Thursday, May 01, 2008

Compact parcel

Ya gotta like Apple's new efforts in making their packaging compact. This parcel is barely bigger than the one my last version of Photoshop came in, and that one only contained a CD and 38 pages of legal boilerplate. :)

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On the other hand, Apple sometimes goes overboard with the aesthetics*. Witness this external superdrive. Very slick, very pretty. But what's with the eight inch cord? Suppose you want to have the laptop on your lap? And the minuscule 4-point text on the back, printed in... matt black on glossy black! Holy cow.


* No, I'm wrong, what they sometimes go a little overboard with since the millinnium, is minimalism. I'm almost a minimalist myself, but not quite. I like simplicity. But I sometimes wish they would not go all the way to complete featurelessness. For instance I liked the curves on the lid and on the edges of my old Powerbook G3. (Man, that was a wonderful machine for the time, but it cost like five grand. Laptop prices have sure fallen since then!)


Lou said:

How's the build quality? Let us know how long it stays good.


eolake said...

Each time I get a new Mac, the build quality gets even better.

Only frustration right now is that I have way too many files for the automatic Migration Assistant software to work, and it won't do it partially, so I can't figure out any easy way to transfer my settings, bookmarks, macros...


7 comments:

rcmedia said...

Very true - most companies and corporations try to save anything they can with regard to packaging and shipping. Some use plastics, and others use paper and cardboard products. Kodak has done a great job of using recycled paper/cardboard for their packaging for printers and cameras.
And congratulations on your new laptop!

Lou Judson said...

Mac has some of the worst unrecyclable packing history - I see they still use styrofoam. Such a waste!

How's the build quality? Let us know how long it stays good.

Lou

eolake said...

Each time I get a new Mac, the build quality gets even better.

Only frustration right now is that I have way too many files for the automatic Migration Assistant software to work, and it won't do it partially, so I can't figure out any easy way to transfer my settings, bookmarks, macros...

Final Identity said...

I'm going to buy a laptop soon. I am thinking micro mini. It will have to be Windoze (unfortunately?) -- to be compatible with the law school software. Any suggestions? Or at least, where should I look 'round for reviews?

Alex said...

"I have way too many files for the automatic Migration Assistant software to work"

Do you need all those files on your laptop? Sure, you'll want your applications, but are these data files too? I keep a lot of stuff in a central place, 40GB of WMA files, and 5 years of family snaps live on the server at home. The laptops only have current projects on them, and the one that goes to the office has mere 10GB of music, just to keep my sanity.

Being so thin, does that thing even have a PC card slot or ExpressCard slot?

Bert said...

I understand your problem, really. Last deep scan I made of my system revealed nearly 500,000 files, all types confounded. With storage prices dropping steadily, I never felt the need to discard anything, and now things got to a point where any cleanup effort would have to be colossal to have any real impact on this situation.

What oft amazes me though, is that I still can find just about anything I wish in this mess. One would think that such a mass of data wouldn't be manageable...

eolake said...

No card slot.

I don't need most files, but I miss my macros and bookmarks.