You guys are officially awesome. Thanks to all of you that provided camera suggestions a few weeks back. I went with the majority suggestion, which was the Canon S95. I bought it on Amazon for $399, and got a 16GB memory card ($28) and camera case with it ($8). Given that shipping is free and there’s no sales tax through Amazon, I’d say I got quite a good deal.
Then I asked for feedback about a new laptop. I’ve been a PC guy all my life, though finally decided I’d go with a Mac. Originally I was going to go with the MacBook Pro, though there’s a new version coming out in a few weeks, and my current laptop wasn’t going to last that much longer. Instead, I went with the top of the line 13″ MacBook Air, based on the suggestions you guys provided.
It was more than I wanted to spend, but all the reviews were amazing. Given that I probably work 14 hours a day on my laptop, I decided I shouldn’t be too cheap about a new laptop. So in the end, the MacBook Air cost me just under $1,700, and I also bought an external drive ($79) and ethernet adapter ($29). I ordered it through macmall.com, which offers free shipping, plus three bonus miles per dollar spent through the American AAdvantage shopping mall.
So while I’m not usually much of a tech guy, I had a huge smile on my face when I got home on Friday and saw my new, compact technology. I’m the guy that never wants anything for Christmas (because I really have everything I want), so in that sense, this was the most “material” stuff I’ve ever gotten.
I went from having a brick of a laptop and a huge camera to this:
I’ll provide a more in-depth review after I’ve had more of a chance to play with my new laptop and camera, though thus far I’ve been insanely impressed. I’m not a tech guy so won’t rattle off facts of which I don’t know the significance, though I will say this: the computer is insanely light, insanely small, insanely fast, and has insanely good battery life (I got nearly seven hours of web browsing out of it over the weekend). Best of all, it recharges completely in only a couple of hours. I think I’m in love.
The Canon S95 has been amazing as well. I have to put no effort into taking clear pictures, even in low light conditions (like airplanes).
What more could I ask for? Can’t wait to put my new technology to work on my big trip in a couple of weeks (and yes, I’ll be revealing the details of that very, very shortly).
So thanks again for all the suggestions. The good news (or bad news, if you really don’t like my blog) is that I’ll be dedicating most of my time onboard planes now to writing blog posts.
Thanks again for all the suggestions, I couldn’t be happier about my new technology.