Archive for February 2, 2008

MacBook Air: Fat Notebooks Lose Self-Esteem!

February 2, 2008

This is so funny!

Has Apple considered the implications of its glorification of thin models in the MacBook Air television advertisements? Has it once considered the feelings of my “big boned” HP, and how she’s felt living in a society where you’re only as attractive as you are THIN? And what about the young processors that are at an impressionable age. Do they need this pressure? I think not.

— thanks to Harold Stephan

Blog Notes: Today Off

February 2, 2008

I’ve got some things to take care of this weekend. Rather than run a competition between this blog taking up time and that other stuff taking up time, I’m putting the blog in a box for today at least. No new posts are planned after this one.

A few notes about the MacBook Air. After I typed that post, I went on to try some of the MultiTouch features. Pinching out and in would increase/decrease the font size in Safari. I also went into iPhoto and used that gesture to move around photos. Then I used the gesture to rotate a photo.

One thing about that Air screen: I don’t think that’s a full 24 bits of color. I’m not even sure if it’s a full 16 bits of color. I suspect it’s either 12 or 14 bits. I say this because I’m using a full 24 bits on this desktop PC and even something with a limited palette like YouTube videos look far less blocky than they do on the Air. The same thing for some of the screensnaps I’ve used to illustrate posts. It’s very ironic that Apple pioneered 24 bit color and yet is not offering it in their notebooks. What’s especially weird is that everything — except for Flash YouTube (which You Can’t Haz natively) — looks better on the iPhone!

Being able to post to this blog from the iPhone was the really big thrill for me today. I had asked a number of people if they could post directly to WordPress and no one could (or would!) tell me! In some cases, they were using WordPress the software and not, like me, WordPress the free web-based service. I can’t post from my LifeDrive. And something mismatched somewhere in the ether so that I can’t even sign in to my blog using that abominable Unnamed Finnish Device From Hell (something I used to be able to do).

Posting to this blog was something I had meant to try months and months ago but either forgot or was too impatient to wait for the WordPress sign in to complete (it takes a while on the iPhone; some of that might have to do with the Apple Store’s wireless network always being swamped!). I just know that once the “iSDK” is released, apps will start to flow that will support mobile blogging. That will mean, once I have an iPhone, I can always be “attached” to the blog (battery life willing, of course!) even if I have to use only the on-screen keyboard to do it.

OK, I’m off to take care of other things.

All of you out there in the world: Don’t do anything to interrupt me!

Test Post From iPhone

February 2, 2008

I finally remembered to try this!

MacBook Air Mini-Fondle

February 2, 2008

So here I am at the Apple Store in Soho, typing this on the new MacBook Air.

Yes, this baby is thin. It is also as large as a conventional notebook in other dimensions. Which means it is too big for me. Although the thinness would help in one dimension, the other dimensions just make it too large for my shoulder bag.

As I’m typing on this, my left hand is resting on the palmrest and it feels just as pr0nographic as that SlashGear report made it out to be.

I really love this keyboard. Just like the other Apple notebook keyboards, the keys seem to be exactly where my fingers expect them to be. I am experiencing very few typos and have been ramping up my typing speed as I go along.

Really, I can see someone buying this thing simply because it’s seduced them into it. As my skin continues its contact with the smooth aluminum, I can feel my nerve endings being hypnotized into a purchase. It is a good thing I lack the money. Besides that, it is also sold out!

I don’t know what I can add about this machine that other people haven’t already written about.

For those who want confirmation that I’ve really done this, at the Soho store, there are four MacBook Airs on the front table, facing into the store, on the left as you enter. The other side of the table are the black and white MacBooks.

OK, I just tried something to see what happens.

I just closed the lid of the Air while this post was still open in Edit mode, before I had Saved any of it. It will be interesting to see if my connection has persisted and if I will lose anything. I will do a Select-All before attempting to Save so I won’t lose what I have typed.

Ha! The guy next to me is holding it closed under his arm as if he was carrying a folder. Now there’s a test drive for ya!

Hmmm… I might be running into the ongoing Safari problem I have online. When I switch from Visual to Code mode, I lose the fekkin blank lines! Will manually restore them then post this.

More, yeah this thing is light in the hand. It’s also nicely balanced. But I would feel those three pounds if it was in my shoulder bag.

Go fondle it for yourself. Really, you will hear its call!

I can tell you this right now, I’m really starting to rethink that CloudBook. Dammit, Jobs, stop making things that are so lust-inducing!!

They should have called it the MacBook Siren!