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Old 01-16-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default MacBook Air and some other stuff

MacInTouch has several reports on MacWorld 2008, which opened yesterday (January 15) in San Francisco.

Many of the reader replies are grouchy, though not all. Henry Norr, veteran reporter on all things Mac, gives his first (fairly detailed) impression of the new MacBook Air, which sounds very beautiful.

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… the MacBook Air is still a sight to behold. It's undeniably a tour de force of engineering and design. Subnotebooks have never sold terribly well, but the thinnest of them have always elicited a special excitement (I remember years ago when a normally staid Wall Street analyst described an then-upcoming HP ultralight to me as "pure sex"), and the MacBook Air is the thinnest ever – by far.

   
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I'm a bit ticked off at Apple because I think they mined their user lists and then spammed the subscribers with an email ad for the new notebook...

It does look pretty cool...

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I'm a bit ticked off at Apple because I think they mined their user lists and then spammed the subscribers with an email ad for the new notebook...

It does look pretty cool...
FWIW: I own four registered Macs, three separate Apple software packages, and have a mac.com address, and yet did not receive any e-mail ad for the new notebook.

   
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Amazingly thin and for such a small thingie, a generous sized display. I don't think I'll trade in my baby laptop though. The Air may be gorgeous but they've shaved too much off it to make it worth consideration.

Granted it's the only teenyweeny game in Mac town, but you can get a substantially lighter PC for the same or less money and not have to give up replaceable batteries, extra USB ports and such.

But you have to admit, it's stylin'.

   
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Amazingly thin and for such a small thingie, a generous sized display. I don't think I'll trade in my baby laptop though. The Air may be gorgeous but they've shaved too much off it to make it worth consideration.

Granted it's the only teenyweeny game in Mac town, but you can get a substantially lighter PC for the same or less money and not have to give up replaceable batteries, extra USB ports and such.

But you have to admit, it's stylin'.
Oh, yes.

For David Pogue’s take on the Air, his New York Times column today: Gizmos, Gadgets and Steve Jobs too.

   
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Like so many Apple products, it oozes style and sophistication. But, since the manufacturing tolerances must be extremely tight, can they build the thing reliably?

   
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Like so many Apple products, it oozes style and sophistication. But, since the manufacturing tolerances must be extremely tight, can they build the thing reliably?
Dunno, but Apple’s record on that score is pretty good, considering they make computers.

But I wouldn’t buy version 1.0, that’s for sure. In fact, cute as it is, I cannot think of a good use for it. Now, if I were still traveling a lot, it would be great.

   
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I guess I'm just special...'-}}

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That must be it.

Or some Apple reseller got you on his hot list. Some of those people are like vultures. Worse, really — vultures actually do useful work.

   
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LOL!!

Apple used to have an office right here in Reston--about 3 minutes from my house--and they used to have really nice seminars that I went to every now and again (they gave away cool toys too) but the moved the office way the hell and gone further south so I haven't been to an Apple function in a number of years...

I figured that's where they got my cserve email address but my mail.com address has only been used to sign up with the ColorsyncUsers list which is why I figured they'd mined the subscription database...

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