The in-between time

We’re in that odd, ethereal, in-between time. Christmas is over. The last scraps of turkey gratefully departed, trees and decorations in danger of making their way back into forced hibernation. Friends, family and gatherings temporarily on hold until New Years Eve.

Work, for many of us, remains paused and seemingly further away and less important than ever before.

Time stops.

Pressures ease.

The air cools, and calms.

Another year is ending.

Here’s to an awesome 2014.

Need a Mac? Take to the Air.

MacBook AirI used to build computers. This was quite a while ago, admittedly, but I got into it to such a degree that I had orders from family members and friends flooding in. They all wanted a computer, and they wanted me to build it.

For them, I kept it simple, which meant, generally, they worked. For myself, however, and as any self-confessed geek will tell you, the temptation to get experimental in PC building often overtakes common sense at something approaching light speed.

Looking back, I rarely successfully built myself a computer which was reliable. In fact, the more stuff I added to them, and the more horsepower I tried to crank out of already sweating processors, the more time I had to spend fixing things. It was a long, unproductive and entirely miserable relationship.

I stopped building computers not long after because, frankly, it’s a stupid idea.

Then, some years later, I discovered Apple. This is a company that charges ridiculous sums for their hardware. And I mean bonkers sums. I’ve just been onto their website and configured their top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with stuff I want. By stuff, I mean some warranty, a speedy processor, plenty of memory and a secondary display. £4,042.01, please. For a laptop.

That’s nothing, though. Head to the Mac Pro section, upgrade everything to the max and you end up with a computer approaching thirteen thousand pounds. I’m fairly sure you could buy yourself a small island for similar money.

As a result, and just like 90% of the MacBook Pro line-up, no one can afford these machines. That’s a shame.

Back on planet earth, there is an affordable option. I say affordable – what I actually mean is ‘still massively expensive’, but it is an option which you could conceivably aspire to if you forgo food for a month. For those that must have an Apple computer, the MacBook Air is simply too amazing to ignore.

I bought one myself recently and it’s the first time I’ve ever wanted to lick an inanimate object. I plumped for the 11 inch version which is so tiny it beggars belief. Hold it at eye level parallel to one of it’s sloped sides and you’d be forgiven for thinking it has performed a vanishing trick. Where all the bits are, I have no idea. How it powers on (and stays on for a good 8-10 hours) is absolutely beyond me. Trust me, that’s enough of a review; it’s incredible.

Merry Christmas.