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Not my cup of tea
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jan 16, '08 07:58:01AM

Before MacWorld I fretted that Apple might come up with something that'd make me regret buying a MacBook last fall. That didn't happen.

The MacBook Air is like an expensive but temperamental sports car. The lack of a full set of ports and a replaceable battery mean trouble. Ethernet is secure. WiFi isn't, not to mention the interference if I tried to use it for large scale backup. Jobs may live in a big house on a big lot. I don't. I can pick up over 20 non-stealth WiFi sources from my hillside apartment. Ditto the built-in battery. Why should an battery that's just a little weak be tossed out as worthless?

If the twits at the Sierra Club had sense, they'd forget looking for traces of obscure chemicals inside iPods and make an issue of Apple's battery policy. Toss-away products with hard-to-replace batteries is Apple's real sin against the eco-puritan ethos of "waste not, want not."

Steve Jobs' speech made me realize that what I really want is a sturdy, less-toy-looking version of the $180 OLPC. Something cheap, rugged, and simple for the writing I do away from my desk. And I suspect when the US version of OLPC begins to eat into Apple's education sales, they'll find they need to create one.

Until then, I'll enjoy my MacBook.

--Mike Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien



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Not my cup of tea
Authored by: hamarkus on Jan 16, '08 10:16:45AM

It's the same with two-seater cars. Who on earth would buy them, can't fit more than two people. What were the companies thinking, they must be stupid and arrogant. Think about the person-mileage a two-seater gets, much lower than a four-seater car. I would stop buying cars from companies that make two-seater cars, they really insult one's intelligence. And then this, they have the audacity to sell two-seaters for a higher price than four-seaters.



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