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A New Sandwich (article)! Finally!



I know it has been a really long time since I have published anything here and I really have no excuse. But, I will offer up a couple of lame ones anyway…

I have been very busy at work. I have been travelling quite a bit. I just spaced it out. My dog ate it. I have more important things to do.

Probably the excuse that gets closest to the truth, however, is this simple fact: Facebook has made me lazy.

After all, why should I struggle to come up with something witty and creative when I can just post a sentence or two on Facebook?

Mike Jacquard

Woke up and went to work. Then came home and surfed Facebook to see if anyone “liked” my last post.

Monday at 7:20pm · Friends Only · Like ·

Anyway, normally I would write an article to try to catch everyone up on what has happened during the long time between articles but this time I thought I would just start fresh. So, here goes.

After years of resisting the constant pressure and evangelism from the geeks and nerds (read: REALLY smart folks that work for me in web development), I have finally bought a Mac computer.

Not just one, either.

I had always heard that Macs were very user friendly and easy to learn, and having grown weary of having my quiet solitude pierced with screams of, “Piece of crap computer! Come ONNNN,” I decided to replace my wife’s Windows machine with a MacBook. So, I took off work early one afternoon and set out to make the leap.

I had every intention of just picking up a basic MacBook.

Unfortunately, I began to over-think the problem.

Figuring that my daughter’s computer was also nearing the end of its life cycle, I went ahead and decided to replace it as well. I further reasoned that the aluminum body would be more durable, the I5 processor supported longer than the Core 2 Duo and would have a fair life cycle of 3-5 years, thus getting my little girl at least halfway through college.

So, the MacBook became a 13” MacBook Pro.

Times two.

Then I could not get my brain to just shut the F up and accept the purchase of two not inexpensive laptops. No, it just kept going like a train wreck. I couldn’t look away.

I have to admit, my new 15” MacBook Pro is pretty cool.

“I’m a Mapple Person!” – Lisa Simpson

Now I am finding out that Mac ownership is not without additional cost. There’s converting all your Windows-based software over to Mac (sure, you can install Parallels or Boot Camp or some other program to allow you to run your Windows stuff, but what’s the point of making the switch then?). Then there’s getting a compatible back-up system in place, accessories like airline power adaptors, mini-DVI to HDMI adaptor, protective cases, Apple Care, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. Not to mention the time it takes to learn all of this.

Thankfully, Apple people are legion. It’s more than a cult, it’s a religion! So I have no shortage of tech support readily available as proselytizing by Apple fanatics puts even Jehovah’s Witnesses to shame. Every problem one of my very supportive web guys helps me with is another chance to push an Apple product or add-on, thus increasing the coffer of the Almighty Steve (Jobs).

Funny, though…

Facebook doesn’t look any different than it did on my 16.5” Vaio.

‘Til the next time (hopefully not quite as long), remember…

Life is a Sandwich. Eat it Up!


  1. Godfrey says:

    Welcome to the cult.

  2. Rich Johns says:

    Resist….RESIST…..Too LATE !!!

  3. Dave Bass says:

    Mike! Glad to see your computer problems are over Mate! Welcome to the club! Sitting here in East Tennessee thinking about y’all over there. Missing the Real Ale and warm Pubs…Been too long! Wanted to check out your old website since I have not seen it in a long time, glad to see you are still updating it. Tell everyone hey for me over there and hope to see y’all again sometime. Added any new Mac stuff to your collection lately? Once you go MAC you never go back!! Cheers Mate! Dave

  4. Ron Johansen says:

    Figgered you’d gone Apple by now. Bout time! Just bought myself a 13” MacBook Pro, and one of the 5th Gen iPod Touch recently.

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