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A Nation Divided by Turmoil: Biden's Victory is America's Failure

Another long-winded, incoherent speech fraught with inaccuracies and false accusations.  As the polls have closed and ballots are meticulously being counted across key states, many deign to criminalize Trump for his boisterous proclamations and unorthodox leadership. However, the truth of the matter may be far more sinister than you care to imagine...Biden asserts that he and his party maintain the moral high ground in this tumultuous race for presidency. But do they really? In fact, the vast majority of Southern Democrats vehemently opposed a ban on slavery while the Republican party sought to win their freedom. Indeed, it may appear that times have changed... unless you bother to read the many defamatory statements made throughout Biden's long and storied political career -- statements targeting both women and African Americans. Although to be safe, let's assume his bigotry extended far beyond that which we've covered. So as it now seems more certain than ever that we'

Why I've Bought into Apple's Ecosystem...

I've briefly touched upon this in the past, but I believe it's worth delving into the subject a bit more. As a die-hard Windows and Android user, making the switch hasn't been easy, but I've found it to be a necessary evil given my circumstances. So today, I'd like to present an argument for Apple's value to consumers...

A relic from Apple's storied past -- the illuminated Apple icon glows atop an uncluttered workspace.

Until recently, the last time I'd touched a Macintosh, they utilized monochrome monitors with green "P1" phosphor screens. No, I never owned such an inelegant beast, but I did use it regularly in school at a young age. I can still recall the satisfaction of typing on its mechanical keyboard as we honed our skills as budding touch typists.

So much has changed since then, and Microsoft has reigned supreme in nearly every field of computing. In fact, every computer I've ever owned has either run Windows, a Linux distribution, or some combination of the two. Sure, I've toyed with MacOS in VMWare, but never seriously entertained the idea of purchasing a Mac.

However, as time has passed, the cost of PCs has increased dramatically. We're reaching an unprecedented milestone in the world of computing -- one which sees the cost of Windows ultrabooks so dramatically inflated that they nearly rival their Mac counterparts. The problem with this is that Apple offers some key advantages for just a bit more cash.

Which advantages, you ask? Well, if you live abroad as I do, you know how irritating it is to settle for an overpriced laptop with a foreign keyboard layout. If you're going to overpay for something, you should damn well be satisfied with it, right? But beyond that, there's the benefit of their included iLife suite. For sheer simplicity and performance, it's hard to beat apps like GarageBand and iMovie. Where Windows once had Movie Maker, they now give you almost zero control over projects through their updated Photos app.

If you do use Windows, the closest alternatives to apps such as Final Cut Pro and Logic X are the offerings from Adobe. Unfortunately, ever since they switched to a "software as a service" business model, their applications have lost my consideration. A monthly fee for life? No, thanks....

Since I've started using the iPhone 11, there are certainly things I miss about my former Android device. However, I'd be lying if I said the iPhone isn't vastly more stable and well-designed. The issue of battery drain in standby is virtually non-existent, and though anecdotal, I have a plethora of Taiwanese friends who have used their iPhones for at least 5-6 times as long as my Samsung ever went before needing its battery replaced. 

The downsides? Well, camera performance on the selfie camera is rather good when compared to the front-facing camera on my old Xiaomi 8. But given the differences in price and date of manufacture, that's to be expected. Sadly, I can't say the same for the rear camera. It pales in comparison to some of my older phones. Good enough for daily use, but not what one should expect from such a costly device.

Anyway, these considerations might not be compelling to the average user. Were I still in the States, I can't say I'd have ever made the switch. But for those of you who have, do you live with regret? Or is it clear skies and green pastures? Let me know down below!

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