Keyboard copy paste works great in Windows
Yup, mostly works in Windows. But now go to a 'Mac-like Linux distro' - can you copy an image in your web browser, paste it into your mail client, chat client, or word processor? What about a vector image, do you get a resizeable PDF or something rasterised? Does it work with video? If you drag a folder from the file manager into a terminal, does it give you a correctly-escaped path (actually, this one seems to have started working in the last couple of years in most DEs)?
I try to limit remote anything from running on my machine.
Searching documents is not an OS function. Head back to userland.
It's a desktop environment function, which is part of the 'Mac-like distro'. And it's a nontrivial one. Spotlight provides an API (albeit a really crappy one based on COM of all things) that allows every app to provide a plugin for full-text indexing of documents. When I install a new app on OS X, every document created by this app is searchable via a system-wide search. If I want to see all of the documents containing a search term, I can easily, even if they're something like PowerPoint presentations or PDFs (or strings in video or audio file metadata). OS X also ships with a bunch of plugins for common file types. I believe that Windows search does something similar. A few DEs have some kind of similar search, but without the kernel support for something like the fsevents framework on OS X they're often stale and without plugins from most apps they only usefully index a tiny subset of documents.
We've got this without your advice.
And this attitude is why most Linux DEs suck.
Prequels are really hard. You can't do anything that alters the outcomes of major events and even if you're writing about those prior events you have to resist the urge to put in characters from the later series or alter them significantly. Even Babylon 5 (which generally did well with continuity) failed the miserably with In the Beginning: Delenn and Sinclair had good reasons for being there, but the roles of G'Kar, Franklin and Mollari were contrived, as was Sheridan's interaction with some of the others, and one of the main events in the film (Sheridan destroying the Black Star) happens completely differently (and in a completely different location) to the how it was described in the series.
Enterprise failed this by feeling compelled to introduce the Borg and the Ferengi (you think if the Earth had encountered the Borg back then that Picard wouldn't have received some secret briefing about them when he became captain of the Enterprise?). The first contact with the Klingons didn't go as described in later series and the Romulan war was originally described as being fought with nuclear weapons in primitive torpedos, before the Romulans had warp drive, yet Enterprise encounters them long after these events were meant to have happened.
I ran a Mac-like Linux distribution on her Linux PC, but it was not 'the real thing'.
I doubt you found something that's actually Mac-like. For example, did drag-and-drop work reliably between any arbitrary pair of applications? Did all of the applications support scripting remote? Did it have a system-wide search that did full-text indexing of all document types (including PDFs, office documents, and so on)?
Most such things are really crappy copies because they only duplicate the superficial irrelevant crap. I don't care if it looks like OS X - Apple's made a bunch of poor design decisions there in favour of good demos at the expense of long-term usability and it would be easy to improve matters. I do care that the core functionality works. Unfortunately, GNUstep has nowhere near enough contributors to be able to do a good job.
I tripped over the charging lead to my ThinkPad (R31) while it was on the top of a chest of drawers doing a big compile job. The machine flew across the machine and landed on its corner, with the edge of the case popping off. The compile paused for a few seconds and then continued and I was able to pop the case together, but I was very glad that it was my cheap laptop! I've kicked the charging cable for my MBP a few times (I often leave it by or on the sofa, plugged into the wall) and had the cable pop out, especially in my last house where the socket was in front of the sofa and so the cable had to run across the floor. I'm a bit nervous about having a connector where kicking the power cord can damage the device.
The main thing about the new MBPs though is 16GB in a £4000 laptop in 2016? WTF? I can get a 2TB SSD, but not 32GB of RAM? Seriously?
Depends on the technology. The failure mode for a lot of aircraft is that they simply glide to the ground. Even helicopters / autogyros do something similar - there's still a lot of momentum in the rotors and you sycamore down to the ground. It's not like the antigravity suddenly fails and you're back to having weight again.
When I was learning to fly, engine failure was one of the things that I had to practice a lot. Engine failure immediately after takeoff is potentially dangerous, because you don't have an engine and you don't have enough speed or altitude to go very far. You typically have to land in a field (or, if you don't want to damage your aircraft in a training exercise, you throttle the engine back and feather the prop, then line up your emergency landing and turn the engine back to maximum late in the approach so that you stay in the air).
Not stopping with TV, how cool would it be if Amazon made recommendations to be based on my past purchases?
Indeed. It looks as if you bought an 8GB USB flash drive. Have you considered this other brand of 8GB USB flash drive? What about this 16GB USB flash drive? I've been using Amazon since the late '90s and they have yet to recommend anything that I actually want to buy. You'd have thought 'you bought books 1 and 2 in this series, would you like to buy book 3?' wouldn't be too hard, but apparently it is.
If Hillary was running as a Republican (and there's really no reason she couldn't) you'd be blabbing on about how bad she is instead.
See this article at the Huffington Post: The Problem With Hillary, Chez, Is I Don’t Vote Republican
Voting for a third party candidate who might get 2% of the vote is a waste of time. It just is.
No it isn't. The difference between winning and losing is often not much more than 2% in these races. If a candidate next time around looks at your candidate and says 'if I adopt those policies, I can pick up another 2% of the vote,' then you're likely to have a lot more impact than voting for whatever they claimed previously.
To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus