Monthly Archives: May 2007

A Switcher Story

My MacBook, Kensington Pocket Mouse, and Canon PIXMA 600 arrived on Friday. Since I’ve been having a blast setting it up, organizing some picts from my Powershot, music, downloading some game demos, playing with FrontRow and all the cool little things that make OS X great.

When the new books came out, I knew I wasn’t waiting around for SantaRosa. I wanted to be pretty familiar with everything by the time I went to college in August. So far performance has been good, nice and fast. I’m sure it’ll run Office and Adobe apps fine. Screen real-estate is just right to me…much smaller than a 13-incher and it would feel cramped, and to me a 15-inch MacBook Pro is just a little too big for lugging around in a backpack all day. The main thing I’m sacrificing here is a dedicated card. No, you won’t get the game experience of a high-end NVIDIA card, but on low settings it runs pretty well. You can run more than Apple’s suggested games. Right now I’ve tried demos of realMyst, Jedi Academy, Battlefield 1942, Age of Empires III, and I’ve installed the full version of Myst V: End of Ages. All of the first four run great on low or mid-range settings. Myst V runs okay, if you can handle an occasional jerky framerate. But if you’re a crazy hard-core gamer who always has to have the latest hardware, you’ll naturally look elsewhere. For me, the MacBook just works.

The Kensington PocketMouse is perfect to throw in a backpack. a bit small at first glance. I’ve got large hands, but got used to it quickly. The silver is a perfect match to other peripherals. I considered a wired MightyMouse, but decided against it after reading so many negative reviews. For a $50 price tag, I wasn’t going to risk it.

The printer turned out to be a bit large, and I’m hoping I can squeeze it in my dorm. I decided to go with the PIXMA 600 after reading CNET’s especially positive review. Any suggestions on a good college printer would be appreciated, but I’m leaning toward sticking with it.

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CyanWorlds Redesigns

Glad to see Cyan finally updated their site…it was a pity to look so many times at a very polished MystOnline.com but to see the developer site go unchanged for months, with no mention of recent developments. I like the design, though it could use a little bit more polishing. Nice job, guys! Cool that it runs on WordPress, too, providing a company blog as the home page to display recent developments first, which is what most users want to see anyway. Just put in those alt tags!

New MacBook, Canon PIXMA 600 and Kensington PocketMouse to be arriving any time now. Review to come shortly…

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Green Balance

Our world is toxic. Dangerous chemicals and substances surround us and are taking a toll on our health. Our medical community looks at the symptoms and works up new drugs to help with side effects, instead of searching for root causes. Thankfully, more and more people are becoming educated on environmental dangers and are helping move to positive change.

I’m excited to read Steve Job’s recent words about Apple’s work to be more “green”. Hopefully others will do the same. I’m looking forward to an LED MacBook!

A word to many fellow conservatives: Don’t over-react to extreme, crazed environmental groups who would rather hug a tree than a person. Yes, they are pretty wacked out in ways. Many have to no standards to define the importance of human life over animal/tree life, etc. There is a difference. The world was made for man, not vice versa. But God told man to tend the earth and be good stewards of it. So be green-friendly, but not Al Gore-style.

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