the area now and I run my Beer Meetup Group so I’m busy and a roommate won’t see much of me. It’s something I’m seriously considering but can’t say for sure if I’m excited about the notion at this time. Having more of my paycheck is the only driving factor.
As for what’s next in my dating life, I don’t really have any plans. I’ve actually spent the last year on even deeper introspection of who I am and the term “graysexual” comes up a lot. Or that I’m asexual except for with people I greatly love or that I’m asexual but with the desire to nest with someone of the opposite sex and that’s it. I don’t have many male friends, all of my friends are girls who I love but nothing more. I don’t really date, I don’t think about girls or romanticize about any marriage, dating or kids. So I think it’ll be healthy to sort of spend the next year analyzing these feelings deeper and of course focusing on work even more. Run more, eat more salads and go on non work related trips.
I’ll be going to Europe for a vacation in April with a friend. I’d like to get a dog but my travel schedule is too insane so my house is now dog-less which does suck cause dogs are awesome. Maybe I’ll get back into volunteering at Big Brothers again. That was fun.
I don’t really have a concrete plan but, for the 3rd time in my life I’m single, once at 18, again at 23 and now at 27. I usually stay single for a year or two before dating again and that’s just how it’ll go. There’s no big epiphany at this time other than living expenses going up. Maybe this writing is just me rambling but it’s nice to put things out there for you all. Thanks for reading this blog. I really appreciate it.
I think Elizabeth is going to do really great things. She’s so smart and so driven to really shine at her job and in life. I’m proud of her for this move and the last 3.5 years has been a great time in my life. I’m happy we shared a path for a short time and, as with all of my ex GFs, I look forward to having coffee with her in Denver next time I’m there.
An ice fishing derby took place 10 miles from my house at Lake Fairlee. Families from all over were setting up at midnight and each person could have up to 8 traps set. Judging was done by fish length around 3PM. I got to hang out with a few experts and take part in the activities. It was great weather, around 25 degrees with a bright sun coming down.
This was also the first time I’ve ever stood on a frozen lake or driven on one. I had a lot of fun driving my VW Golf on the snow & ice. I still can’t believe the car didn’t fall into the water. I took a few iPhone photos to share here.
Winter is here for real this time. The cycle of snow falling and melting and falling again has become boring. I want a consistent amount of snow on my ground throughout the winter and maybe this 12 inch dump finally achieves that.
In other news, I absolutely love my car. Taken this morning, I brushed the snow off the car and in snow up to the door frame, I pulled out of the yard without a single shovel coming out. All wheel drive is the greatest thing ever made. EVER.
I don’t talk about work very much on this blog and now that all of my social media profiles have been deleted, the day to day grind isn’t captured as it used to be. In early December, I was asked to spend time in California this year and possibly beyond. I’m still happily employed at the job I moved to New Hampshire for in August of 2010 and now that I’ve been there for 3 years and 6 months, things are going well and I do not anticipate leaving it any time soon. I love living up here in the mountains and the friends I’ve made in the short 3 years and lately, my job has become greater than I ever could have imagined.
Since I wrote this post in October, the opportunity to spend time in the Bay Area has been nice. Here’s an excerpt from that post:
I miss a lot about cities. The fact that only establishments that focus on quality survive, where Yelp reviews mean something and you can hail cabs with a smartphone and pay via phone and a single FourSquare check-in leads to an old friend calling you up to have lunch because that check in triggers an alert on their phone that you’re in town. The combination of problems being solved by technology and the incredibly rich diversity of people makes cities so exciting to me. My friend Nick texted me, “On my way” with a foot-note at the end of the text, “Sent via Google Glass”. I chuckled that he’s talking to me out loud while walking but felt jealous that he has this computer on his head. It’s so futuristic as he taught me to use it.
I miss the city life but not enough to leave the mountains which is why the opportunity that came to me was so surreal and like in the past when I write a blog post and suddenly things start happening, this is something I can’t pass up.
Before Christmas, I flew to SFO and engaged in a 3 day workshop to become integrated with a new project. It’s actually something I’ve worked on before but to lead an initiative in a part of the country I once lived in and fell in love with was a lot of fun. I left California on the 23rd feeling good about things and looking forward to returning. Last week, work sent me back to California for 7 days to again work on this project and work onsite with some incredibly smart people in an area of our company that I love. It was a great trip and I think very valuable for us that I got to go.
Being back in California was great. I could visit my favorite coffee shop on my way to work, eat great sushi again, feel that California love that everyone has and see friends who I haven’t seen in years. I had lunch, dinner and coffee breaks with a few people and finally visited Santa Cruz which is something I never did when living in the bay area before. Also, the beer scene has exploded and I visited a lot of new breweries and bars that weren’t open in 2010 when I moved away. Seeing the Pacific ocean and watching surfers take on Mavericks live was a real treat. Taking my first bite into a mission burrito, sipping a Philz Turkish w/ mint leaves and getting an Animal Style burger at In-n-Out were all moments that to locals aren’t that big of a deal but to me. I had that feeling of “I’m home”.
Most importantly, driving to work in San Jose and passing by One Infinite Loop before getting on 280 South every day is a reminder of how far I’ve come from a kid who just loved Apple computers and now I get to work in the tech capitol of the world with the best and brightest people at my job. The fact that my employer recognizes the value of having me in California is a testament to my hard work and their trust in me.
So, I’m at our office in San Jose with work around the bay area and the current plan is that I visit California every month through the end of this year. Some trips will be one week and some will be up to a month. After 2014, who knows what will happen. I hope this role continues and while my time in California and in this position is not the only thing I’m working on at the job, it is an important role that I’m taking seriously first and foremost over other California fun-times.
When I’m off the clock though, being in the bay area is so rewarding and so much fun. It makes me a bit homesick for being back here but then I look at home prices in craigslist and sit in traffic on 101 and 580 and then I go to get a simple sub sandwich and I’m in line for 30 minutes and I think…yeah, New Hampshire is just better.
To those who read this blog, I’m in California a lot this year so let’s meet up. Being there temporarily each time also has me trying out a lot of places that were on my list while living there that I never got to do and spending quality time with people 1 on 1 that I only spoke with at tech parties.
I hope to write a bit more this year. Time on airplanes and in corporate apartments gives me time to realize a lot of things and experience them. I’m hoping that free time translates to this blog becoming a lot more interesting.
I took some photos yesterday in Elizabeth, NJ while on a long layover at Newark. Glad I can share them below:
Also, I snapped a photo of Goomba last week that came out great. He’s such a cutie.