Tuesday, 7 January 2003
|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: pleased
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?
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.
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.
The new Powerbooks have the Airport antenna around the display, as well. I expect they'll work quite well.