Macbook

Where has all the WiFi gone?

Wandering around with the MacBook I have been disappointed at the lack of free WiFi to tap into. What’s going on when even in a community arts centre I can’t get no love and in the AnonymousBusinessHotel you have to pay a fiver a day for the internet connection and then when you do it comes via cable rather than over the glorious ether.

A lot of people don’t see the point of free internet access but I think Google has got the right idea by focussing on places like airports where there is an enforced idleness anyway. Once you’ve done the round of shops there is nothing to do but wait. The chance to jump on the web and be active again (in both mental and commercial meanings) is something I would really welcome and I can’t wait for free wifi to permeate all travel including trains.

I was reading in Computing something about constant connectivity on train carriages, but to be honest I’m not seriously interested in streaming material on the move just having the stateless web access would be a serious move in the right direction.

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Macbook

The Macbook has arrived!

At last I have the power to surf the web from my bed! The MacBook has arrived! It flew all the way from China with me watching all the way, via the TNT website, like some obsessive voyeur. First impressions are that it is small, sexy, with a great keyboard. The negative impressions are that the thing runs hot (was there any point in getting the lower MHz), is slightly heavier than expected and eats battery time.

It is also turning my world upside down as I am now forced to leave my Windows comfort zone and look at a new way of doing things. Suddenly the issue of cross-platform software is very pressing. Web applications (such as WordPress) seem more valuable than ever.

Overall though it is just what I wanted: a small powerful machine that is quick to launch and allows me to act on any idea I may have. The only negative right now is heat. Apparantly Apple have stopped calling the MacBook a laptop in favour of the term “notebook”. Good call, “lap griddle” would probably be a more accurate term.

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