So I decided to give Apple another try. Back in 2006, I bought a white Macbook and after a few months of using it, I gave up. I just couldn't deal with the difference in keyboard shortcuts, and just mainly how everything on Mac OS X was so different than Windows. Plugging away in front of a PC for over 20 years of your life will do that to you. But after checking out Samsung's Series 9 and watching these other Macbook Air-wannabes coming out, I decided that the form factor of the Air was just unbeatable. I anxiously awaited the refresh specs and was satisfied to hear that the 11-inch model would come with an i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Off I went to get one from Best Buy last night, taking advantage of quadruple Reward Zone points.
I read a bit on Lion and was actually a little anxious to try it out, despite its influence from iOS. I'm not a huge fan of iOS' limitations, so I was really curious to see how Apple integrated some of its functionality into a notebook operating system. Initially I was confused by Lion and within a couple of hours, I couldn't get certain things working (mostly Gallery Remote) so I opted to do a Parallels Windows installation. This was mainly so I could get blogging done on Autoguide.com efficiently since it was what I was used to. I figured sooner or later I might abandon OS X (again) and just do a clean Windows install, but I'm starting to *gasp* like it.
There's lots of neat things about Lion that actually fits the way I like to work. The whole desktop spaces is a pretty cool and actually makes doing things very efficient. I'm now lead to believe that Mac users don't have a clue what scroll bars are because it's ridiculously amazing how nice this trackpad is for scrolling. Two finger swiping to go back/forth on pages, three finger swiping to move across desktops. Everything is just remarkably snappy and quick. I haven't tested it with Photoshop yet, but since I'm mainly doing light photo editing these days I think this Air will satisfy me for quite a while.
The great thing about the desktop spaces thing is the ability to assign certain applications to certain desktops. I'm able to relieve my clutter of mess and it's almost like I have multiple monitors on a single laptop. Not in the way that I have increased functionality, but in the way that I know where everything is and it's easily organized and I can switch on a whim. No more alt-tabbing through windows until I find the one that I need (since I love working with everything maximized) - I just three finger swipe over to the desktop I know it's on, or launch Mission Control and click on the way I want. Way cool.
I'm going to guess that for my uses I'm not really missing out on the i7 and I'm perfectly content with a 128GB SSD considering my last Lenovo was 64GB. So far I'm pretty happy with my purchase, and despite it being such a weird experience in the land of the Lion, I'm finding it pleasantly nice compared to my last Apple Macbook experience.
By the way, Launchpad is horrible. The whole iOS wannabe interface to choose your applications is just... bad. I guess it makes sense for all those people that are coming from iPhones and iPads to integrate something like Launchpad to OS X, but it's just silly to me.
Anyways, sorry for the lack of updates. Been busy working and finishing up some sites. Recently launched is Track One Motorsports
(which doesn't have any product yet) and a website for Stacia Deutsch
, a NY Times best selling author. I've also started a project making a custom Starcraft2 map that took up most of my free time the last couple of weeks. I recently recruited some help to do the terraining of the map and once that's completed I'll be back on it creating heroes and abilities and hopefully putting the thing into some real beta testing. The concept of the map will consist of a blend of DoTA (HON, LOL, AoS, whatever the heck you want to call that genre) with Tug of War. Heroes + items + abilities + buildings to choose what units spawn in your lanes. So far initial testing was pretty fun. There's a few things I am working on implementing that will hopefully make it fun despite having bad or inexperienced players on your team... and other strategic points that will hopefully change how the game is played. I'll be posting more about it when it gets into a better beta phase, including it's name which I'm really proud of.