Posts Tagged ‘intel’

Buying a Mac for the First Time: A 13-Inch Refurbished MacBook Air for $929 Seems a Good Deal – Long, Long Battery Life

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Apple Refurb had 13-Inch MacBooks Air for just $929 a little while back.

So I bought a Mac.

For the first time.

I’ve used Macs before but not on purpose.

Now here’s the key:

“Originally released June 2013″

Intel Haswell, baby – that’s the ticket to loooong battery life. The older MBAs look the same, but they have different guts

Pluses include battery life (and the 1000 lifetime recharge cycle), the small form factor and the lighted keyboard.

Minuses include the Mac OS and the Mac keyboard layout, and the very short battery life if you have the processor working hard. (Surfing the web, it has a much better battery life than competitors, but actual processing uses up its tiny batteries turbo fast. I guess you should have it plugged in when doing heavy lifting. That’s fair enough.)

Anyway, this was the deal, when it was around. I like it:

Graduation Gifts 2010 – Is the Apple iPad “The Best Way to Experience the Web?” No.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in my day, the ideal graduation gift for rich kids was a baby BMW of some sort – you know, with a giant bow atop a convertible roof. But Steve Jobs is trying to upset the Apple cart by getting people to think that an iPad is the best gift for matriculates.

I don’t know, maybe it is. However, this new ad campaign… 

…says the iPad is ”The Best Way to Experience the Web.”

First of all, Apple means the best portable way to experience the web, right? And then, what’s this deal about using the word ”experience” as a verb? (Is “experiencing the web” a passive event like watching a movie? Are you a creator, at least sometimes, or a merely a consumer of the Web? Mmmm.)

Anywho, the big beef, of course, if the absence of Adobe’s Flash. I know that it, like a strong federal government, might whither away at some point, as Lenin said, but we aint there yet, comrade. In 2010, anyway, You Can’t “Experience” the Web Without Flash.

The smaller beef would be the absence of industry-standard inputs and outputs. I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t trade my aging netbook, which is worth about $100 and was somewhat crippled by one of the many Intel vs. NVIDIA spats, for any kind of iPad. I mean, iPads can’t run Photoshop or nothing, right? (BTW, is there an App for Photoshop? I’d like to see what that would look like. Srsly.) Oh, to run ‘Shop I’d need a MacBook Air (Apple’s name for their expensive netbook with hinges that used to fall apart if you looked at them the wrong way) or a four-figure laptop? Oh, O.K.

Hey kids, you’ve taken your SATs, right? Try this:

Regular Web is to expensive, portable, compromised iPad Web as

Regular bike is to expensive, portable, compromised Dahon Brompton bike.

Brompton folding bikes are nice for the people who use them for commuting. (They’re pretty expensive, and there are a lot of design compromises involved of course.) These things are popular, but are they The Best Way to Experience Cycling? Hells no. 

A regular bike is cheaper AND better for most people of course. 

Just saying. 

(Time’s tide will smother you, Apple.)