Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by polaris20 on Wed 20th Oct 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I agree with your sarcasm. ;)

I would like someone to point out to me the $300-$400 netbook that has SSD, 320M graphics, Core 2 Duo processor, and up to 4GB of RAM configurable.


Yes, it's the size of a netbook (actually, it's smaller). It's just not an utter piece of shit like 90% of the netbooks out there, and is actually usable.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Thu 21st Oct 2010 00:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Yes, it's the size of a netbook (actually, it's smaller). It's just not an utter piece of shit like 90% of the netbooks out there, and is actually usable.

While looking at the photos posted on Engadget earlier today during the liveblog, I couldn't help but notice how much it looked like a slightly wider, much thinner, aluminum version of my HP Mini 210 (which I was viewing the liveblog on incidentally). The resemblance is uncanny. I think I'm going to refer to the 11.6" Air as Apple's netbook for the foreseeable future; they finally figured out how to make one that doesn't suck!

Now, in defense of my "utter piece of shit" Mini (as you would call it), in the few weeks I've owned it I have found only two things I don't absolutely love about it: The trackpad and the battery life. The trackpad tries to be a buttonless multitouch unit like Apple's, but falls far short. In Windows it is manageable, but in Linux it sucks big time. I'd much prefer a trackpoint or even a traditional touchpad with normal buttons instead of a clickable "button area". The 3-cell battery barely gets me three hours of video or heavy browsing, which is adequate but far from ideal. At least I can swap it out it though!

Other than those two niggles, I really enjoy using it. The screen looks great, the keyboard is miles beyond other netbooks and many full notebooks I've tried, the processor speed is more than enough for its intended use, and the video is highly responsive and fluid especially under Linux. I also love the fact that it's highly upgradeable; if I want bluetooth I can either add a standalone module to the extra PCIe slot, or replace the WiFi card with a WiFi/BT combo. I can add a 3G data card to that extra slot, or tether to my phone and put an HD video accelerator there instead. The hard drive is a standard 2.5" SATA that can be upgraded to a larger capacity, or to an SSD for speed. There are three USB slots, an SD card reader, and a webcam.

In short, it's all the netbook I need and it was under $300. As much as I am drooling over the Apple netbook, I can rest comfortably in the knowledge that my money was well spent on what I have now, and it meets my every portable computing need.

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RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Thu 21st Oct 2010 02:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
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You have said a series of logical, complete statements that fit together in a linear manner, connecting a number of thoughts together to form a complete picture of what you intended to say.

Man. Apple zealots really spew the bile now that they're gaining in number... I often wished they'd get more market share just so they'd stop acting like any other OS was destroying their lives, but since they've swung back somewhat, they're pushier and ruder...
I've had strangers verbally accost me and insult me because I didn't use a Mac, or at least OS X.
Paraphrased conversation after some kid who just started talking to me out of the blue, and refused to let me get back to writing something in Emacs (don't remember what it was...) told me that I should get a Mac, and wouldn't leave it at "I like this, it's all I need"

"I understand that it works for you. You have the right to use it and like it. I don't like how it works, and it can't do what I need and want it to."

"You just don't understand it! It's so much better than Windows!"
"I haven't used Windows in years."
"What do you use then?"
"Linux, a very minimal, customised Linux."
"What's a Linux?"(seriously)
"Linux is an family of operating systems, built around a single core. There are several kinds for different uses."
"That sounds confusing."
"*shrug* just takes time to learn, like anything."
"What I like about my Mac is that anyone can use it!"
"I can't. Nothing in it makes sense to me. Took me 15 minutes to figure out how to start a terminal, and I ended up using Google."
"You should give it some more time."

At that point I had to tell him that I wanted the subject to be closed, and not brought up again.
Once someone dips into circular logic, I cannot ever see them the same way again. I just picture a void through which no light can penetrate situated just behind their eyes...

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