Tag Archives: MacBook

iTunes, iCloud

I am a user of Apple Eco System and I pay (willingly) for some “Cloud Storage” services. I also pay for the following devices:

  • Phone
  • Computing Devices (Laptop / Desktop)
  • Streaming Media (Apple TV)
  • Watch

When I say I “pay” for the things above I mean both in terms of money (one time for the devices and recurring for the service(s)) and also time & effort. The time & effort in mind is the more “expensive” part of this whole deal. But the value I get from this is worth it to me.

My digital library consists of:

  • A little over 4K songs (there ar esome duplicates that I need to sort at some point) – stored locally on external drives and in iTunes
  • About 50 movies – in iTunes and, most of them, also in physical DVDs / Blu-Rays
  • “Some” pix – stored on 2 different flickr accounts, iCloud and locally

I do believe I cloud have gone to another camp (Android / Google) had I access to a different Smart Phone when I got my first Smart Phone. I got the iPhone as my first Smart Phone back in 2007. Which was a bit weird because I was one of the last person to get a Cell / Mobile phone that I personally knew. The reason I claim I could have gone to a different camp is that that iPhone was the very first Apple Device I ever owned. Never before that time had I ever personally bought or owned a Apple Product. I did use iTunes (on my PC) to organize & play music.

Since getting my first iPhone I have now switched to MacBook for my laptop (which is also my primary computing device – both personal and for work), iMac for my family Computing Device (which I only get on to keep updated and “clean”) and a Mac Mini for my multi-monitor desktop.

I do consider myself to be an early adopter of “technology” but I do the adoption with the least amount of monetary / financial investment as possible. While I was the first of my friends to get a Smart Phone, I have gotten the fewer actual Phones than most of my friends. Once I get a device I tend to keep it for a while.

– manzoor

Laptop vs Tablet

I have been doing my best to incorporate a “tablet” into my workflow but am still coming out short on a few tasks. Namely:

  • Managing & Arranging my flickr pix
  • Blogging (either WordPress of Blogspot), specially when I am trying to create links
  • Remotely accessing servers via ssh

The ssh access would be very useful but at the same time is NOT the top of my priority.

Other than trying to come up with an excuse so that I can get a new toy / gadget (the tablet is a great gadget), I am really trying to find a way to NOT have to use my phone. I realized a while back that I use the phone for almost everything else more than I use it as a phone (to make or receive actual phone calls). And I do it because I am NOT in front of my laptop. The tablet would be the perfect solution – it’s way more convenient to have around than a laptop while at the same time it has a much bigger screen size than my iPhone.

The only drawback of a tablet – cannot make regular calls 😦 Yes, there are solutions, but none that actually replaces having my phone. If I am going to have to give up on that front, the tablet needs to be significantly more functional that a smart phone. The larger screen size if definitely a good starting point, but not enough.

So, my solution is to get a smaller / lighter laptop. My current laptop, 13″ MacBook Pro, is less than an inch thick, under 13″ x 9″ and weighs less than 5lbs. I newer version would make the laptop about a pound and a half lighter. But would mean forking out $1,500 😦

– manzoor