11-Inch MacBook Air Review

I am writing this post on my brand spanking new 11-inch MacBook Air. I’m not the sort of person who just goes out and buys things either, I have to have a need for it. Ever since selling the business last week I’ve been working around the house fitting in a bit of blogging when I could squeeze it in. I’ve also been buying and selling shares to earn a bit of income but this has kept me tied to the computer so I needed something portable that wasn’t too big that I could have used my iTouch but that’s a bit small and flash won’t work on it so I wouldn’t be able to check the interactive charts.

I was thought about buying the iPad as I’ve played around with a mates but decided against it as I wasn’t comfortable with the touch screen keyboard. While looking around JB Hi-Fi I saw the MacBook Air and it looked like it would do the trick. The price for the 64GB version was $1199, decided against the 128GB one because I thought an extra $300 was a bit much for the extra memory, especially when you consider the price of memory chips these days. I know I probably could have got the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop
cheaper on Amazon, but like I said, I didn’t want to wait, I wanted it now!

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I didn’t go online because I wanted it now so I went down to David Jones, one of our major department stores, where I knew I would get 10% discount as my son worked there. I paid my $1080 dollars and rushed on home. Now for the review.

I Love It! Now that’s something coming from a bloke who’s always used a PC. The fact that I’ve only just unpacked it and played around with it for an hour or so just goes to show how easy it is to use. There was no problem configuring it for my homes Wi-Fi, all I had to do was input the password. Once I got that working I drove down to McDonald’s to see if it would pick up their Wi-Fi. While I was in line waiting to order my burgers I opened it up and I saw a little box asking if I wanted to connect to Macca’s Wi-Fi to which I said yes and there was an instant connection. How cool is that? That solves that problem.

The trouble is there aren’t all that many places around here that offer free Wi-Fi so I bought a mobile wireless broadband package. Once again setting it up was easy and I can now connect to the Internet and do my trades even when I am out of the house. I have to admit that having everything go right without any hiccups is not something that I am used to so I’m sure that is one of the reason why I love my new toy.

Sure there are some things that I have to get used to, like finding out that opening a new tab in Safari meant using the Command + T shortcut keys and opening a new page is as simple as Command + N, so a two key shortcut is pretty good in my book.

Another thing I like about the Mac is purely cosmetics and may be personal preference. What I’m talking about is the way pages open and minimize. Instead of just disappearing like they do in XP they sort of fold up collapsing into the menu bar along the bottom and pop up the same way. Sort of like a genie popping in and out of it’s magic lamp.

There is so much more new things that I haven’t sussed out yet and maybe I should read the manual, but then that may ruin my sense of discovery. One thing to keep in mind is I would not recommend this as your main computer, it just does not have the power for it. But if you want something that is light, compact and easy to use you won’t go wrong with the MacBook Air. Hell I can now take it with me anywhere with the knowledge that not only can I follow the shares on the stock market, I can even whip up a post no matter where I am.

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How Would You Like To Win An Apple iPad?

You may well remember the post where I gave MyLikes The Thumbs Up, well it seems that it’s time for a followup post because things are stirring in the world of MyLikes. That post explained how easy it was to make money with MyLikes but it seems that I wasn’t using it to it’s full potential. You see, I was only relying on the money that I could earn by tweeting a link, but as we all know the amount of people who see any particular tweet is limited to those of your followers who are online at the time.

Since then I’ve decided to put a small code in my sidebar, one that is adjustable so that it can fit most themes, which will display my latest MyLikes thereby increasing it’s exposure and consequently their earning potential.

I also found that I got paid for my first referral, a whole $4, which proves that they are true to their word. Although other people may have signed up using my link I didn’t get paid because they did not fulfill all the following requirements.

Detailed Rules: We only payout for influencers who satisfy the following conditions:

  • They must be from the United States, Great Britian, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia or Canada.
  • The number of Twitter followers must be more than the number of people they are following.
  • Their Twitter account must be at least 120 days old.
  • They complete the influencer profile on MyLikes.
  • They create at least one Sponsored Like on MyLikes.
  • Referral bonus reversed if the Influencer is found to be spam/fake twitter account.

The last two months they’ve been giving away an Apple iPad to whoever signed up the most influencers, and silly me never tried for it. Truth be told I don’t really have the time, but perhaps one of you have. Why not give it a shot, especially as how it’s absolutely free to join. Let’s not also forget the potential for adding to your income stream which is a nice little bonus.

Just so you know the team behind MyLikes arn’t your normal backyard newbie who don’t know what they’re doing. The dynamic trio consists of Bindu Reddy;

Before starting MyLikes, Bindu was a Google Apps product lead and was in-charge of various Google products including Blogger, Google Docs, Video and Shopping. Previously at Google, Bindu created Google Base and spearheaded the introduction of Quality Score into the AdWords bidding system. Previous to Google, Bindu was the Director of Product Management at Elance. She has a master’s degree from Dartmouth and an B.Tech degree from IIT, Mumbai.

Arvind Sandararajan;

Before starting MyLikes, Arvind was most recently in-charge of Google AdSense engineering. Previously at Google, Arvind led engineering teams for Gmail and Google Base. He was one of the very few people who received not one, but two prestigious Founders awards for his work on AdSense and Gmail. Previous to Google, Arvind held key engineering roles in BEA and Marimba. Arvind has a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford and an B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Mumbai.

And last but not least, David Scacco;

Before joining MyLikes, David was an active angel investor and startup advisor. He worked at Google From 2000 – 2007 and holds the distinction of being the company’s first advertising sales executive. In his role as Director of the Vertical Markets Group David was responsible for building and managing an all-star team, which provided marketers with industry specific expertise. He and his team built successful advertising partnerships with many of the world’s best known brands and advertising agencies, as well as some of the fastest growing medium-sized companies. He also won a Google Founders award. Previous to Google he was a Director of Business Development at Ziff-Davis Media and Vice President of Marketing at Express Direct. He has a B.S. from Northern Illinois University.

Pretty impressive qualifications if you ask me, and with that sort of background you would expect MyLikes to grow as time goes on and as everybody knows, it’s best to hop on early if you want to get the best ride. If you haven’t joined yet it’s not too late to get in on the action.

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