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Upgrade Or Delay

These days, upgrades are always more frequent than we can afford them to be. With added features, faster processors, and better apps, the new technology is becoming more and more difficult to pass up. The names of the devices are even becoming more exciting...the Skyrocket, Wildfire, Amaze, Galaxy S II, the Transfix...and, those are just the cell phones. With the holiday seasons coming up, can we, should we, resist the urge to "upgrade?"

There are many upgrades that are just new toys. There are others that are needed. Recently, our original MacBook Air had to go in for repair. Since the item needing repair was on a recall list, there is no cost, except for the wait to ship it out and back again. However, it brought up a discussion my wife and I have been having for a couple of months now...when will we upgrade that machine? It has started to show its age and first-of-its-kind technology. Video plays choppy; websites load slower; and, the self-upgrade path is non-existent...2GB of memory is not what it used to be.

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Windows 7 - Had to Have It

Since many people I know have a Windows machine of some sort, I have maintained a couple a Windows machines in the house even after moving to a Mac for my main system. It is not like I didn't really like Windows itself. I actually like editing the registry, working with the newest Office version, and finding efficiencies in memory usage. However, it really got to be too much. I was spending more time with the intricacies of the system than enjoying the technology itself. I also grew increasingly tired of trying to find reliable anti-virus software that wasn't going to increase greatly in cost after the initial term was exhausted. While I decided to move to the Mac OS, I could not give up using Windows.

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Lion has entered the building...

That's right, we've joined the over 1 million people who downloaded and installed the new Apple OS, Lion. This time, even though I downloaded it very late on the day it was released, I waited a day before installing it. I didn't want it to take up too much of my time like most upgrades do. So, after dinner, I opened the Mac App Store and clicked the $29.99 Price button...I switched to the purchased tab to watch the download progress...At first it indicated over 3 hours on the wireless connection. So, I moved the machine upstairs and connected directly to the router...still over 2 hours. Thank goodness the MacBook Pro has a long battery life. There was no need to watch the download, so I went about the normal nightly routine.

Close to 2 1/2 hours later, the download was complete. Since it was too late, I decided to wait and make sure most of the programs I had were actually working with Lion. So, I followed the instructions from TUAW to create a boot disc and shut down. I had backed up and updated all I could for Snow Leopard earlier that day, so it was set and time to rest.

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