Nicholas’s 15th Birthday

Posted by steve | General Commentary | Saturday 14 March 2009 10:12 am

Melissa and I went to the Apple Store last night and purchased a new MacBook for Nicholas’ 15th birthday. He’s been using an iMac that’s about 8 years old and it was time for an upgrade.

We looked over the available new iMac computers, and those are quite impressive to see and seem like a great value. But the future of personal computer is what I have previously called “nomadic computing”. Notebooks are the way to go. Today’s notebook computers are incredibly powerful and have great battery life. Even the low-end MacBook we purchased is incredibly fast and powerful. We did have it upgraded to 4GB of RAM and added the 3-year Apple Care insurance.

He had no idea we were planning this. Instead he had asked if maybe we would pay for upgrade components for his older iMac. So, to continue the deception, I asked if I could take his old iMac into our bedroom and install whatever upgrade components we purchased for him that evening.

Instead I was connecting the 2 Macs together with a Firewire cable and doing a complete accounts transfer to the new notebook. After setting it all up, Melissa and I wrapped it up and gave it to him on his birthday, the next morning.

I took photos of the unwrapping and Melissa posted this web site for sharing.

Happy birthday Nicholas. That was fun.

Oh yea, it’s official now, Nicholas’ birthday, March 14th, is National PI Day.

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