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Essentials for Graphic Designers

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I Don't Have a Compelling Reason to Upgrade My Ancient MacBook Pro By Austin Mallick I have been the proud owner of a MacBook Pro since 2012. At the time, my Dell laptop from school had finally kicked the bucket after replacing the hard drive and working the thing to death with too many applications and not enough memory. My MacBook Pro was a gift from my parents for my birthday and Christmas, and I was ecstatic to start my journey on team Apple. Now seven years later, I'm still working on the same laptop. The keyboard buttons are sticky, the trackpad works only on the right side, and the entire system has a fit if I open too many tabs in Chrome. But otherwise, this laptop is a charm. It's served me well during many freelance jobs as I've hauled it back and forth across the country (and even to the Colombian jungle). But despite its age, I'm not looking to upgrade to a new MacBook Pro, and here's why. My MacBook Pro still serves my basic needs. I'm a firm believer in the mantra, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." And I've learned over time that, in totality, there are few things that I actually do on my computer. I mostly work in Google Docs or WordPress, and I do all of my internet browsing in Chrome. As far as apps are concerned, I really only need Slack and Dropbox. I've always had the latest software versions, too. I've never run into an issue with upgrading my MacBook Pro software or updating any of it apps. Sure, the upgrades can be a little bit slow from time to time, but that's why I schedule them during the weekends. I'm currently running High Sierra version 10.13.6 without any hiccups. I don't need all of the bells and whistles — I have a system that works for what I need to do, and I'm satisfied with that. Storage space isn't an issue thanks to affordable storage options. When I received my first laptop back in college, storage space was critically important for me. I didn't want to rely on USB sticks or my college drive for

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