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Web Dev on an Air

“First and foremost: I miss the backlit keyboard.”

via Using a MacBook Air for Web Development – Monday By Noon.

Partly just adding fuel to the fire for Will here.

I honestly thought I’d miss it too but, I don’t. I kinda forgot about the feature until after my purchase realized it a week later noticing that I didn’t miss it. I think my use has changed over the last year. I used to do a lot on the couch at night behind the TV. Now I do a lot more things (ie running) at night, sometimes just sitting outside with flesh and blood people.

Either way rumour is the next version will have the feature. Nice to have but I’ll be in no hurry to upgrade.

Oh and I did build the CastRoller App, albeit a small app, in xcode and it took seconds. Bet it’s not a huge deal to write apps on this thing.


I really do love my MacBook Air. I take it almost everywhere with me. It’s more then what I need 99% of the time.

My only complaint is this.

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Because it causes this.


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🙁 I tend to rest my thumb on the cut out under the trackpad. I have an almost permanent indent on my thumb. I’ve been passively looking for a case or filler that rounds the sharp edge. haven’t found anything yet. It also can’t add too much bulk. Maybe I’m asking too much.

Drive Away from MacBook Air

For some reason I really like these new MacBook Airs. On the logical side of my brain I know it’s less powerful then even the three year old MacBookPro I have on my desk. I almost never take a laptop with me, never when I travel to conferences, other places only when I’m going to be programming or editing Audio or Video.Still its hard not to hit the buy button. I’m going to need an upgrade to my main work machine soon. It still works I’m just way behind the curve on OSX (Leopard) and I’d rather upgrade the machine then do an OS update. I think I might go with a Mac Mini though. This thing never leaves my desk anyways.One big thing I have been thinking about on the new Airs though. I heard them say the storage is now “right on the board” rather then the traditional style of drive. My question is, can I remove the drive? From the internal images on the site it kinda looks like you can but it doesn’t say that. There are a lot of folks in the privacy game that would never touch a computer that they can’t take the drive out of when they sell it. I’d guess the smart way to build these things is to put the storage on a board like RAM so it’s easily swappable but I don’t see anything saying that!And you thought not being able the get at the battery was a problem!

DeysCast Oct 10 2008

.Almost the Thanksgiving Weekend (in Canada). I STILL don’t have my Mac back, not the disks, not the SuperDrive, they think it’s the connector. Heading to the Toronto Photo Show, looking for prime Pentax camera lens’. And check out http://lpguild.ca.MP4 Download.

The MacWorld Keynote

The MacWorld Keynote just ended and I was following along with Gizmodo, TUAW and Engaget. Personally I liked Engadget from the start but their reliability wasn’t so good for me and I liked Gizmodo the best by the end. My initial reactions are that there were some real cool stuff going on. I’d like to see the video, and will likely watch later when it’s up. The new software on the iPhones is good news for those who like the iPhone and would be great news for iPod Touch owners, me included, if the updates were free but I guess we’ll have to bit the bullet and pay the $20 cuz it’ll likely be the only way you can get the new apple approved third party applications! I’m going to wait a while and see what happens. I like my hacked Touch just the way it is for now! The new Time Capsule is an amazingly innovative add on to Time Machine. Essentially it is a hard drive (500GB and 1TB) built into Apple’s AirPort that will accept Time Machine Backups from multiple computers. Great for business and families with multiple machines! I wish I could update my MacBookPro to Leopard so I couple use both, it definitely is worth upgrading wireless hardware for! The upgrade to iTunes now having movie rentals is amazing, decent price for the rentals and a way better way to get HD movies! They also took a product that I kinda thought was a waste of development time and made me want one. That of course is the upgrades to the Apple TV. Integration for podcasting, both audio and video, is great as well as Flickr and .Mac photos, the latter also can stream video to the ATV! The big improvement, rather then the previously mentioned new features, is that you can buy music, video and make movie rentals right from the device. You can also download podcasts to it, all of which need to be added to the iPhone and iPod Touch. All this is really making me wish I had access to GOOD broadband at my home, It’d ALMOST move! The last big announcement is of course the MacBookAir, and let me say I’m no longer upset that I dropped my MacBookPro as now I have a better excuse the HAVE to upgrade. I’ve been thinking for a while about moving to the MacBook when I’m ready to upgrade. I like the portability of that more then I use the real power of the Pro. I don’t think I’ll be storming the store to upgrade though. I have a few questions, like can I get the 160GB drive from the larger iPod classic in it? They said they are using the iPod drives! The fact that they didn’t include a firewire drive kind of puzzles me. I’m not upset about it but it makes my firewire drive kinda useless on a regular basis but with a Time Capsule I guess it doesn’t matter. The lack of a Super Drive doesn’t upset me either. I’ve been with out for a while and I’m kinda getting used to it. The new “shared drive” thing looks kinda cool too, after all I’m usually around other computer when I need a CD drive anyways. I’ll be watching the Apple Store for it to be added and maybe I can answer my questions and who knows maybe even put in a Pre-Order. Steve did say you can Pre-Order the today!