How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Valentine’s Day? Bah. And, let me add, hum­bug. But the crush­ingly com­mer­cial mood what has gripped the nation has inspired Hocking to speak of that love which dare not speak its name (though the law suit has recently been settled, so let’s crack on). What am I jab­ber­ing about?

My lovely MacBook Pro.

  1. It looks great (more on that below).
  2. It runs Mac OS X Tiger, which is rather more stable and zippy than cer­tain oth­er oper­at­ing sys­tems
  3. It burns my lap, but I don’t care, because I’m in looove! Shall I com­pare thee to a indus­tri­al trouser press? Thou art more use­ful, and your hyper­thread­ing tech­no­logy is just super.

The real point of this post (as much as any of my posts can be said to have a point) con­cerns the arrival of my Speck hard case, which appeared this after­noon in a FedEx pack­age. (Being British, I’m excited by FedEx pack­ages because they remind me of Zemeckis’s Castaway.) If there are any Mac users out there who read this blog, they might be inter­ested in my impres­sions. Feel free, m’Mac friends, to read on smugly. PC users do what the French call ‘win­dow lick­ing’.

And so, all the way from the New World:

The graph­ic above shows just how snug is the fit. Bothpieces of trans­par­ent polycar­bon­ate clip on with tiny, over­lap­ping tabs, and the end res­ult is some­thing that render the MacBook Pro totally sweet (to wax Californian).

Can I have the next slide, please?

In the piccy above, you should be able to see that there­is no intru­sion of the case onto the inner body of the laptop at all. In fact, as you’ll note from the piccy below, once the laptop is open you’ll have the Devil’s own time try­ing to see that there is a case on at all.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a hot date.

This is a tiger noise: rrrrrraaa­aowww.

Carry on.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

9 thoughts on “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”

  1. Wow!! With the red cov­er it looks as hot as it runs 🙂 I also have a lap-mon­ster like your’s and find it a bit to hot on the foot som­times. Does the cov­er ease the heat on the lap a litle?

  2. Hey Sævar

    Yes, it does actu­ally feel cool­er on the base.

    By the way, if you’re feel­ing dan­ger­ous and a little tech­ie, there’s an app called smcFanControl ( It allows the user to dir­ectly set the Mac’s fan speeds. Whenever I have my Mac on my lap, I usu­ally fire up that bit of soft­ware and increase the fan speeds. Temperature often drops by ten degrees or so.

    Use at your own risk, of course!


  3. Thanks. I will try it. No fun without a little danger in life. I stumbled on your page look­ing for audiobooks,so thanks for that as well. I listend to the first chapter drive­ing to work this morn­ing, look­ing for­wared to hear the rest of it.

  4. OK, Sævar, best sure to let me know what you think of the book. BTW, a second edi­tion is due to come out some time next year, maybe you want to wait (mind you, you’d have to pay for that one, since it’ll only be avail­able in dead tree format…)

  5. To can’t stop now, im into deep. The second edi­tion will make a good present. Are you rewrit­ing it or just mak­ing a few ajust­ments 🙂

  6. Probably my edit­or will say I’m mak­ing adjust­ments, but it feels like a bloody rewrite… 🙂

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