Something in the Air, I fear


New Macbook Air.

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  1. kallman says:

    I have the original one with the SSD. I am not sure whether to get the new one, it does have an extra USB port and lacks the annoying little hinged door on the old one which limited physical access of devices to the USB and video port. The processor and memory are not much different, some more video grunt, and a cheaper price than the old one.
    This appears to me more useful than an iPad for what I need and they are opening up the apps store to these soon anyway

  2. Bryan Boyle says:


    I moved from the dark side (cue music from Star Wars Episode IV or something by Haugen, Haas, or ???) this last summer to a new MacBook Pro. While a little bigger…it is sooooooo much easier to use, stable, sturdy…you name it vice the HP laptops I’ve had the opportunity (?) to use over the past decade and a couple years.

    It does take some adjustment, Father. But, it’s just a matter of unlearning what you’ve had to learn because the machine wanted you to think like it does, rather than the Mac way, of working the way you think.

    You will NOT be sorry.

  3. ExHic says:

    I am probably going with a MacBook pro when I get a laptop. I am completely Apple at home (iMac, iPod, and iPhone). Do not want an iPad.

  4. Luke says:

    I didn’t think I would want/need/like an iPad — until I bought one. I would rather listen to “Sing a New Church” on repeat while watching liturgical dance in a room full of Spirit of Vatican II, non-habited nuns for an entire weekend than give it up.

  5. bigtex says:

    when will apple come out with a multi-touch screen laptop or desktop?

  6. When will Apple come out with anything that’s not twice or three times the going price?

  7. czemike says:

    I didn’t realize you were a Mac (ab)user, Father! Still, it’s far better than being a linux communist. I have a MacBookPro which runs Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) very well except that the keyboard isn’t right. If I wasn’t a .NET programmer I might switch to using Mac OS X; as it is, having the Mac is an investment in being able to write Mac applications as well as Windows software.

    @bigtex: never — Steve Jobs said as much yesterday.

    @suburbanbanshee: when people stop placing orders for Macs faster than Foxconn can make them. I’m surprised the new Macbook Airs are starting at $999… I would have expected a $1299 starting price.

    @Luke: just curious: what do you actually do with an iPad? Everyone I know that has one loves it but admits they only use it for surfing the web (while watching TV) or playing Angry Birds…

  8. cwemike: I didn’t realize you were a Mac (ab)user, Father!

    WOW! Neither did I!

    When did that happen?

    I don’t even have a Mac!

  9. Eoin Suibhne says:

    We made the move to Mac this year and couldn’t be more pleased. We have a 27-inch iMac and a 15-inch MacBook Pro. Love them both. Side note: We don’t understand the many complaints we’ve seen and heard claiming that Macs are too difficult to get used to after using a PC. It wasn’t that difficult at all, and we are not tech geeks at all.

  10. One of these days it will happen.

  11. czemike says:

    To anyone contemplating a switch to Mac: what do you perceive that will be better if/when you switch?

    To those who have switched: aside from joining the Cult of Mac (and the euphoria that goes with all of that) what is it that you can now do that you couldn’t do on Windows?

    As I mentioned above I’m a Windows platform programmer by trade, but I also have and occasionally use a Mac and will be programming on that platform as well. They both have their strengths and weaknesses; both are the fruit of the “genius of men” and therefore flawed. While Mac OS X excels Windows in some areas, it’s very existence is because of Apple’s previous failure (OS 9 wasn’t stable, secure, scalable, etc). Contrast that to Windows: you can run DOS and Windows 95 applications on Windows 7. That degree of backward compatibility is orders of magnitude more difficult to achieve than scrapping your whole O/S strategy and starting over with a technology like NextStep which was still years ahead of its time when Apple acquired it.

    My point is this: Mac OS or Windows, it’s just a stinking tool and as a user of both it’s my professional opinion that neither is superior to the other at the software level. The one area where Apple is clearly better than everyone else is industrial design: the new MBA is a practical work of art, as is the MBP and iMac, and they are loaded with better-spec hardware than a Dell. I love that my MacBook Pro has such a solid design and good internal hardware; I just wish it was possible to buy one with a Windows keyboard layout.

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