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Post-keynote follow-up...
Authored by: eduo on Jan 12, '06 05:57:06AM

JustThinking:

It's been confirmed that iWeb works with servers other than .mac, Apple says that .mac is recommended because that's the only place 1-click publishing works. In other places you save your project and upload it yourself, which is workable enough.

For Apple every laptop has to have a "book" as they've come to associate that suffix to portables. I myself don't like MacBook as much as I liked PowerBook but I'm happy they didn't went with "MacTop Pro". ProBook doesn't sound right either (BTW, the reason it doesn't roll of the tongue as well is because the name has one less syllablle and misses the word "power", which we've associated with Pro for a long time, a name like MacBook sounds like an entry-level machine).

Rhostacean:
You are dissapointed because you want to be. You have expectations that may not what Apple sought to fulfill. I myself don't think the MBP is a PRO machine, but a medium-range machine destined to sit between what we now see as the powerbook and the ibook.

To me both MacBook and ProBook are lame names, which goes to show you how the name that you pick might not be liked elsewhere either (the same can happen to Apple which is famous for having named a mac "Flower Power" and another "Dalmatian", so be thankful).

The remote should NOT be bluetooth. This is so basic I feel tired just explaining it. Bluetooth is a wonderful technology that can be used for tons of things. Remote controls is NOT one of them. This is unarguable (if such word exists). A bluetooth device is using up battery constantly (unless you're prepared to wait a couple of seconds when changing channels until the remote couples with the host machine) and its battery usage while transmitting (which is independent from the fact that it must be connected constantly or at least available) is hundreds of times higher than what an IR connection requires.

IR has the advantage of using almost no electricity, of using this electricity only when needed and being as cheap a technology as you could get above using a cord and a couple of plastic cups.

There are times when the latest and greatest technology, amazing as this will sound, is NOT the best solution to a problem. Using Bluetooth for an unidirectional remote control (or anything other than RF for a bidirectional one) is as misguided as making a FireWire 800 mouse and could only ever be made to satisfy buzzword-hungry users.

On the port. In most laptops this is on the side (and they are usually darker in color, so it doesn't show) because it's used to transfer files. On the mac it's used to control the computer. It could've been placed in the iSight hole (as in the iMac) but that would've meant it couldn't be used with the lid closed (I wonder if Apple considered a swivelling iSight, it would've made for an "in the pinch" DV camera).

About front row being the best media experience I vote for this being an "in context" comment. This means that after one hour of referring to the iLife media as the "de facto" media of MacOSX (however arbitrary or subjective this definition might be) the usage of the word for the rest of the Keynote would refer to the same. And Front Row is, arguably, the best "iLife Media" experience currently available (mainly because it's probably the only serious attempt at one, admittedly).

I myself find XBMC, XPMC and the lesser-known-but-equally-designed media centers out there (I'm covering any you could mention, believe me) to not work for me, whereas Front Row is simple and specific enough to work. I don't need anything more than what it offers and for me that means "ideal and best". Some people would prefer if the thing ripped DVDs, read pirated DivX movies and played Ogg files directly. More power to them, I'm satisfied (and most people I've seen using Front Row are as well, keep in mind that Apple, again, may not be appealing to YOU, who might know what an AVI file is, but to armchair users who just want to pop a DVD in and see it, play their music (preferrably bought in the iTMS) and see their grandchildren pictures easily).

I know it's hard to be objective and easy to think one is the "normal user Apple and other companies should be aiming" but really, it's like nobody even tries any more. I meet users that argue that power-users expect newbies to know everything just to later inherit the same arrogant and snob posture of thinking themselves the sole market of new products.

Your comment on being depressed that apps are being ported to Intel and comparing multiplatform binaries to Classic running under OSX says a lot more about the reason behind your gripes than you'd probably be willing to admit, mind you (and I don't mean this in a bad way, it just says a lot). Repurchasing apps is a fact of computing. Don't repurchase them if they work on Rosetta. I can tell right away that applications in Rosetta work faster in the MBP than they ever did in my G4 12" PowerBook6,2 so I wouldn't mind. I'd be bummed "Bus'D Out" didn't work any more, seeing as it has survived more than two decades and it's like a pet to me now, but I'd be willing to live with that.

Also, tell yourself that just because no TV-top Mac mini came out that doesn't mean what came out is actually a bad thing. I can still remember all the abuse the iPod received when it came out by users that were just burned the much-rumored PDA didn't ever exist. This is converting your own expectations into attacks at someone/thing that never gave you reason for having them in the first place.

Continuing (you'll excuse me, but you just happened to summarize a lot of comments I've been seeing all around the place, so I'll just run with it and finish them all and feel better about myself), you thought they'd "fix" the half-height cursor keys and, to me, this is assuming quite a lot considering they might not think their keys are "broken" (I know I don't think mine are and I actually like them half-height, same as the function-keys). So they may not "fix" something they don't is broken.

The integrated iSight and your "Welcome to the nineties" comment. Please go back and see the quality and resolution of those nineties cameras (mostly Vaio laptops). Then come back and ask yourself why it would be a big deal for mac users (I can hint a two reasons to get you started: First and most important: THERE WERE NO INTEGRATED CAMERAS EVER FOR MACS!!!, how unimportant could it be that it existed for other platforms before if you're glad it exists for yours?, secondly: The iSight is arguably a much better camera than most integrated options out there (especially from the nineties). I would've thought better to give an opinion on why could Apple not have considered making it removable or movable at least (I tend to get on my iSight what's in front of my PowerBook more often than showing my own misshappen face)

You were hoping to get a revised iBook range with Intel and didn't get one. Then it's a good choice you choose to buy the existing ones. You were disappointed, again, because you chose to expect something nobody promised you (really, the rumors sites are making everyone into whiners). If you can wait wait, if you can afford a MBP then that's better than any existing iBook. If you can't do either then get an iBook and be happy, as it was as good a machine as it was three days ago (it's amazing how people convert and excellent machine, iBook or everything else from "An excellent option" into "The last of the barrel" as soon as a new machine comes out. It's as good as it was a week ago and it will be so for as long as the normal life of Macs is from the time they get discontinued (which the iBooks yet haven't been)).

I'll go shut up again, and thanks for the fodder. I needed that.

Eduo
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Post-keynote follow-up...
Authored by: solipsism on Jan 12, '06 09:21:54AM

Nice article, Eduo. Quite long but I'm glad I decided to read it.

Nice data on the IR port, I didn't know Bluetooth was always on. I have a question about the iMac IR port. I thought it was behind the Apple symbol toward the bottom. If not, can someone post some proof of this so I read up on it. It would be much appreciated.

As for the name, I could careless what they called it as long as functions correctly. The name is the least important change and yet I here people complaining more about this than anything else. Is this really a deciding factor for people?

I'm quite happy to finally get an integrated camera on the Notebooks. Constantly carrying and having to setup a camera has always been a bit of a pain. I'm sure I'd use it more too now that it's inegrated.

What about the concerns of slightly less resolution (but the same for all intensive purposes) and the removal of the DL buring feature?



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umm...
Authored by: sjk on Jan 12, '06 07:53:17PM
umm...
Authored by: eduo on Jan 13, '06 02:09:43AM

And "I couldn't care less", while at it :)

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Post-keynote follow-up...
Authored by: eduo on Jan 13, '06 02:30:20AM

Yeah, I know it was lengthy, but somehow the parent post just triggered something in me. I'd started fuming much earlier with the lots and lots of disinformation around and couldn't take it any more.

Especially as most of the complaints were either knee-jerk reactions ("Gah! BAd nAMe!! BAD NamE!!"); self-righteous, self-justifying, obviously weak rants, ("Well, If apple can't implement FW800 then I guess I won't be upgrading my Tangerine iBook now, will I? The WHOLE reason I've been considering upgrading to a Powerbook is the FW800 port") or Disillusionment over exaggerated expectations generated by either wishful thinking ("But I *WANTED* Apple to include a magnetic iPod and two CD bays and 10 hours battery!") or by believing rumor sites have anything that even approaches serious journalism practices ("I can't believe Apple didn't come out with the Plasma Displays and the TV-receiving Intel Mac Minis" -I still can't believe people actually considered these as possibilities- )

As they say: "Armchair Generals have the advantage over their real-life counterparts in the they can say their pieces without the need for Intelligence to back it up".

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