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Tuesday, 7 January 2003


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2042 - New goodness from Apple

Three good things came out of Apple today at MacWorld:

1) A new Powerbook, with a 12-inch screen. I'd been planning to buy a new Powerbook after getting my income tax refund, but grumbling at the size of the 15-inch version. The new small one is just what I wanted, since it's as powerful as the old version (well, nearly so, anyway, 867 MHz vs. 1 GHz), and almost as small as my Armada.

2) A new web browser, Safari. It's based on a rendering engine out of the KDE project, and works very well indeed, even better than the one I'd been using, Omniweb. Very good work for a beta release. I've switched. Take that, M$.

3) An X interface for OS X. (X as in the X Windowing System, the graphics standard for Unix systems.) There's been one before, but this one's supported by Apple. Seems to work.

current mood: [mood icon] pleased

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From:frostyw
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I must say that I have grown quite happy with my 12.1" G3 iBook (previous generation 700MHz with Combo DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive). At first I had gotten this system to mostly play with the Mac OS X and its Darwin underpinnings, so I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money. Now that I've grown accustomed to the iBook, and I've for most intents and purposes switched to the Mac outside of the workplace, I still find that my 12.1" display is quite acceptable. It's certainly easier to take around the house on a whim, especially with the internalized Airport card.

I imagine the new Powerbook more or less resembles my generation and current generation iBooks in overall design, except that the Powerbook also has the external PC Card slots.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear you have an iMac, since I hadn't figured you to take to Apple products. What drew you to the platform?
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From:jmaynard
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The new Powerbook has an aluminum case, but I think it's pretty comparable to the iBook in design otherwise. One thing it does not have is external PC Card slots, though. Since all I use the slot on my Armada for is reading CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards from my digital camera and a Cisco WiFi card, I don't think I'll miss it.

I originally got my iMac (an 800 MHz 15-inch flat panel) to do video capture and DVD authoring. (Copying all of my Animaniacs, etc. collection to DVD.) Once I used it for a while, though, OS X sold me completely. It's what Apple should have done years ago.
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From:frostyw
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I've read a design flaw in the original TiBook lead to poor Airport reception. Apparently the newer iBooks (with the antenna around the display) are the gold standard.
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From:jmaynard
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The new Powerbooks have the Airport antenna around the display, as well. I expect they'll work quite well.

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