For the past weeks, I’ve been really frickin’ happy. Wanna know why? Well of course you do. I get to stay at my new school which is Newton (Higher Vocation Education program). About two weeks ago I found out that my exemption that I applied for to continue this fall at my old college will be denied and I was so relieved over that. I don’t care about what people think about that. I wanna stay at the new school for many reasons and now it came true. Well, let’s move on shall we.
The preparations I’ve thought about basically all summer in order for the new platform and language to learn is how to survive this program as a Mac user, when everything is basically about Windows and Visual Studio. Well, I have Bootcamp installed on my MacBook Pro, but it sucks, drains the battery fast and Windows itself is a cluttered mess. However, it’s worth it if I get to become a developer. At least I used to think that. Now I’m not so sure… I’ve ordered a new charger for my laptop, so I always have one to take with me to school, because I’ll need it most likely. I hope either way that I’ll be able to use MacOS as often as possible, because I can use VS on my Mac either way, even though I prefer using Jetbrains software for my IDE.
The only thing that I can’t do within MacOS is create Windows applications. I can do everything else, but not Windows apps(UWP). That is why I’m still hopeful I can find a way to use MacOS as often as possible for my future app developments. I know we’re gonna learn how to make Windows desktop apps, and for that I’ll most likely use my Windows Bootcamp version, but if there’s a way to get around that – I’d love to do that instead.
I know you can run windows on a virtual machine, like parallels or VirtualBox, and a week ago I struggled for hours to install Windows on VB. It finally works, and it works a little bit better than Bootcamp. The best would be to just not do windows stuff at all, but I guess Bootcamp will have to do as a backup, but if the VB installation works better, I’d probably uninstall the BC version in the future. I refuse using our old Windows laptop, or buy a new crappy computer just for school, because I really do not want to use Windows if I can avoid it. Not now, when I’m used to MacOS. When I tried using Bootcamp for a longer while the other day as well, Spotify stopped working and Windows itself behaved very badly, so that sucked even worse. I have no idea what happened, but that’s Windows in a nutshell. It always lags, crashes, stops working and is a general mess. Why does anybody prefer it? I have no idea.
Well, when I was a hardcore android and Windows/PC fan, I knew that my phone would never last more than a year before it started to lag and apps always crashed from basically day one very often no matter what device I used. I knew that getting bluescreen on my PC will happen many times and so it did. Not to mention all the gazillion times I had to re-start my computer to get some little thing working again. Having broken shit that’s somewhat cheap was the norm and just the way it was. And I both hated and loved it. The only thing I understand why people prefer Windows over MacOS is due to every piece of software available to the platform and for gaming, but still. I miss using Sony Vegas for one, and also aegisub for subtitles for my YouTube videos I’ve made in the past. When you stop using it and go back – you really don’t understand or see the appeal about it. At least I do not.
With what I’m experiencing now, I’m thinking that I’d have a requirement for my first job as a developer that I’ll get to use MacOS and only Apple products (or something) for my work. I do NOT want to work with Windows! I really do not! Visual Studio and Windows itself confirms it for me day by day…
Luckily enough, the first day of the object-oriented programming class I asked if I could use my Mac for basically everything and only use Windows when I absolutely have to, and the teacher said yes. We even use .NET core instead of the usual .NET framework, so that’s also good. The only thing that sucks now is that I’m forced to use Visual Studio, and that is a real challenge. VS, sucks, and it sucks even more on Mac! I feel like something is missing, and there is a lot that is missing! I’d really like to use Jetbrains Rider instead but the teacher said no. The reason for that is because VS is the standard practice when it comes to .NET development. Le sigh, but I’ll survive.
But the further I go, the more I absolutely hate it! It’s probably only a matter of time before I start using Jetbrain’s Rider for development, no matter what the teacher says. I mean, I feel I can’t do anything right when I’m using VS. When I do have to develop UWP apps, I’ll use my VB installation for that. Hopefully VS works better in Windows, but I do not want to use that full-time for simple console projects. It’s just not necessary. Or any iOS, MacOS or android project. Is there a shake your head out of disgust smiley, btw? I could really use one now.
After having used VS for several classes now and tasks, I feel utterly handicapped when I use it. And I hate the word “handicapped”, because it’s a very bad word in my world. I use it here to prove a point. It sucks so bad! OMG, so bad it is… How can anyone develop anything using VS on a Mac? I do not get it… VS on Mac does not print out parentesis when you write methods, or finish important stuff that’s easy to forget, like the parenthesis of an if statement. Whenever I want to copy and paste stuff, it always “forgets” about one letter, even if I marked all the words for copying. VS on Mac looks stale and poor as well. It lags, and is slow and have annoying popup’s if I barely tough a piece of code with my mouse pointer. It feels like it’s missing a ton of features to be a viable option for an IDE. It just frickin’ sucks balls to use😤.
And let’s move on to the usual, shall we? Aka Apple products and the never ending story of my purchases of that brand. During the last month, I’ve bought the clear case for my iPhone Xr, the magic trackpad 2 and a set of BeatsX headphones just because I had to. I wrote a little bit about this in this post, and this is the follow up. The clear case is lovely, but hard as hell to remove from the phone. The other day I went to the Apple store in order to buy the BeatsX headphones, and also to get help on how to remove the case from my phone. The guy at the store had no issues what so ever to remove it, but I could not. My fingers hurt like hell, and about 8 hours later, they still hurt. It’s because of fibromyalgia, in case you’re wondering why it still hurts so many hours later. Or even days after… #LifeWithFibromyalgia.
I removed the skin I had on it, my phone that is, because I thought that if I could learn how to remove it and do it myself, it would be easier to change out the skin. I am not very satisfied with my current skin either, and I’d like to replace it. If not with a skin, than with a bunch of custom stickers. However, the guy at the store said that the skin makes the case be even harder to come off, so using a skin, even though I’d prefer that now, is not a good idea it seems anymore. Especially if I have to remove the case myself in the future. So now I’m just having the clear case with the original color of the phone showing. It feels ok, but I would feel a lot better if I could remove the case myself without getting pain in my thumbs. I mean, I primarily use cases and custom cases for my phone, just because I can. The safety aspect is just a bonus. That is why it kinda sucks just having a black iPhone Xr at the moment with nothing to show off my uniqueness to the world.
The other day I also discovered that one of the Swedish carriers offers a plan that I’ve been wanting for like years. The plan for my phone that I have now is a pay-as-you-go plan, and I get 5 GB of data and pay for calls and texts. I call and text very rarely and my monthly bills are usually around $16. Sometimes a little bit lower and sometimes a bit higher, but usually around there, so I’m very satisfied with it. However, I’ve been wanting a fast rate plan for years with the same stuff, aka 5GB at least for around $15 per month, and now I’ve found it. Since I’m also a student, they have that plan as well, but with 8GB data for the same price, so I ordered it today and fetched my new sim earlier the same day as I ordered it as well. The carrier does not support e-sim as of now, but that’s ok. I don’t use it today anyway. I might in the future when all Swedish carriers support it. I hope I’ll be able to get the clear case off of my Xr when it’s time to switch sim cards in a few days…
After I wrote the last post, I already decided that I had to get new headphones, no matter what I really do feel about it. To be honest, I only care about what my bf says, and he dislikes everything Apple purchase I make, but I at least plan my purchases somewhat and I buy them with my own money. I do not take loans to buy the stuff and I buy them because I have a use for them.
If I would not, I’d have bought my MacBook Pro myself, along with an iMac, some Apple TV’s and an Watch already, because if money was no object and I only had myself to listen to, I’d by the stuff because I felt like it – not because I need it. I’d probably upgrade to the iPhone 11 as we speak, but I don’t do that today. I plan my purchases and only buy stuff I can afford with my own money. Even if money was no object and I’d be single living by myself, I’d still plan my purchases, but I’d probably more likely buy my Apple shit without the anxiety. That’s because I only care about my BF’s opinions and every time I buy an Apple product I disappoint him further. He does not understand the need I have for the stuff, and to be honest – neither do I. I only want stuff that works and makes my life easier.
Apparently Apple products generally is the solution. If Windows/PC products and Android phones would be the solution, then I’d never switch over to the dark side of technology. Nobody gets hurt from these purchases. I do not get sent to the poor house for buying these things. If I did not have the money I would definitely not buy anything. My life only gets easier, as long as the stuff works as intended. However, with both the BeatsX(BX) and the Trackpad(TP2), they have so far not worked as I hoped they would, but I guess time will fix that as well.
If we start with the BX’s… I thought that putting the buds together again with the magnetic thingy that the music or whatever I’m listening to would automatically pause, but no. In order for the audio to pause, I have to turn them off manually, or pause the audio manually. That sucks, for my silly, stupid crap of a brain that does not like any kind of hassle of any sort.
I honestly don’t know what’s worse – not being able to pause the music by putting the buds together magnetically or having to use normal headphones and switch the volume constantly whenever I need to use the laptop etc. They both feel awful, but the BX wins thanks to the W1 chip. That alone makes them worthy enough to keep and learn to live with. Also I was disappointed that I did not get some ear hooks with the BX’s. In the videos I have watched prior to my purchase, they all got some in the box, but I did not. At least not that I’ve found. The ear hooks helps with the buds fitting better into my ears, and I love having them on my OP bullets. The sound has also been flat, but I found out after some googling that the proper size of the tips help with that, so I switched to a bigger pair and the audio is better. They fit somewhat to my ears though, so that’s also annoying. If I keep them, which I want to do, I most likely go look for some ear hooks for them somewhere cheap.
The magic trackpad is awesome, of course but it has one huge flaw I did not dare to think about before I purchased it. The huge flaw is that it is impossible to place in front of my keyboard, because it is much higher than the keyboard. If I place it in front of the keyboard, like it is on every other laptop, it is impossible to type comfortably, since my palms keep on touching the TP2 and placing the mouse pointer somewhere else. Now, for my stupid, silly crap of a brain, it’s too much of a hassle to keep moving it. Due to my fibromyalgia problem, I can’t use it with my right arm (if it’s placed to the right of the keyboard), because then I get aches and pains in my right arm and neck. I have placed it to the left of the keyboard, but then I get basically the same issue I had with the Magic Mouse 2 (MM2), which is like a tick of my middle finger, so it sort of hurts to use the MM2. That is why I bought the TP2 instead, because the MM2 is not super nice to use. It rarely listens to what I want to do, but I think I’ve written about this issue before so let’s move on shall we?
It’s just so annoying that no matter what I do, or buy the stuff I get does not work the way I want it to. For my shit brain that wants everything to work the way it wants it to work, it’s really hard to not be able to focus on anything else, when every tiny thing can turn out to be the biggest thing ever and ruin everything. I do not want to return the stuff I’ve bought. It’s too much of a hassle. I want to use the TP2 and the BX headphones. I’d like to be able to continue to use the clear case for my Xr and switch it out if I feel like it but as long as I have fibromyalgia, that is most likely impossible. I guess I might have to sell it to somebody with an iPhone Xr, because it’s too late to return it to the Apple store. Like I’ve mentioned before, I do like the clear case and I’d like to continue using it, but I hate the fact that it’s too difficult to get the phone out of the case.
If you live in Sweden, have an iPhone Xr and have considered buying a clear case for it, leave a comment below and let me know. You’ll be able to buy it from me for like300 – 400 SEK if you’d like. It cost 495 SEK and I’ve used it for a month. If nobody cares, I’ll keep using it and I want to keep using it if I can find a way to remove it myself without hurting my fingers, but still – let me know if you’re interested.
Now I’ll keep watching a gazillion more videos about the Apple event, and the newest iPhones, because why not? And then I’ll do some more programming tasks I’ve got to do and complain even further about how much Visual Studio sucks on a Mac. What are you gonna do? Let me know in a comment below, thanks!