Thursday, December 27, 2007

Mac VS. PC

Before Christmas, I am generally asked one question: "Which should I buy, a Mac or a PC?"

Now in the old days, prior to 2000, I would have easily said a PC. Windows wasn't the greatest, but Apple didn't have their act together enough to warrant a purchase. I occasionally used a Mac and loved it, but finding ample support for them was like finding a needle in a haystack. But that was before 2000.

Then came Mac OS X in 2001 and everything changed. The computer world seemed a little brighter. I admit that I didn't jump on the bandwagon right away. I was still content with my blue screens of death and enjoyed the memory hiccups every time I opened an application. However, the more I experienced the new Mac OS, the more I loved it.

Then the inevitable happened - I switched my allegiance. I considered the arguments and for the past six years have recommended purchasing a Mac. Why? Performance. The Mac outperforms the PC. Plus, support time for the PC is far greater than the Mac. The cute Apple commercials don't lie.

Those who took my advice have been pleasantly surprised. Sure, there's a little learning curve, but it's pretty much smooth sailing afterward.

Is a Mac right for every one? No, it is not. But I would rather take my chances on a Mac anyday compared to a PC.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Graduation: A New Challenge

Saturday, December 15th began with a quiet excitedness in the air. My wife, I, and our boys would soon be meeting our good friends, Misawa and his wife, for lunch. Soon thereafter, we would join Misawa in the celebration of a long-awaited journey. He would be graduating from college with a 4-year engineering degree. There was much to celebrate.

As I have gotten older, I've taken the time to look for meaning beyond what I see on the surface of life. For instance, Misawa graduated not only with fellow students from the United States, but with students from other nations. Yes, there were students who earned their diplomas from such places as China, Kenya, Nigeria, Latin America, and Iran.

I found it wonderfully amazing that these students, from near and far, came here to earn their degree. They came here in pursuit of opportunity; opportunities they probably wouldn't have in their home countries. Yet with their diplomas, they can now pursue opportunities any where in the world. May God richly bless them.

Misawa - You've persevered and finished one of many races yet to come. As one journey ends, another begins. Remember, keep God and family first and don't ever let work embroil your life. Lastly, never lose the love of adventure...

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Movies and Music

Listed are my favs for Christmas movies/shows and music:

5. A Christmas Carol [classic version]
4. It's a Wonderful Life - Jimmy Stewart was incredible in this movie!
3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - "...that's cause bumbles bounce!"
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas - I get teary-eyed every time Linus quotes from Luke...
1. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas - both cartoon and Ron Howard's film

There are only two Christmas albums I listen to over and over again.
2. A Muppet's Christmas with John Denver
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi