Macs are flakey. Macs are slow. Macs crash. Macs are toys. Macs are for (um) wimps. Blah blah blah . . .
Not so, my friends. I’ve had a shiny new Mac laptop for just over twenty-four hours, and it’s already convinced me.
It’s just so beautiful. The screen is big and sharp and colorful, and the text looks great. (I’ll still be using the PC for color-sensitive work and printing until Adobe comes up with a version of Photoshop that runs natively on Macs with Intel inside, which should be soon.) The windows look amazing; there’s no better way to describe it. (Well, okay, there is, but it uses boring words like alpha blending and transparency and hardware accelaration on the GPU and . . . you see.) When the wee little beastie is sleeping, it has a nifty LED that pulses gently, reminding me to wake it up later. Oh, and it’s brushed silver, like my first mountain bike, which ultimately got scuffed up a bit from those times I tried to scrape my face off. Now if only my palms didn’t sweat so much and leave little palm prints near the keyboard.
I plugged in the ethernet cable from the DSL, and it connected without even pushing a button or installing software or letting me choose the wrong option or making me call Verizon tech support. The
WiFi AirPort even mooched a bit off my neighbor yesterday before that sadly went away. When we get a wireless router after our vacation, my plans to surf the web update my blog while watching TV will finally come to fruition. I think it might even be faster transfering data, too.
It even gets Hindi right (even if I don’t). नमस्ते जी. Okay, so I want to find a better input method than “Devanagari – QWERTY.” You know something nice like that add-in I downloaded for Windows. But everything worked right out of the box, and the nicer of the two that comes with the Mac isn’t bad; it does put syllables more or less with their corresponding English sounds. Still nothing quite compares to typing something in the Roman alphabet and watching it transliterate itself into Hindi.
Images look great. Music sounds great. DVDs look great.
Damn you, Steve Jobs, for letting early Macs be so . . . er . . . bad in the Grinnell computer labs that I had to wait ten long years to realize how nice they really could be.
Now, if only I could find a real “delete” key. You know something that removes the next character not the previous. Yeah, then I’ll be set.