Future Computing

I used to use my computers so much, installing this and that, altering every setting, that I ended up reinstalling their operating systems many many times just to reset everything. And later on, I would assemble my computers from parts, researching the CPUs, the motherboards, the graphics and sound cards, the RAM chips, the hard-drives, the cooling fans, and the power supplies and cases.

So after years of dealing with computer issues, I quit. I now use an iPad — that’s it. Okay, I also use an external bluetooth keyboard for typing. Oh and once in awhile, on very rare occasions, I pull my laptop out of the drawer. It’s been about a year since I made the switch and I love it — frankly it feels futuristic.

No more expensive clunky software with endless system-wide updates requiring restarts, no looming threat of virus infections, now it’s a simple one-stop shop for app purchases, automatic backups to the Cloud, a device I can easily replace if necessary, a portable computer I can use in bed — the future is now! There’s spreadsheets, word processing, photo/video editing, video chat, books, music, faxing, printing, basic technical drawing and 3D design, maps, news, shopping, games, web browsing, TV shows and movies — it’s all there.

Prior to the aforementioned laptop, I had mostly used large Windows-based desktop computers with big monitors. The laptop, an 11″ Apple MacBook Air, was amazing when it came out — tiny and fast, with a sold-state hard-drive, no more spinning platters! After a few hard-drive failures over the years, I strongly disliked the fragility of mechanical drives with all their high-speed spinning. At first, the laptop was a pleasant transition out of the Windows world and into the Apple atmosphere, but it actually became a smooth transition to the tablet.

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