Owning a few Macs for a number of years now, I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re far better than PCs in almost every aspect. The design, the functionality, even the OS. Sometimes a closed system is far better than renting everything out and making it an open system. Control over everything means a finished product, with almost no loose ends. And that’s what a Mac is.
And though they’re better than PCs, they still haven’t grown in popularity worldwide. Why?
The primary reason for this is that Apple’s products have this reputation of having horrendously high prices worldwide. Walk into a cafe, in say, San Francisco, and you’ll find that a majority of the people using a laptop there are using a Mac. That’s because they’re able to afford one, or sometimes even more than that.
Worldwide, not many people have that sort of money. In the United States, we can buy Apple products direct from the nearest Apple Stores. But the fact is that there just aren’t many Apple Stores in the world. There are more Apple Authorized Resellers, those small shops that have been authorized by Apple to resell their products with a raise in the original price to make a profit. They also need to import the products from elsewhere, and that leads to import costs.
Combining all of that, you get an Apple product that’s way out of the reach of most of the people in the developing countries across the world. For example, the company could definitely have a huge market in India, but they don’t. Because their prices put their products out of reach of most of the population.
People just make do with PCs. If they can’t afford something better, they’re willing to stick with what works and what serves the purpose it’s meant to serve. Obviously, Macs work a lot better. But if something has the basic essentials, they don’t look for better. They merely seek out what they can use to suit their own needs, which oftentimes aren’t very much.
They simply don’t want to spend their money on high-end stuff.
There are more than a few PC manufacturers worldwide. Lots, actually. Apple isn’t very popular worldwide, though that’s changing, albeit slowly. The thing is, PCs are still far cheaper than Macs. People would be willing to buy it because it does what they want it to do.
So they go for it.
And you see that Microsoft still dominates worldwide.
A few months ago, my beloved step-father passed away. I loved him more than my real father.
He was everything to me. He showed me how to live. He showed me how to never let anything bog you down. He showed me how to see the sun in between all the dark clouds. He walked with me, cried with me, laughed with me, played with me. He was around for me during my entire childhood when my real father was not. He was my daddy.
And then he went. Went away to heaven. Because of a car accident.
And I would never get to see him again, never get to hold his hand, never get to walk with him.
When I found out about that, I think I died a little inside. I contemplated jumping out of a window, I was so grieved and miserable. I did not want to do this because of suicidal feelings, I did this because I wanted to be with him, wherever he was.
I like to think I know what pain feels like, because I’ve gone through a lot of it myself and because I know what sadness, misery, and despair it. Part of this understanding comes from the fact that I knew at a young age everyone around me would die, and I would too, eventually. Part of it comes from the fact that I am a psychology student. Part of it comes from my personal experiences.
I don’t normally post personal things here, unless they are of relevance to others. In fact, I dare say people on the internet know very little about me at all.
So I guess I may be writing this to obtain a bit more closure.
And I know not everyone has probably dealt with the passing of a loved one so dear to them as my father was to me, but to those that have, you can make it through, no matter how sad you may be.
I mentioned above that I knew at a young age everyone around me would die and I eventually would helped me to deal with the fact that death is as natural as being born. It is a part of the vicious cycle of life that is governed by Mother Nature. And it is a part of the cycle of balance on our planet. If no one died, the planet would be flooded. If no one lived, the planet would be bare and empty. Nature abhors a vacuum, and Nature tries to achieve a balance in everything. If you put those two together, it equals creation and destruction. And I know scientifically speaking, there is no creation and destruction. But there is a death and there is a birth.
Growing up with a series called Harry Potter taught me that Death will come for you, one way or another. It is inevitable. The thing is, you’re not truly alone in this world. You’re probably never truly alone. And that is by far the most important thing Harry Potter as a series has taught me. When someone dies, they will be gone physically. But their spirit and their memory lives on, and with that to guide you, how can you be truly alone? You embody that spirit, and you carry on their memory. Their memory will be more than enough to give you strength to face life’s many obstacles. And in the case of Harry James Potter, the memory of his parents and those he loved and cared about gave him enough strength to walk to what he assumed was his death.
You should never be afraid of dying. Because when Death comes for you, treat him like an old friend. When you know you’re going to die, and when you can fully accept the fact that no one will live forever, no matter how hard they try, you become a true master of Death. You can be safe in the knowledge that you will leave someone behind, someone that though you may not know it, will carry on your spirit and your memory.
Writing all of this reminds me of one of my favorite songs in the history of my favorite songs, called “Welcome to the Black Parade”, by My Chemical Romance. It is from the album The Black Parade, which deals with the concept of death and living on, according to me.
These lines particularly stand out.
Went through it all, the rise and fall,
The bodies in the streets.
And when your gone we want you all to know…
We’ll carry on,
We’ll carry on.
And though you’re dead and gone, believe me,
Your memory will carry on.
It stands as a true testament to the fact that no matter how far away a loved one may be, you are always there to carry on their memory.
To my father, wherever he is, I want you to know that you will be missed by every person that knew you on this planet. You were amazing to me. You were my daddy. I will be here to carry on your memory.
And when I’m gone, someone else will carry on both of our memories.
Yeah, so I have not been on here in a while. I promise I will, sooner or later, make more posts and as many as I can. That probably won’t be for a while, though, because I have my term finals coming up soon, and all I can think of doing is studying.
Anyhow, this shall not stop a very determined me from wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving! As for what I’m thankful for…well, I’ve been thinking about that. I can’t really decide. I guess I’m just thankful I’m alive and happy. Happiness is a very important thing, you know. Without it, you feel like you’re missing a part of you, a little something that you want but feel so lost you don’t know how to get. You feel empty.
Yeah, it feels good to be happy.
Enjoy your turkey! (And if you’re a vegetarian, enjoy whatever you’re eating today!)
Happy Thanksgiving again, America. Be careful tomorrow. Don’t be crushed or anything in the crowds. Call me crazy, but I’m not going shopping this year. I’ve already ordered most Christmas presents off Amazon, because I’m a very lazy person and I don’t have time to go out.
Hm. On second thought, a new pair of headphones and a new iPhone charger won’t hurt…
By the way, if you’re big on alternative rock, give New Born by Muse a try. It’s been roaming around in my head for days and I just can’t seem to get it out. Bellamy does one sweet riff.
And yes, I’m working on fixing my sidebar. I have absolutely no idea what’s happened to it. Last I checked, the HTML was good. Maybe I’ll have to rewrite the code. Check back later, it will probably be fine in a few hours.
Oh, and I might be doing some tech-related posts here, but that does not give the technophobes an excuse to shy away. Stick around. You might like what you see.
A while ago, in the New York Times, this article was published.
Actually, it wasn’t a while ago, it was more than a few months ago. I was simply browsing through my read-later archives on Instapaper and found it. I re-read it, and for the second time began to imagine what dealing with something as important as this would be like.
It may seem like any ordinary report on top, but when you actually get down to reading it, it sounds as good as a suspense story.
Believe me, this article is more than an eye-opener. Go through it. Click here.
It’s been written by Bill Keller, who himself dealt with the massive trove of the WikiLeaks documents.
Side note – I don’t post very often on this blog anymore, because I’m extremely busy in life with college and other stuff at the moment. However, if you would like proof I am still alive, you can follow me on Twitter at @EverydayMuser. Or, if you’re interested in tech, I have another blog here. For not-regular-readers, this blog is actually where I post well thought out stuff, and write more than decently. I think.
I have a question for you.
How many of you pay attention to the About pages on your blog/site/webpage?
For me…well, let’s just say I’m absolutely horrible at telling others about myself in print in more than two lines. Absolutely horrible. I mean, if you looked at my “About Ashley” page now, and if you looked at it like, a few months ago, the difference would be apparent. I think I’ve gotten better at introducing myself, but I still ramble way too much.
As a blogger/web designer, a crucial piece of advice I can give you is to keep the aforementioned page updated as you go through life. An About page exists for a reason: to tell the world what you are right now. People (or at least I) go through that page expecting to find up-to-date information. I’ve been through blogs where the About page has spelling errors akin to those a ten-year old would make, but the recent writing and posts are actually much, much better than the page.
On one hand, your writing is of superb quality. On the other, your About page looks like it was written during the more immature periods of your life. You can imagine the kind of impression people/world would get from that.
Do yourself a favor, save yourself the embarrassment, and go through your About page changing whatever you feel needs changing or updating. Don’t forget to change that “I’m 16” to “I’m 19”. It makes a difference, believe me.
Written on an extremely long, torturous, boring, plane journey with no WiFi. Forgive the almost broken chain of thought. Also, this is my shortest post on this blog.
This is a poem I adore. It’s beautifully written, and it has a deep meaning. It may seem simple and direct to most of you, but I assure you, it isn’t. It is a masterpiece, and it has grown to become one of my favorite poems. You may have to read it over and over again to understand it, but when you do discover the meaning, it will affect you. The effect will manifest itself in the subtlest of ways; but it will be there.
Your life is your life,
Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
Be on the watch.
There are ways out,
There is a light somewhere,
It may not be much light,
But it beats the darkness.
Be on the watch.
The Gods will offer you chances,
You can’t beat death,
But you can beat death in life, sometimes,
And the more often you learn to do it,
The more light there will be.
Your life is your life,
Know it while you have it,
You are marvelous,
The Gods wait to delight…
The Laughing Heart – Charles Bukowski
Note – I don’t normally insert Read More breaks, but I have for this post, because it’s very long, and it would have flooded up my homepage if I didn’t.
Hurricane Irene stirred up a flurry of tweets as it made its way to New York. Every few minutes, my stream would refresh, and I’d see more and more tweets pertaining to the hurricane. Most of them were extremely comedic, poking fun at the hurricane and the situations it caused. In fact, I dare say it didn’t seem like the New Yorkers were scared at all.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the news, those who aren’t on Twitter, and those who simply want to have a nice laugh, here are my selections of the best Hurricane Irene tweets. Be warned: ‘Tis a lot. (more…)