I don't know when I actually decided I wanted an Apple computer; I've been using Windows, Ubuntu, and Hackintosh computers for all my life. I still distinctly recall using MS-DOS to switch to my floppy drive directory in order to play my computer games.
I guess the design of the MacBook Air captivated my technological hormones: 0.68" in height, 2.96 lbs, and 7 hours of battery life -- what's not to love. After some preliminary research, the 13" MacBook Air runs for about $1500 for the options I want. Even with the rumored retina screen (which would increase the price by another 200), I still don't think a piece of technology should be priced so damn high. Call me old fashioned, but I'm still a firm believer in Microsoft products for productivity.
So check it out: I rigged my Asus U30JC-A1 with some supercharged upgrades. Although the specifications say that my laptop only supports 4GB RAM, the Intel i3 technology actually supports up to 8GB RAM. Furthermore, I swapped out the ancient DVD Drive, which also duals as a paper weight, with an SSD caddy and a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. Whoa, nerdgasm.
I doubt my Asus is running the SSD at SATA3 transfer rates, but damn this thing is fast. It definitely feels like my computer is running at double the horsepower, but I only spent $200 for all the upgrades. Here's hoping this laptop will run me through the end of college.
On a side note, I changed up a bit of the Ryu theme. I really wasn't digging the widget buttons at the top, so I scattered those menus among my page. I've yet to make all of the CSS updates I want, but this is a good start.. WordPress, success!