Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Some think that that’s a cliché that doesn’t hold much weight, but Apple always seems to be in a position to maintain that view with everyone trying to copy their style. Engadget reviewed Dell’s new XPS 15z this week, and it’s clear what Dell is going for- the closest imitation of Apple aesthetics by a PC to date. Take a look at the new
MacBook Pro, er, XPS:
And, by comparison, the incumbent:
Now normally I’m fairly democratic when it comes to computer choice. You like how Windows works, you keep using it. You don’t want to spend $1500 on a laptop when you can get one for $800, that’s perfectly understandable. But why pay $1000 (plus virus protection software, et al) for a machine that looks kind of like a cheap plastic-ish version of a more beautiful, thinner, lighter, more powerful laptop which happens to be running the best consumer OS on the market? No, I’m not shilling Apple for a handout, I just made the switch from Windows about twelve years ago and I’m still really glad I did. I’m sure the XPS 15z is a fine machine, but the self-advertised “thinnest 15″ PC on the planet” is still thicker than Apple’s 15″ flagship unit, and sort of looks like the 15″ Titanium PowerBook that Apple discontinued nearly a decade ago.
I just want to reiterate Keith’s urging to donate to the Red Cross’s relief effort in Joplin. Go to redcross.org today and make a donation to those in need. Thanks everyone, and have a good week.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
My heart goes out to all in the world that have had to experience the horrors of a natural disaster. Indeed, this year has been a tumultuous one given all that mother nature has thrust upon us. It seems that we, as citizens of the world, have either witnessed (whether through the media or firsthand) or have been directly affected by a natural disaster so far in 2011. We have seen earthquakes, floods, tornados, wild fires, and more in this young year. Just a couple nights ago not far from iResQ, Joplin, MO was hit hard with the worst tornado in its history. Our hearts go out to the entire city. If you have the time, please visit the Red Cross website and please make a contribution. Any little bit helps.
As deeply as this saddens us, through certain travesties arise heroes and goodwill. I just read an amazing Sports Illustrated article about a local Kansas City Chief and former University of Alabama football player, Javier Arenas.
Before we get into his harrowing story, lets talk about what he means to us here at iResQ. It’s no secret, iResQ is is located in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, home to the NFL Chiefs. When you send your Apple device to iResQ for repair, your device will be in the hands of a Kansas City metro resident. We are proud to be in service in America’s heartland. And naturally, there are a lot of die hard Chiefs fans here. Javier Arenas was drafted and played his rookie season with the Chiefs in 2010. For a rookie, I couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our kick/punt return team (along with my personal favorite, Dexter McCluster). I encourage you to read the article so I won’t say too much. What I do want to say is that when you are a big time athlete in a smaller community like Tuscaloosa, simply being around to help means a lot. The article illustrates this beautifully. In the wake of the April 27th tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa and other communities in Alabama, Javier Arenas, who was in the middle of it all, was on his way back to his Kansas City home when his heart got to him. He stocked up on relief supplies and headed back to Tuscaloosa to help out.
Now there is no telling what anyone would do when something like this happens. I think it takes a lot to do what Javier did. If there is any one Chief to pull for this season (if there is a season this year) you have to root for this guy.
I heard this story on the radio a couple days ago and had to share. I know I didn’t really hit on the subject of Apple products and repairs, but when a story like this comes out I feel obligated to share it for all who care to read. After all, we wouldn’t want to bore you to death talking about nothing but screen repairs every time we post a blog. Either way, I hope you enjoyed reading, if not this blog, then hopefully the SI article linked above. At the very least, visit the Red Cross website and make a donation. Even $10 helps.
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