Saturday, 22 March 2008
I'm noticing a not-so-subtle change in the force. I spent the better part of the week listening to Barack Obama, and I'm a moderate-to-conservative guy. Policies aside, he's a persuasive man. Anyhow - I'm also a Windows guy for the most part, but have been known to ride (and occasionally cross over) that fence, as well. Recently, a new business/work venture has me experiencing the need to be ultra-portable from time to time, meeting and working potentially from who-knows-where. So, given the current tax situation and the "workability" needs, I broke down and dropped by the Apple Store last night and - after having visited the store four times and carefully considering the available options - I bought a MacBook Air. My friend Matt patiently watched while I substantially delayed our arrival at the movie theater. Good sport, that Matt.

In case anyone's keeping track, the current game score in the Hughes household Windows vs. Apple system showdown is: Windows 2 (technically 3 if you count the roomie's machine), Apple 2 (or 3 if you count the iPhone). I'm not a Switcher, but I am an Adder.

VMWare Fusion, a very cool app that will let me run Windows apps on the Mac, is coming soon. I will write up my experiences at some point with that process, with a focus on how it works from the perspective of an IT guy. There are - plain and simple - certain apps that are only available on Windows that I need to use, so it will provide me with both worlds, at the same time. You can learn about Fusion here.

Everyone and their brother have already posted reviews and articles about the MacBook Air, so no point in me rehashing the obvious. Here are my initial highlights:
  • Keyboard - Backlit, brightness auto-adjusts, nice keys, quiet typing.
  • Screen - Excellent backlight, also auto-adjusts, bright and contrasty.
  • Thin - Well, duh. And light, too. That was what got me to look in the first place.
  • Battery - Not going to get the advertised 5 hours, but I have pounded it pretty hard for about 2.5 and its still advertising an hour left on the battery (first charge)
  • Close-lid-sleep-wake-up drill - Nice and quick. I like that.
Also, I picked up the "incase" brand neoprene sleeve case they had at the Apple store, which is really very nice. I am already liking it. Great protection and hey, it's all black. :)

I got home, opened it up despite being very tired, ran through the setup (nice, easy and cool), eventually climbed into bed and watched this past week's episode of Lost in HD on the 'net. The Air is a great computer for that, too. I like.

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Monday, 24 March 2008 16:20:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm eager to hear your review of VMWare Fusion. I've read all the hype, mostly from Mac zealots, so looking for a more balanced perspective :)

If I were to keep the PC vs. Mac score in my house, it's be 1 to 1. However, if we considered Windows vs MacOS it would be 2 to 0, a decisive win for Microsoft :) I run a MacMini but have Vista Ultimate on it for my Media Center needs.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 19:20:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
You seem to be equating Mac OS with the left, democrats and liberalism in general. I think this is a mistake. Windows users and developers tend to be more pragmatic in general. *BOTH* ends of the political spectrum tend to zealots as do MAC users. Please don't paint use (opps) democrats as liberals *AND* Mac OS users.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 19:47:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Rob - Umm... WOW.

You seem to be a bit preconditioned. It seems you assume that people are equating things they never even considered.

I was stating that it's a big week of change of view (or at least attention focus) for me - catharsis. I've been drawn to pay attention to a liberal candidate more than I anticipated, and I am also experiencing cathartic computer change.

And by the way I never used the term Democrat. Or Republican, for that matter. "Liberal" and "conservative" do not necessarily translate to "Democrat" and "Republican."

Seriously man, I was talking about me. Not about anyone else. As a conservative who enjoys his new Mac, maybe I should be offended by your assumptions?

But I have bigger fish to fry so maybe not. Just felt like I needed to put a stop to a misassumption here. Thanks for reading, and for commenting. :)
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