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What exciting times we live in! I had a brand new computer delivered to my door the other day.
I grew up with there always being a PC in the house. I loved making my way through MS-DOS, looking at all the files we had and the folders they were in, and playing Prince Of Persia. My big brother programmed a maths game for me that was based on Silence Of The Lambs. I had to answer maths questions to get back to the asylum, to get the rocket launcher to kill Dr Lecter. On a green screen.
I still remember the glory of our extremely infrequent upgrades: getting Windows 3 and later upgrading to 3.1; upgrading our 386 to, as my brother explained it, the equivalent of a 686, and the miracle that was getting a colour screen to replace our old green screen. Not to mention years later, one of those fandangled screen screens that screened out radiation from attacking your face. And sound blasters! And CD-ROM drives that could burn CDs! And modems that meant I could dial my one friend who also had a modem! Man, things got exciting every few years.
I stuck with PCs, until around 6 years ago when I started recording music on my home computer. And, uh oh, weird things were going on. I could hear a strange hum when I was recording, for no apparent reason. I made the decision to get a Mac. I’d spent my youth chanting for team PC; and I was pretty surprised to be finding myself switching teams. But it was worth it; in mid 2010, I got my first MacBook Pro, and recording music with my analogue synths became easy.
5 years on, my old MacBook started giving me problems. Taking a good 3 or 4 minutes to wake up, phone calls reaching it a minute after the call had already been answered on my iPhone, and then there was the restarting itself whenever it felt like it. I decided it was time to upgrade to a new, mid-2015 15-inch MacBook Pro.
And so, what’s the new one like? The best thing for me yet is IT’S FAST. I felt gleeful when I was installing a program, was shown a dialogue box that said “all open applications must be closed for the installation”. When I hit “close all”, BAM, they all closed in an instant!! (2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16GB RAM 1600 MHz DDR3. Apple will get the next generation of processors next year.)
Which brings me to the next point: this new MacBook has a solid state hard drive. I never realised how much I listened to the computer’s sounds and felt its buzzing for feedback, to know that it’s thinking. Having a virtually silent laptop is really strange. (I upgraded from 500gb to 1TB flash drive. Recorded music files are big.)
THE SPEAKERS ARE STEREO! AND they actually have BASS and depth! I was pretty impressed with the sound. It’s still crappy laptop speaker sound, but considering, it’s very impressive!!
There’s also this new “force touch” trackpad. I think it’s early days for what can be done with this feature. So far, I haven’t come across a list longer than 15 things for what it can be used for. Give it another couple of years, and the Apple genies and app developers will come up with some amazing things. For now, it’s most often cutting out needing to tap with 2 fingers to bring up the “right click” menu, and then selecting options from there. I guess it’s making things slightly more intuitive. Considering the same technology (which uses haptic feedback, rather than actually clicking) is also in the new iPhone 6s and the iWatch, seeing what uses app developers come up with is going to be very interesting.
The battery life is 4-5 hours, if I don’t have anything external plugged in to suck the MacBook’s power away. Since my old laptop battery was down to 45-60 minutes, this is luxury to me. And they’ve removed the CD-ROM drive, so the thing is lighter and slimmer. I bought the external CD drive, and it works great. It’s nice that I can just plug it in only when I need it.
And finally, it’s got a retina screen. Which….is cool, I guess. I didn’t fall off my chair when I looked at the screen the first time, but I think that’s more of a reflection on me not being such a visual person, as opposed to this retina screen not being awesome. Hell, I don’t even know what “retina” means in this instance, and also I don’t really care. (Graphics processor Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB)
When I was backing up my old MacBook and choosing which files to copy over to the new one, I found myself coming across random copies of photos that the computer had decided to make. That’s something that still frustrates me about Macs: the secretive nature with which it stores certain files. I can understand if they want to hide system files so that computer illiterates don’t delete them by mistake. But they make it so hard to find any files in the iTunes and photo library. It doesn’t feel logical to me! And it totally makes me miss the days of DOS where trundling through directories was easy and logically organised.
So, thank you Apple for making a lovely product for me to use everyday for work and pleasure. I wonder what features my next computer in 5 years time will have. Considering we have only had smart phones for 8 years and life has changed so drastically so fast, I am eager to know what the technology of the future will be!
Media Release: Thursday October 1
Arena brings you new and returning seasons
Express from the US this November!
Vanderpump Rules S4
The Real Housewives of Atlanta S8
Untying the Knot S2
Foxtel is heating up with sizzling new and returning seasons including Vanderpump Rules season four, The Real Housewives of Atlanta season eight, Untying the Knot season two and the newest luxury travel series Après Ski, all screening Express from the US this November on Arena.
In the scandalous and scintillating fourth season of Vanderpump Rules, premiering Tuesday November 3 at 8:30pm, Lisa Vanderpump and her sexy current and former SUR staffers find that as everyone grows up, their triumphs, failures, makeups and breakups have only gotten bigger and badder. Lisa is joined once again by Jax Taylor, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz and Kristen Doute, along with James Kennedy. On a mission to keep SUR one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, Lisa is faced with the ongoing challenge of controlling her disorderly bartenders, servers, hostesses and bussers. Jax is trying – and failing – to overcome his impulsive nature and stay on his best behaviour for his new girlfriend(s), while Kristen’s troubles with boyfriend James land her in uncharted relationship waters. Meanwhile, as Tom Sandoval and Ariana’s relationship grows deeper, some of their closest friendships shatter. For Katie and Tom Schwartz, a big step forward in their relationship involves a ring without a string, but first they must deal with the lingering issues between them. Newly married, Scheana quickly begins to fear her marriage may be on the rocks when she learns her husband has been keeping secrets. To top it off, the group’s world is turned upside down when a major player from their past re-emerges to settle unresolved scores.
The highs and lows then continue on the slopes in Arena’s newest luxury travel series Après Ski which premieres Tuesday November 3 at 9:30pm. When the rich and famous want the ultimate winter ski vacation, they head to the posh resort town of Whistler, British Columbia, where breathtaking mountain adventures are rivalled only by extravagant off-slope festivities. Hoping to take the après scene to a new level is Canadian hospitality mogul Joey Gibbons, who recently launched travel concierge business Gibbons Life aimed at redefining the tourism industry. To achieve this lofty goal, Joey has recruited a dream team of dynamic staff members to orchestrate unforgettable experiences; from backcountry heli-skiing and steamy hot springs spa treatments; to fine dining in the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, no request is too outrageous. Bobby Crowder, Lynsey Dyer, Charlotte Fenton, Kendra Larkin, Tamara Moore, Jim Sced and Elise Wims have put their lives on hold, traveling from far and wide to take a chance on Joey’s vision. But when the chairlifts go up and the ‘shotskis’ go down, the sexy staffers will bump heads and break hearts. With only one winter season to make it or break it, Joey is putting his reputation on the line to reimagine old-fashioned ski vacations and establish the premiere luxury tourism company in town.
Your favourite Georgia peaches are back for another epic season when The Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres Monday November 9 at 8:30pm. Returning cast members include Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams, who are joined by new housewife and pop culture icon Kim Fields. Appearing in recurring roles are Shereè Whitfield and newcomer Shamea Morton. After months of overcoming numerous hurdles to conceive, Kandi and Todd are ecstatic to welcome their first child together. However, Kandi is faced with juggling the highs and lows of pregnancy coupled with a busy life as a hard-working career woman. Ready for her fresh start, Kenya has decided to build the ultimate dream home, “Moore Manor,” all while continuing her quest for love. Meanwhile, Cynthia is on-the-go more than ever, but unsettling rumours surrounding her marriage threaten to cause a strain on her relationship with Peter. With Apollo still incarcerated, Phaedra adjusts to life as a single mother while maintaining her successful career, including potentially purchasing her first funeral home. Embracing a new chapter, Porsha is currently dating a new beau as her business ventures continue to thrive. Actress and director Kim Fields joins the ladies this season and although she is new to the mix, she is no stranger to the spotlight. Fan favourite Shereè Whitfield is back on the scene, while newcomer Shamea Morton joins these feisty Southern ladies for another unforgettable season.
Premiering on Thursday November 12 at 10pm is season two of Untying the Knot with celebrity divorce attorney and expert mediator Vikki Ziegler. Vikki travels the country using her distinct brand of honest, empathetic and to-the-point communication to help couples ‘divorce with dignity’ through mediation. This season, Vikki works with divorcing couples who are deadlocked in divvying up their most-prized possessions ranging from the family pet pig to a Lamborghini. Expert appraisers Michael and Mark Millea evaluate the items in contention so Vikki can determine a fair, equitable division of assets. Why let a judge decide your fate when this ‘divorce diva’ can cut through all the drama? In addition to divorce mediations, season two showcases Vikki’s clients navigating many other intricate legal topics surrounding marriage and relationships including the 20 questions every couple should answer before they get married, pre-nuptial/cohabitation agreements and legal procedures for women who want to freeze their eggs and maintain sole control over them.
Express from the US this November on Arena:
Vanderpump Rules season four premiers Tuesday November 3 at 8:30pm
Après Ski premieres Tuesday November 3 at 9:30pm
The Real Housewives of Atlanta season eight premieres Monday November 9 at 8:30pm
Untying the Knot season two premieres Thursday November 12 at 10pm