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Partial albums: Anything more useless?

Partial R.E.MI mean what is the bloody point? See this is in iTunes all the time. You go to find a much loved record only to find that half of it is missing. See this time and time again and I know is to do with licensing nonsense but really – Talk about designed to a) annoy; b) show no respect for the original work and c) leave people feeling vaguely short changed. Anyway, safe to say won’t be replacing my CD of Automatic for the People from iTunes.

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MacBook Pro screens

I know that there has been a lot of quite frankly nonsense talked about the fact that the 15″ MacBook Pros only now come in glossy screens. I don’t do high end graphic work/photo retouching so can’t comment on what (if any) effect the glossy screen has. And to be blunt I strongly suspect many of the people who whinge about it on various blogs don’t either or for that matter even own one of the machines.

On the whole I have to say I love the screen. Colours pop and it is a pleasure to work with; watch movies on etc etc.

My issue with it as someone who does have to travel around a great deal is the effect is has on battery life. Not in general use but when there is strong light you have to have the brightness up so high just to be able to work that it just devours the battery. And for me as someone for whom my machine is very much my constant companion; contains my life and the tool which enables me to earn my living that is an almost constant concern. I am that man sat at the table in the bar at Edinburgh station or Arlanda Airport with the cable snaking out of his bag into the nearest powerpoint (little tip: if a space has to be vacuumed then there is an electrical point there somewhere – you just have to find it).

This is a shot of me just attempting to write a post for this very blog whilst having my morning coffee:

MacBook Pro Screen Reflecting

Now that is a problem as I am quite commonly in brightly lit rooms and as the summer approaches in Sweden I tend to work almost exclusively outside or at cafe tables around the city.

And the screen is also a magnet for any dust floating around which again means that you have to set the brightness artificially high just to work. I know why they give you that little black dust cloth when you buy the thing now:

MacBook Pro Screen Dusty

Does any of this mean that I would buy another computer? No, of course not. Like anything it’s a balance and the quality of the screen for 90% of the time that I am using the machine more than makes up a drained battery occasionally.

I suppose what I’m badly saying is so much of what you read and a little of what you hear is just nonsense. If it bothers you don’t buy it and if you’re not ever likely to buy it and you’re one of those people who endlessly comment on blog posts about how it is all so terrible and how could Apple do this (etc etc etc) then seriously just get out more.

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Back to the blog

Gosh has been coming up to a year since wrote on here. Thought, I would get in the habit of writing again but change the focus of the blog away from publishing and perhaps my personal traveling around to making it a blog focused very more on all things Apple.

Hopefully, not just a collection of the same old links but making sure that I actually write actual material on some of the absurdity floating around.

However, I will blog on publishing; Onix and related issues over on the Onix Central blog occasionally when the irritation has mounted to a sufficient level or there is something that has interested me.

Filed under: Apple, Onix Central

The joy of being a European Mac user

I am in the process of buying a 17″ MacBook Pro. So, it seems I can either buy it on my account in Sweden or me and my partner can fly to New York buy it in one of the Apple Stores and have dinner; few drinks; crash somewhere semi decent and fly home with change in our pockets. Craziness.

Prices in US Dollars: Sweden $5039 or in the US $3452.

Filed under: Absurdity, Apple, Daily Life

Back to my mac and crazy text

In general (well from 10.5.1 at least) I’ve not had any problems with the new Back to My Mac feature in Leopard. In fact I would go as far as to say that it has been really helpful. To be able to access my files and leave my email etc. on my main machine when you are irrationally attached to an aging and somewhat careworn 12 inch Powerbook is a good and helpful thing. Except just one hint of craziness sometimes when I connect my fonts go bizarre on the connected machine – see below:

Dodgy text

Filed under: Apple, Apple Annoys Me

The glorious Stephen Fry and his new tech column in the Guardian

Read here.

Filed under: Apple, Technology

I just want to kill someone with this nonsense

Lots of bad karma for one reason or another from Apple these days. Hundreds of little things annoying me.

The latest is the nonsense of saying I can’t have more than or be authorised on more than five iTunes accounts. Why!!!!! If I have paid for the music and don’t have it on more than the five machine specified – Why can’t I have as many accounts as I like??? I live mostly in one country; my business is based in another; I work mostly in yet another and my family is yet another country (mostly).

Like banks; telecoms etc etc all the advertising about we all live in ‘one world’ and all the systems are in place for it not to matter where we live are quite frankly bollox. Same old thing – DRM just penalises those people who play by the rules and want to do the right thing.

I’m off to find a copy of Bit Torrent.

iTunes nonsense

Filed under: Apple, Apple Annoys Me

5% market share for Apple?

Not in this post code! You are hard pressed to see a Dell in the environs of Hoxton Square.
Hoxton apple row

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iPhone queue service for $1,000

My friend Justin just sent me this link to an advert on CraigsList from someone offering to wait in line for the iPhone from Thursday afternoon for $1,000 in cash (phone not included!!!). Think they may have to start a little earlier than that!. According to the Apple staff I spoke to this morning it seems there are some very crazy and obsessed people out there.

Filed under: Absurdity, Apple

The Apple ultra portable

As much as I would like an iphone the Apple product I am most hanging out for is the rumoured 10 to 12″ Mac Book Pro.

I travel with a 12″ Powerbook and will do until Apple replace it. I had a 15″ Powerbook for a while and it was very nice and everything but when it came to the things that matter when traveling the 12″ version had it beat. It has the best form factor; weighs appreciably less; you can use it on even the most cramped plane and I get passing 4 hours or so from each of my two batteries.

And, I am not alone I meet people in airport bars; by the gate etc who say they will keep theirs going with sticking tape if they have to. This is evidenced by the very strong second hand prices for the 12″ Powerbook – in some cases you could walk into the Apple Store and buy a new Macbook for much the same money.

It is a long way from the fastest machine in the world but for me that is not so important. I have brand new beast of a mac for all the heavy lifting. On the road my machine needs to download email; browse the web; serve as music/film provider on long journeys and run presentations. All of which it still does more than adequately.

Anyway, in the midst of all the hoopla about the iphone the story that I actually picked out as of most interest was Samsung starting to produce 1.8 inch 64 gb flash drives. Hopefully bringing a flash based; led screen ultra portable Mac Book Pro just that little bit nearer.

In the meantime my constant companion will just have to press on for a little longer.

My Powerbook

Filed under: Apple

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