Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thin is Beautiful

Elegant, gorgeous, eminently useful, and a HUGE TEMPTATION! Thin women don't really move me, but this. . . oh baby!



Here's my big question: how sturdy is it? It's so dang thin that I keep picturing myself letting it slip out of my hands onto the tile floor. Will it shatter? I want to know.

Hopefully, someone will make a rubberized sleeve for it.

Watch Steve Jobs do his magic.



What I love about this particular clip is the response of the guy who's making the video when Jobs takes it out of the envelope. It's like. . . well, you know. What a hoot!

8 comments:

richard said...

It will probably just float...

franciscanmafia said...

Very cool, but no optical drive...

Jeff Meyers said...

Maybe the optical drive slot now has an airbag that deploys moments before it hit's the concrete after slipping through your greasy, quarter-pounder-with-cheese fingers.

Bobber said...

I keep wondering what other companies products would be like if Job's worked for them. Like Fuller Brush, what would they look like?

I guess something is wrong with me. Whatever is holding the software doesn't really excite me nearly as much as what the software is (inside the box or paper thin case) and how it's designed.

Now this I do find exciting, especially when you consider that it's cost is not in any way inflated.

Lori Shaffer said...

"A skinny girl is misery" - Lyle Lovett!

I'll be sure and tell your thin wife that you're unmoved by thin women.

I'm about a "0" on the technologically-savvy scale, but this is the first time I've even been tempted to consider a laptop. I've always thought they were cumbersome.

Richard said...

No user replaceable battery either, and only one USB port. Cute though.

Jeff Meyers said...

I've had laptops for 15 years now, but I don't ever remember needing more than one USB port. For most people, their laptop is their portable computer. I take it on trips and to the library. I don't carry around a pile of USB peripherals.

The battery issue may be more important for some people. Not me. I don't fly much oversees where I need two or three batteries.

As for the optical drive, a USB thumb drive works for data transfer. And then there's the wireless network. But I wonder how I will be able to install my Adobe software on the new laptop. Well, I guess one can always download it and activate it. A lot of software these days doesn't need to be purchased in the traditional fashion (with a CD/DVD in a box).

Remember when Apple made the first iMac's that had no floppy drive. Everybody was saying, "Oh my, what a huge mistake." Fact was, the floppy was obsolete. The same is true for optical drives ON LAPTOPS. There will still be a place for them on your desktop, of course. But they are hardly needed on laptops.

Richard said...

Floppies aren't quite as extinct as you think. There are still lots of student's at the seminary that still use them.

And I can imagine lots of times when a person would want an attached optical drive. Apple says you can use other optical drives on your wireless network to install applications, but I've had plenty of macs that crashed and wouldn't boot to the hard drive at all. Drive diagnostics normally require the use of an attached optical drive. They say you can reinstall from a drive on the network, but I bet that will work only if your machine can boot in the first place.

Anyway, like I said, looks like a nice machine, but I would want the external optical drive, and I would probably wait to the 2nd generation when most of the inevitable bugs are exterminated.