Love affair with the MacBook Air

Apple - MacBook Air - The next generation of MacBooks.

Six weeks ago, I announced the arrival of the new baby in the house, an 11-inch MacBook Air. Alas, not for me — for my wife. One commenter noted that I might not see her again for a few days, which turned out to be an accurate prediction.

My wife is a geek, but this little machine has catapulted her into a whole new level of geekiness. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t say, “Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my MacBook Air?” (Yes, dear…several times.) I’d be worried except that the MacBook Air can’t cook, so I know I’m still safe.

At any rate, my wife has now written a blog post of her own, detailing her experiences so far with this laptop. If you’re thinking about a MacBook Air (or just drooling over one), it’s worth a read. The take-home message: as long as you don’t need raw processing power (video or pro-level photo editing programs, for instance), or if you already have a desktop computer, the MacBook Airs are fantastic tools. I’m drooling over the 13″ model myself. Maybe by the time we can afford it, the latest model really will be able to cook.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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11 Responses to Love affair with the MacBook Air

  1. M. says:

    Aww, too bad Apple doesn’t consider us as worthy customers, so we kinda ignore its products. But this is always nice to read why MBA is so nice 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      M., where are you that Apple doesn’t consider you a worthy customer?

      Portugal only got its own Apple online store a couple of years ago, which sure made life a lot easier. But even before that, we could buy Apple products at places like FNAC. Of course, we paid an arm and a leg for them…

      • M. says:

        Poland. Europe.
        Oh well, you can buy Apple products here. But we don’t have access to all the rest. Like iTunes store for example.
        And yes, prices are… very Apple 😉

        • oregon expat says:

          Ah. We do have an iTunes store in Portugal, but it doesn’t feature nearly as much as the US store. Solution: a proxy server. Also handy for all of those Hulu, BBC, and various US channel videos that are unavailable for playing in Europe.

  2. Alma says:

    Hihi, nice twist at the end. Off to J’s blog now. 🙂

  3. Astrid says:

    Now the proxy server makes me curious: I’m from Germany and I’d love to watch the BBC, Hulu and so on. Any hint how this proxy server thing works?
    Pretty please 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      It works by routing your browser’s data requests through another network, which then presents a different IP address to the server you’re trying to access. If you’re accessing the BBC from Germany, the BBC servers can instantly tell that your IP address originates in Germany. But if you go through a UK proxy server, the BBC servers see the proxy server’s IP address — which is of course in the UK. Voila, you have access.

      I’m sure there are free ways of doing this, but that’s beyond my geek rating. We pay $9.95/month for VPN OverPlay, which offers proxies in several different nations. Another advantage: if you use a service like this, your IP is hidden behind their servers and your data stream is encrypted. Handy for using public wifi spots.

  4. Ana_ñ says:

    mmm… considering all things… mmm… I am not the one who cooks at home… mmm… if we renounce to travel on vacation… Does the 27-inch iMac cook???

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