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My 1st Apple  

2010-04-03 00:29:20|  分类: Apple |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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8:10pm, 4/3/2010

Eric from Apple store called me and informed me that he just packed all my Outlook email, 3700+ folders. I can't believe I stocked up so many junk since 2004.   He started last night before he went off maybe around 10pm.  I will have to do some series cleaning on my new Mac soon.  Eric is about to call Guo Jia to pick it up at the store.

11:30am, 4/3/2010

I emailed to my friends about my new toy.  Dai Yun is also interested in getting one, but with a larger screen. I told her she may check the 15 inch MacBook. 13 inch is the smallest MacBook.   Just feel it and see if you like it.
 
I think Apple laptop is a bit different than those running Windows.  Yesterday I was not totally prepared to accept the fact it's a differnt THING that I was a bit angry when the Apple service guy said something I thought was attaching Windows' users' habits.  Kind of obsolete taste I felt.  But the pictures on KeyNote look very nice, and the touching experince is quite different, higher classy ;-) 
 
Maybe I watched too much movies which showed those elegant ladies in their 40s or 50s prawing on their MacBooks. So once I got an chance to change, it didn't took me too long to aim at an Apple laptop.  Good for me.  I counted this one to be one of my birthday gifts. And I got to pamp myself a bit, shouldn't I?
 
Anyway, I feel very good about spending on that Apple thing, even though I am still waiting to get it at the momemnt. It won't come home for another 8 ~ 10 hours for the data transfering.

 

7:50am, 4/3/2010

I remember I was awarded my 1st outsourcing project from Microsoft while I was emailing at the Apple store in a factory outlet in Las Vagas in January 2005. The customer MSNed me and told me that his project would go to my Shanghai team.  He was also curios why I was working while in LA.  I told him there was no Internet access in the hotel I stayed and mightbe my brother-in-law told me ther might be free Internet access in Apple store.  So we drove there and I started checking email on a small table in front of the store.  It worked out pretty good ;-)

 

11pm, 4/2/2010

I am still waiting for my 1st Apple laptop while the Apple 'Personal Setup' guy was trying to transfer all the data and email from my ThinkPak x61, which he called 'little black'.  He has been trying to copy ~150GB stuff since 2pm this afternoon.  Poor guy!  I feel very sorry for him because he didn't expect somebody like me who got loaded up so much stuff on a 160GB laptop. 

My ThinkPad has been humming since Wed., which bothered me a lot and brought bad memory about getting its 2 fans replaced last Dec.  It took me 2 trips to zhong-guan-cun and it was cold.  The laptop was only 1 1/2 years old by then.  I got all tensed up when I heard the 1st humming noice.  Next morning I talked about the fans with my DH, and thought I might get a new laptop.  Of a sudden, I wanted to get a new Apple laptop.  And I got a toll-free number from Apple's webside and asked about the smallest Apple laptop.  The customer service guy recommended a MacBook Pro, 4GB RAM, 250GB harddisk, weight about 3 ~ 4 LBs, and cost about 12,000RMB.  I asked about if I can use Microsft Office on MacBook.  He told me that there are similar tools on Mac OS.  He also told me there is only one 'official' Apple store in China, and it's in San-li-tun.

I was planning to go to a music event in the evening.  So I decided to visit the Apple store, and have lunch, before heading to Kerry Center for the music event in the evening.  My DH asked me whether I'd buy an Apple laptop once I get into the store. I didn't answer him because I know myself. 

The funny thing is when we got to San-li-tun Villeage, we saw a huge Apple logo on the wall, but missed the store right under neath it.  We had to ask a person, who pointed the store right in our back. 

A very young guy walked towards us when I entered the Apple store. Without wasting too much time, I decided to buy the 4GB X 250GB MackBook Pro.  But the sales guy convinced me that 2GB X 160GB should work for me, since I could add another 2GB RAM, and buy a portable harddisk much larger than 90GB.  So I took his advices and picked up a MacBook Pro with 2GB RAM and 160GB harddisk.  I also bought one-to-one training program for a year for 4xx yuan, and upgraded service plan to three years.  Besides, I also picked a converter for projector, and iWork to edit documents, spread sheets, and presentations.  Just the tools I need.

I told them we'd like to do some shopping and didn't like to carry the MacBook.  He told us that their service guys will need to install the extra 2GB RAM, and serveral freeware I need (for example, MSN, Skype, QQ).  So I didn't have to wait in the store.  Also, he told me there are 1st-time free training at 2pm & 4pm tomorrow.  I can come to take the training and pick up my new MacBook.  They can also transfer data and mail from my ThinkPad while I take the training.

On the 2nd day, I went to the store around 2pm and Eric the 'Personal Setup' guy came to meet me and took my ThinkPad to do the transfer.  Another young guy started to show me the desktop, the bottom buttons, etc.  When I asked him about how to put an email (content) into calendar.  He didn't know and got another guy to show me how.  He sounded a bot defensive, which provoked me and I told him so.  He appologized and further showed me some tricks in KeyNote, the equevelent of PowerPoint on Windows.  He suggested that I should fully use my 1:1 training program, also scheduled my 1st 1:1 training at 2pm next Tuesday.  He kind of made sure that I felt better now.

The transfer was under way.  So Guo Jia and I went to shopping.  And Eric called twice and informed me the progress.  While we were having dinner, Eric called and told that I got too many email files, and he could not finish transferring my email.

We went to the store at 9:10pm.   Eric told me that he had to copy my Data-Training folder to a harddisk, and deleted from my ThinkPad.  I felt quite uneasy and was checking harddisk for Eric to put my files on.  Finally I asked Eric to copy back everything he delted back to my ThinkPro after he finish the transfer.  He understood and promise to copy everything back.

But the transfer of my emails has to wait untill tomorrow.  Guo Jia volunteered to come to pick both laptops.  When we left the store, it's past 9:30pm.

Guo Jia let me to use her Dell laptop for today and tomorrow, which is the one I am blogging right now.

My 1st apple.

BTW, Eric told me there is a girl who has the exact same Chinese name and English name as me. I can ask her to do my 1:1 training. Wow.

Also, Eric told me he worked for iSoftStone when he spot the company name on my data folders.  He was with iSoftStone Tianjing, starting as a student trainee.  After going through the whole process, he quitted and joined Apple as a technician.  He said the pay is better.

When my 1st training was done, I asked to schedule my 1st 1:1 personal training.  I had to register an Apple ID.  Turns out cxchen91081 was taken.  I was quite surprised.  Maybe I will find who is using it.

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