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Macs are extremely popular with those who enjoy doing design work or with graphics. There are many programs that are designed and made specifically for them rather than using a pc. However, there are many that struggle to do the simplest thing on a Mac because it is so different from many other designs. Uninstalling software is one of those simple things that you will need to do at some point in your life with a Mac.

Warranty. This is your call. I have blogged about Dell’s “CompleteCare” option that covers all repairs including the ones that are your fault. Warranty options can add several hundred dollars to the final tab. But laptop repairs are expensive; do you ordinarily self-insure? computer hardware has a nasty habit of dying within 30 days of warranty expiration – call it Murphy’s Law if you like.

Processor. I normally pick the fastest processor on the price/performance curve that sits right where cost starts increasing faster than performance gain. You can cheat a little here and hopefully still get 3 years from the hardware. Just don’t count on upgrading the processor later – no matter what any salesman tells you.

It wasn’t until an eccentric but dedicated historian writing a paper for a renowned academic journal (Retro Gamer issue 63) pieced together the complete saga of Willy’s heroic exploits from fragments of scattered evidence – in the form of obscure retellings of the ‘Manic Miner’ folk fable in ancient languages readable only via long-obsolete machines – that the whole truth was finally revealed.