Even though I own an Apple computer (a G4 iBook) and am on my second iPod I just never write about Apple products on here. There isn’t much to write about I guess. The iBook is used for Garageband, the iPod syncs to a Windows computer to make sure I’ve got enough podcasts and music to get through the daily train ride to and from the office, and thats about it. I never use the iBook for general computing and even though iTunes runs like an old shopping trolley and regularly forgets my settings I don’t see the need to constantly complain about it here.

But that is not to say I don’t try to keep up with developments in the Apple universe. I listen to Macbreak Weekly and Windows Weekly each week (Windows Weekly includes a lot of Apple news funnily enough) and I am considering a Mac Pro for my next home computer… er, in a year or two.

So like most other people I’ve found the release of the Macbook Air pretty interesting and the mix of positive and negative press about it to be pretty amusing (the higher the expectations the worse the review basically). Until now though I hadn’t laughed at review like I did with Guy Kawasaki’s post about his purchase of an Air.

Day 7: Having read all the specs and reviews about the Air, decide that this “no-compromise” machine has way too many compromises. For example, no Ethernet, no CD/DVD drive, tiny hard disk/solid-state drive (I have forty gigabytes of pictures alone), incompatible with my 30-inch Apple monitor, and a ridiculous new power supply.

Day 22: Go to Apple store “just to look at it.” End up buying it.

Day 27: New sense of freedom because new MacBook Pro is gone. Still, man cannot live on Air alone, so what’s going to be my “main” computer with a big hard disk? Back to Apple store. Buy an iMac and while there, some bling for my Air: external drive, two power supplies, and Ethernet connector. Did Apple hire some MBA from Gilette who thinks the real money is in power supplies, not computers? The next time Steve buys a pair of New Balances, I hope his old socks don’t work with them.

About the Author

Paul Cunningham

Paul is a former Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul no longer writes for Practical365.com.

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