Thursday, September 29, 2011

13 inch MacBook Air v. 15 inch MacBook Pro Less Is Definitely More

13 inch MacBook Air v. 15 inch MacBook Pro
Less Is Definitely More

I took these two following comparison images of the all-new 13 inch MacBook Air, back-to-back with the 15 inch MacBook Pro. I replaced the 15 inch MacBook Pro with Apple's all-new 13 inch Air, and I want to share my observations with you, after having used the 13 inch Air for a few months.

Back To Back comparison of the 15 inch MacBook Pro and 13 inch MacBook Air

I will start at the end, with my conclusion. I think the 13 Air blows away the 15 inch MacBook Pro. The 13 inch MacBook Air is a perfect example of less being more. Not only is the 13 inch Air much less expensive, but it is faster and weighs significantly less. The 15 inch MacBook Pro weighs 5.6 pounds and the 13 inch Air only weighs 2.96 pounds, thus the Air weighs almost half as much and this is ALWAYS noticeable.

15 inch MacBook Pro and 13 inch MacBook Air pictured above

As you can see in the images above, the 13inch Air is also significantly smaller, but has the exact same size keyboard and trackpad. I am also surprised at how great and loud the speakers are on the Air. Also, the Air has the exact same number of pixels on the screen (1440x900). The pixel density is higher, so you have the same number of pixels in a smaller space which translates into a sharper image.

Also the front of the Air tapers down to only 0.11 inches which makes it WAY, WAY skinnier in the front, and way, way more ergonomic.

Since the Air only comes with a Solid State hard drive, it is really, really fast, and certainly faster than the 15 inch. I also really like the backlit keyboard.

If I was in-charge of Apple, I would literally discontinue every other laptop model and just make the 13 inch Air. So what don't I like about the 13 inch Air? Here is a list of changes I would make:

• Should be able to upgrade RAM to 8GB of RAM, and ideally 16GB of RAM.
• The dynamic range of the screen can and should be much higher. The screen looks washed-out compared to the MacBook Pro-model screens.
• Bring back the black bezel, like the MacBook has.
• I would really like to see a 13 inch BlackBook. In other words, I would like to see an all-black version of the Air.
• Bullnose the front edges of the keyboard. the right-angle is too sharp.

BTW: I seriously contemplated getting the 11inch MacBook Air, and I completed a Pro-Con list and the 13 inch completely blew the 11 inch out of the water. I think the 11 inch is a fascinating design, but too small and claustrophobic–in the final analysis.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The History Of IBM

The History Of IBM

The history of computing is absolutely fascinating, and understanding IBM's role in the development of the computer and personal computer is important. One of the best books I ever read, and I read it decades ago was written by Tom Watson Jr., and it was called "Father, Son & Co: My Life at IBM and Beyond." Tom Watson Sr., the founder of IBM was a really fascinating man.

Here is a recent video IBM put together which is interesting:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sharp Shows Off 85 inch LCD with 8k x 4k Resolution...

Sharp Shows Off 85 inch LCD
with 8k x 4k Resolution

This 85 inch Sharp screen is stupefying!!! It has 16 times the number of pixels of 1080P and even though it does not have as high a pixel density as an iPhone Retina display, it is pretty impressive. Actually the 85 inch Sharp has a pixel density of 103.67 PPI, and the iPhone Retina display has more than three times as many at 326 PPI. Wow!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Corning's Idea Of The Future of Glass Technology...

Corning's Idea Of The Future of Glass Technology
2012 Vision

Corning Just came out with their 2012 vision of the future of glass in technology, and you can check it out below.

Here is a background video about the technology used in the above video:

2011 Vision

Here is Corning's original 2011 vision for the future of glass in technology.

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