Posted by: Garrick | January 16, 2008

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Posted by: Garrick | January 16, 2008




MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO—January 16, 2008—Apple® today unveiled Manila® Case®, the world’s thinnest case for the world’s thinnest laptop, the MacBook Air. When empty, Manila Case measures an unprecedented 0.07-inches at its thinnest point, but its dynamically adaptable height goes up to a maximum of 6.9-inches, adapting perfectly to the MacBook Air shape as well as to a standard* Reuben sandwich, made with pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and russian dressing on rye bread.

[read entire article here @Gizmodo]

Posted by: Garrick | January 16, 2008

My thoughts on the Macbook Air

On January 15th, 2008, 200 days after the released of the insanely successful iPhone, Apple has released the new ultra light Macbook Air. As a proud Macbook owner (first gen black Core Duo), I was impressed at first with its presence (mostly due to Steve Jobs now infamous “reality distortion field”). Now looking over the specs, I realize that I am not all that keen on this new product.

Don’t get me wrong, the Air is impressive. It is the thinnest laptop in production (or ever as I am led to believe). The battery life promises to be quite good. But it is lacking in many of the departments that made me love my “BlackBook”.

Here is a list of my current gripes (not that my opinion matters, but many will agree with me):

  • Battery- Non user-replaceable means time without my machine when it finally dies. $129 for the replacement with a free install makes it livable
  • RAM- 2Gb is just about perfect for a machine like this, but yet again, it is not replaceable (I am going to assume it only has one RAM slot, and the 2GB stick may even be soldered in).
  • No optical drive- Actually, I won’t complain about this. They have added software to connect to any Mac or PC disk drive and use that, or for $99 you can buy a matching external drive. No big deal.
  • SIZE- It is the thinnest notebook computer available, but I don’t feel it is much smaller than the 15″ MBP. Definitely thinner, but overall dimensions (width and depth) are only slightly smaller. I would have been much more impressed with a 10″ or 12″ model. That would not have allowed for the standard size Macbook keyboard, but would have put it in a true “Ultra-Portable” class.
  • Hard Drive- They needed a solid state flash drive option to remain competitive, but adding $1000 to the price tag to get there and getting less storage too boot (64Gb) is not the way to go. The price for the drive is very competitive, most other manufacturers are charging hundreds more for the same drive.For the standard hard drive option, going with the 1.8″ iPod style hard drives was a great idea, but 80GB is not cutting it today.
  • Lack of ports- One USB, no Firewire, and no Ethernet. No thanks. I rarely have anything hooked to my ports other than my firewire drive (for Time Machine) and my iPod, but when I do, In usually have more than one item plugged in, and I hate using hubs.

That all being said, there is definitely a market for this notebook. Mostly as a second machine. The styling and light weight will help its sales greatly. As with most products that Apple puts out, it can only improve with time.

Posted by: Garrick | January 16, 2008

Drunken conversations at Teds

Me: “I’ll put this wooden stir through you hand.”
Mike: “Great, then I will be Stigmatic.
Me: “Stigmatic? Sounds like a Catholic transmission.”
Me: “The power of Christ propels you!”

Don’t drink on Tuesdays.

Posted by: Garrick | January 15, 2008

Whats in the Air?

Fairly exciting, I was hoping for a new “Cinema” display for the living room, but the year has only just begun.

Also, I’m sure I’ll post about it later, but 20K iPhones a day for the last 200 days (4 Million total) is insane. I’m sure RIM and Moto are pissed.

Posted by: Garrick | January 15, 2008

Too little, too late in my eyes.

Palm OS II on track for 2009 Release [via Brighthand]

“Last fall, Palm, Inc.’s new Chairman said his company will release smartphones running a new Linux-based version of the Palm OS in 2009. Last week, a Palm executive told Brighthand that the company is still on track to have the first model out early next year”

As a loyal Palm user for years, it is hard for me to say this, but I do not see myself buying another Palm product after my current Treo 680. With Andriod and OpenMoko plowing ahead, Palm has too much catching up to do.

Posted by: Garrick | January 15, 2008

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Posted by: Garrick | January 14, 2008

F/LOSS and name calling.

A very nice post from Ubuntu Planet member Melissa Draper regarding open source and free software advocates continuing to badmouth proprietary and commercial companies such as Microsoft and Apple.
This behavior does not help out the cause of Open Source software and FOSS.

Here is a link to the original post on Melissas Blog, and also one to Planet Ubuntu.

It’s not uncommon within the F/LOSS community for our number one single corporate challenge to be misspelled; and no, I’m not talking typographical mistakes. Misspelling Microsoft as Micro$oft, MicroShaft and so forth, are a plague within F/LOSS communications of all types. They are commonly used in pathetic demonstrations of spite for the mega corp, or in a lame attempt to appear cool. But that is all it is; pathetic and lame.

Performing and/or tolerating such mockery does not make our community any better, and in fact, it actually speaks to the detriment of our arguments against proprietary software; we will never win this epic argument by namecalling.

For example; we loathe it when proprietary software representatives such as Mr Ballmer are rude enough to stage stunts such as calling Open Source the software equivalent of cancer. Their namecalling does increase our respect them, or have us rushing to join their cause. It turns us further away from them

The same happens when we return the insults.

Sure, we can make jokes about them in our regular conversations, in private — there’s little harm in that. However when we go public with these insults — such as posting them on forums, on publicly archived mailing lists, or spat at their face during presentations or question sessions — we are doing the same thing as them. When we do that, we have sunk to their level.

When we sink to their level, it does not make them respect us. When we sink to their level, it does not make them any more likely to see purpose in our cause.

When the opposition has to resort to unfounded insults or namecalling, it means we have the stronger argument for which they can find no other way to respond. When we resort to namecalling, it gives them the same impression.

So please, for the love of all that is good in the F/LOSS world:

Don’t sink to their level.

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