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Help me to help you! – Lockerz.com

*Relaxed*

Oyasumi minna-san!

MK is here today to tell you about a pretty awesome website that I’ve learned about recently called “Lockerz.com”.

Really, what Lockerz.com is, is a members-only website where you can earn points by doing simple things like answering questions and watching videos. And the coolest thing is that you can use those points to buy really cool prizes.

Check this video out!

As some of you might know from reading my previous post, MK herself has been very closely eying the 21.5″ iMac, that’s why I was so interested in this video and now this site.

But the thing is that membership on this site is “invitation-only” which means that you have to be invited by someone who already has membership on the site. ( Like me! )

OK, so now what MK would like from you is the following:

If you or anyone you know is interested in membership at Lockerz.com, just email me saying “Please invite me”. Then I’ll send you an invite and you can start earning points.

MK’s email: missionaryk@gmail.com

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Macbook Pro vs. iMac!

*Glad to be home from school*

Hola minna-san!

As you might know, I posted a little “Laptop Research” post some months ago where I checked out different laptops that I’ll possibly be buying in the future.

But since then, I’ve realized that maybe I shouldn’t be getting the laptop I was planning to get. Actually, I don’t think I should get a laptop at all.

I’ve realized that when I weigh the pros and the cons, it would probably be the wisest choice to get, instead of a laptop, a desktop.

As those of you who read my last post about this whole laptop research would know, I was planning on getting a Macbook Pro. But since Mac computers themselves are so expensive, I started considering a

The new 21.5" iMac

cheaper alternative to the Macbook Pro: an iMac.

When I went to Apple.com to do some further research, I realized even more that the iMac, might in fact be a much wiser choice.

Let’s take a look at some of the different aspects of the two candidates:

Macbook Pro vs. iMac!

Price: So, the cost of the Macbook Pro that will suite my needs is a whopping $1,500! Though it’s not so hard to believe coming from Apple, it is still a big difference from the price of the 21.5″ iMac, which goes for $1,2oo.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when I buy my new computer, whichever one I pick, I’m going to buy Final Cut Express with it. Final cut Express costs $200. What struck me as very notable was that, the iMac + Final Cut Express would still be less than the Macbook Pro alone. Definitely something to keep in mind.

So this round goes to: iMac!

Technical Specifications: What is also pretty awesome on iMac’s part is that even though the price is lower, the tech specs are significantly higher.

Key Tech Specs Macbook Pro:

  • 13.3″ glossy screen
  • 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 4GB of RAM (Memory)
  • 250GB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

Key Tech Specs iMac:

  • 21.5″ glossy screen – much bigger screen
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Much faster processor
  • 4GB memory
  • 500GB hard drive – 2x hard drive size
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

Looks like this round also goes to: iMac

Other Random Pros & Cons of the iMac

Pro: With an iMac, I can choose to get a full keyboard with Numeric Keypad. And I’d really love that because, I always use the “delete” button when I type. So when I chose to switch to Mac, that was something I knew I’d miss, since most Mac keyboards don’t have a “delete” key. But if I get that keyboard then I don’t have to give up the “delete” button.

Con: The iMac is not portable. I mean, I can live without the portability right now, since where I live, it’s very uncommon for people (especially school students) to walk around with laptops (at least if they don’t wanna get them stolen). So I wouldn’t miss it that much. I think it’s definitely a fair trade-off. I’ll probably just keep my current laptop for when I need to go on vacations. (Because I have to have my computer then too – otherwise I die).

OK, MK must leave minna-san now. Lemme know what you think about MK’s decision.

Have a lovely day!

Ja~ne!