Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Mattbell

    Great review. I am still waiting for my MacBook Air to compare as well.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Matt. Don’t get too far from a power source when you’re using the Air 🙂

  2. Al McKillop

    I Love my MBAir, and yes the battery thing can be annoying, but most of us don’t work as hard as you 🙂 PS If you change the battery life view to percentage rather than time, it’s more consistent. The time indication is based on what you are doing at a particular instant and the value of your battery may go up as well as down 🙂 I don’t have any issue with Mail, strange one that.

    1. Anonymous

      Except for the battery thing, I do think the Air is adorable. And if I do take it to the cafe – especially with one of the furry babies in tow – I can’t tell you how many comments we get. Everyone around us over-doses on cuteness! … Then I have to go find power …

  3. CleverClicks

    I have never loved a gadget more than my Air. (And generally I am a PC man – not a twenny something gen y’er) VK, I reckon your unit was defective. Mine has never run out during a cafe session – unless I was pulling one of those all day Starbuck manoeuvres. One thing that I find surprisingly enjoyable is the instant on/off. Just open or close the lid and you’re in business. And now that I have just got Apple TV, well, the Apple eco system may never ever let go of me…

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Hey CleverClicks
      Is yours the 13-inch Air (which would have more battery capacity) or the 11-inch? My main complaint is that the 11-inch claims it’s 5 hours. And it definitely doesn’t come anywhere near that!

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