Apple can be so annoying sometimes. Case in point: The Macbook is barely four months old and already it is twice removed from the latest version. Granted, the new Macbook looks exactly like my Macbook, but it has been considerably beefed up since the last release.
I didn't mind the initial hardware bump (from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz) that I missed by a few days because The Macbook came with a 15k yen discount (roughly 6k pesos). But this new upgrade just adds so much overall it's no longer funny. For starters, you get a processor speed bump from 2.2Ghz to 2.4Ghz. Then, for mid-range white books, you get an additional 40Gb of hard disk space; 90 if you have the black book. AND a freaking extra gig of RAM. For the same price!!! How unfair is that!?! Again, Apple can be so annoying sometimes.
Having said that, I still love The Macbook, even if it's a few bumps away from becoming a "classic." And I am still wanting that Time Capsule. And the 32Gb iPod touch. Annoying as Apple is, it does deliver.
20 February 2008 Et cetera
Taste test: which Coke variant performs the best?
The judges: moi, and two other Coke drinkers from The Office (boyfriend was disqualified because his opinions differ from ours),
The results: Coke classic - the classic (supposedly) top-secret Coke recipe. Coke light - light on the taste. It's like watered-down Coke. Or soda-watered down Coke. Coke zero - zero taste, zero carbonation (is there such a word?). It's what you get when you add some sugar to Coke light and then leave the bottle open for half a day.
The sweeteners: Coke classic - good old sugar. Coke light and Coke zero - combination of aspartame and acesulfame pottasium. Aspartame is rumored to be carcinogenic and is linked to the formation of brain tumors. It can also stimulate the appetite and trigger craving for carbs, so it may actually bring in the pounds instead of keeping them away.
The verdict: I heart my full-fat Coke. Preferably in an ice bag with a plastic straw a la sari-sari store.
17 February 2008 Et cetera
This moving thing is creating quite a big dent in my wallet. Apparently my tiny tiny room with the new bed has some space left for a tiny tiny cabinet to contain my junk. The original plan was to buy a plastic set of drawers, but I saw this wooden closet for kids and it was so neat so I decided to get that instead. The problem was I had to assemble it myself. So I had to drag the boyfriend to my tiny tiny room to help me assemble the tiny tiny cabinet. It took us quite some time to finish because the first time we interchanged the top and bottom part so we had to redo the entire thing. What can I say, we weren't made for manual labor. For the record, the darned thing didn't come with instructions, and we were quite successful in the end. The boyfriend insisted I take a picture with him inside because he helped pick it out and schlepp it to the house and assemble it (twice).
After months of scheming and planning, the Moleskine has finally arrived. I would have gotten this months ago if only The Office allowed personal deliveries. I have tried everything from scouring the bookstores for any remaining stock to convincing friends who worked for nicer, more lenient companies to receive the delivery for me, to finally resorting to having it delivered to the boyfriend's house (of course now he wouldn't stop nagging me about spending too much money for a tiny tiny notebook). Now if only I could find the perfect pen to write on a Moleskine with...
14 February 2008 Tech
Or at least that's the hope. Apple released a major update of Leopard (10.5.2) which promises, among other things, to "resolve certain kernel panics" associated with the Airport card.
I have had three kernel panics so far (Nish, the Macbook, is a bit over three months old), and all are Airport-card related, from the very little that I could gather from the panic logs. If you're running Leopard, you can view your panic logs in /Library/Logs/PanicReporter.
Apparently the Macbook is not so cozy with non-Apple routers (which is a good justification for buying a Time Capsule). I am unable to replicate the kernel panics, though, and it has been driving me nuts (the inability to reproduce the error, not the error itself - it's the dv engineer in me).
Anyway, I hope I won't be seeing the black screen of horror anytime soon, or else it's a trip to the Apple store for me.