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twodayslate
01-16-2008, 03:22 AM
As most of you should know MacWorld happened today. Apple release many new products but most importantly the Macbook Air.
http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

shyam
01-16-2008, 06:10 AM
u aren't two days late after all ;)

ley
01-16-2008, 02:53 PM
"Starting at 1799"

Apple. Underpowered, and overpriced as usual. I could only imagine how easily this thing could be damaged. I'll stick to my thinkpad tablet.

twodayslate
01-16-2008, 10:08 PM
I posted it the day of MacWorld.

Yeah, I might get a mac. I have connections.

rmedek
01-16-2008, 10:37 PM
"Starting at 1799"

Apple. Underpowered, and overpriced as usual. I could only imagine how easily this thing could be damaged. I'll stick to my thinkpad tablet.

I don't understand this underpowered thing. At the moment I am typing this, I have Safari, Photoshop, TextMate and Fireworks open on a 23" monitor running from my laptop. On the laptop's monitor I have Windows XP running IE 6. There is no discernible lag at all while switching from program to program. Of course, the 4GB of RAM I have might be helping.

The Air could be a full development machine for most people; the only bummer for me is the lack of ports—Firewire especially. But I run a lot of music software on mine, not sure how many style-conscious people who want an attractive, portable, powerful secondary notebook will miss that.

twodayslate
01-17-2008, 05:35 PM
You are using IE6? Should your opinion even count?
/sarcasm/

Inigoesdr
01-17-2008, 06:01 PM
I don't understand this underpowered thing.
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The Air could be a full development machine for most people; the only bummer for me is the lack of ports—Firewire especially. But I run a lot of music software on mine, not sure how many style-conscious people who want an attractive, portable, powerful secondary notebook will miss that.
I read an article that said the Air's processor options ranged from something like 1.8Ghz to 2.2Ghz(not exact, and I don't care enough to look it up), so regardless of weight/ram/ports/etc., $1800 is a bit much. If you have that kind of money, and you need a laptop you're probably going to go for something more powerful, and with more weight as the tradeoff. The article also mentioned people complaining about not being able to switch the battery as it's internal.. I don't personally think that's a big deal.. I've only taken the battery out of my laptop once and that was to perform a hardware upgrade. It(the article) did seem a little anti-Apple claiming that Macworld was a huge disappointment to fans.

twodayslate
01-18-2008, 12:14 AM
Apple has been known to overprice products.
People buy them because of the logo.

centrationinc
01-18-2008, 12:38 AM
From what I understand it has the same computing power of the macbook. I mean the macbook air is for the man on the go with no extra hands or pockets to put extra peripherals. It makes sense.... but if your putting less material into your product with the same computer, should it be cheaper? maybe its just the cheapskate inside of me.

rmedek
01-18-2008, 01:05 AM
Apple has been known to overprice products.
People buy them because of the logo.

Well, I bought an Apple because I owned several PCs over the years and they all sucked and made me hate computers. Not until I used an Apple did I actually start enjoying doing things on the computer. It's a well designed machine, both inside and out.


but if your putting less material into your product with the same computer, should it be cheaper? maybe its just the cheapskate inside of me.

Sure, but since when should consumers pay for materials only? Using that theory, web design should be free because there are no materials exchanging hands. Either way, there's hella crazy engineering required to make a design like that work, not to mention some elements, like the LED backlit screen, which are more expensive.

twodayslate
01-18-2008, 03:56 AM
Sony's thought on the MacBook Air (http://gizmodo.com/345829/interview-sonys-thoughts-on-the-macbook-air). They basically said they could do it about 4 years ago but didn't because they did not want to sacrifice CD/DVD drives etc;

Apostropartheid
01-23-2008, 06:48 PM
I don't honestly see the point in the thing.

Alright, I don't like the way OS X functions, and I know Apple really does up the price tag on a Mac for nothing (I mean, you can install OS X on a PC) but this is quite severe. I'm sure it'd go down once they get some competition, but a 1kg laptop is kinda ridiculous. If the wind blows hard enough, well, the Thames just swallowed up £1000...

VIPStephan
01-23-2008, 10:50 PM
Why are you people so seriously racking your brains about the price and usefulness of the MacBook Air? Nobody said that this is a pro software development or gaming computer. This is for those wealthy and always-on-the-run banker-types that like to show what huge balls they have by presenting a status symbol at a conference where they just open their MacBook and everything works wireless.

Don’t look at this from a geek point of view. This is just a nice little gimmick for people that have some money to spend to put on their desk in their well designed (home) office – sort of an expensive internet surfing machine.

Why is it expensive? Well… why is the dog licking his own balls?

bcarl314
01-23-2008, 11:46 PM
Sure, but since when should consumers pay for materials only? Using that theory, web design should be free because there are no materials exchanging hands. Either way, there's hella crazy engineering required to make a design like that work, not to mention some elements, like the LED backlit screen, which are more expensive.

What are you talking about? On my last project I think I sent over 100 trillion electrons to my client. I'm pretty cheap though, I only charge 0.01 cents per electron! :D

twodayslate
01-24-2008, 12:28 AM
sort of an expensive internet surfing machine.
I think I would rather save my money and buy an Asus Eee (http://event.asus.com/eeepc/microsites/en/index.htm) if I just wanted to use the internet.

rmedek
01-24-2008, 06:23 PM
This is just a nice little gimmick for people that have some money to spend to put on their desk in their well designed (home) office – sort of an expensive internet surfing machine.

Why is it expensive? Well… why is the dog licking his own balls?

I'm beginning to think that all of you here haven't been on a date in years—because if you had you'd know the value of style. :p


What are you talking about? On my last project I think I sent over 100 trillion electrons to my client. I'm pretty cheap though, I only charge 0.01 cents per electron! :D

Now that sounds like a rate plan. I've been charging my clients 1¢/letter. :D

liorean
01-24-2008, 09:04 PM
I'm beginning to think that all of you here haven't been on a date in years—because if you had you'd know the value of style. :pNon sequiteur. I've not had a date in years, but I do know the value of style. That's why I shave every morning... oh, wait. I have a goatee, and actually don't shave that often. Never mind, then :)

rmedek
01-26-2008, 07:22 AM
I've not had a date in years, but I do know the value of style. That's why I shave every morning... oh, wait. I have a goatee, and actually don't shave that often. Never mind, then :)

We need to get you out of the house. The next time I'm in Sweden we are going out on the town. :D

marek_mar
01-26-2008, 06:07 PM
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