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Jul. 18th, 2008 | 05:40 pm

Please make an ultracompact laptop. Everyone else bloody is. Please also note that

* an iPhone is not a laptop;
* a Macbook Air is not an ultracompact, despite what it claims, and is too expensive anyway;
* you're removing support for non-Intel machines with OS X 10.6, so people can't even get the closest thing to an ultracompact at the moment which is a second-hand 12" Powerbook and expect it to continue to be useful in a year or so.

I find that I am using my 12" iBook more than I actually use my Macbook Pro, despite it being ancient and a G3 (so it won't even run Leopard) and actually just as heavy if not heavier. It runs the apps that I use day-to-day, I rsync it with my iMac before I go out, and I can put it in a bag and wander. It is, however, starting to approach the point of unusable slowness and it does weigh me down.

I find that I am using the Eee less these days, really only for occasional web browsing and to play nethack. The screen's too small to do any proper work on and I can't access my calendar or to-do lists. I think in practice a 9-10" screen would be more useful. It's still a perfect size mind you and I certainly don't regret getting it.

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Jul. 18th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)

I feel the same way about my EEE. It is great to take places though, was perfect for carrying around at Wizard World Chicago. Although now that I got an iPod touch I feel like I have the same or nearly the same functionality in my pocket. I still prefer the EEE keyboard over the iNterface on the touch though.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 19th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)

Don't forget my offer to take any old Mac or EEE off your hands ...

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from: saltation_lj
date: Jul. 23rd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)

>"starting to approach the point of unusable slowness"

ah! you're seeing the same macosx-cruft slowdowns i'm seeing as well?

we used to joke about windows-cruft. now that we've regressed from macos to a windows-alike we're getting the same syndrome. over and above the same iron-fettered inability to freak the environment any way that suits.
without the herd chasing apple along from fresh upgrade/install to fresh upgrade/install with such relatively high frequency, i think macosx would be more widely perceived to be as tatty a UI bodge as it actually is.

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Re: Cruft

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 24th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)

Well, I don't think it's cruft, it has always been slow - it's just that I've not been using it heavily until recently so haven't really noticed. A bedroom "check your email before you get up" machine doesn't have the demands on it as one that you use for actual proper work. Also, I wipe and reinstall quite a lot because I use it as a testbed to see if there is any PPC distribution of Linux that's worth a damn (the answer always being "no" of course) and I'm quite punctilious about removing every app I don't need with AppZapper after I got it for free.

The thing is, what, six years old now, and has been carted and bashed about an awful lot - it's amazing that everything works without a hitch, apart from being slow obviously.

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