I just placed an order for an Apple 12" Powerbook, which I’ve been planning for weeks. Thankfully my employer got around to paying me the correct wages this week, as well as a few weeks’ back-pay. Combining that with what little credit I’m allowed on my student credit card, and with Apple’s student discount, I was able to place the order this morning. Hopefully I’ll have better luck than others have had with their Powerbooks.

Amazingly I had not yet even saved the order confirmation page before AIB’s credit card services rang me to make sure I had really placed a €1400+ transaction on my card. Literally—and this isn’t one of those annoying mis-uses of that word; I mean literally—it took them less than one minute from the time I clicked the order button. It’s nice to feel safe.