Going Apple (not quite) Fanboy — Week 4

by JustinLL on 29 July 2011

Many things are happening in my new world of Mac Mini.  Obviously I missed a post with all the excitement.  Or maybe I was just being lazy.  Whatever the case, here we are again.

Hardware Additions

  • 8GB of RAM —  Huge improvement over the 2GB, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s making the whole experience just that much more enjoyable because everything is smooth.  I never again want to see a desktop machine (and probably laptop machine) with less than 4GB.  It just doesn’t make sense.
  • Apple Magic Mouse — Had to do it.  The mouse is a crucial pointing device in my world.  The touchpad is still there, and I use it, but the mouse is a must.  Although, I’m still not a hundred percent sold on the Magic Mouse.  We’ll see how that goes.
  • Rechargable Batteriers and Charger — Kind of an obvious necessity seeing as how all my devices are wireless (keyboard, mouse, trackpad).

Software Upgrades

  • Lion OS — This came in week four, so I’m still getting used to it.  The immididate difference, which actually took me a second to realize was a feature of the OS, was the new natural scrolling.  (up is down and down is up…sort of ).  If you’ve used an app phone or a tablet, then you already get it.  It took me about 45 minutes to adapt to this setting on a desktop, and now I don’t even notice.  Although, going between the Mac and the Winbox is a bit interesting.

The Coolest Part

Apple GarageBand!  Not just the software, but that we’re now using it to make a weekly podcast.  We’ve recorded and aired one show so far, and hope to do a second one this weekend.  If you have a spare 30 minutes, check out The Pregnant Scholars.

Speaking of cool things, the new Macbook Airs were released this week.  Expect to own one of those in the next few months.

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