Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Macworld part the second


Ok, let’s get this out of the way….it ain’t worth it to get up at 3 a.m. and stagger to a lineup for a Steve Jobs keynote. But that’s just what I did this morning, since I’d never been to one of Apple’s signature shindigs before. My verdict on the new gear Apple trotted out today? Meh. Canada doesn’t have movies for purchase on the iTunes store, let alone rentals, and we also don’t have iPhones. The Macbook Air is a nice bit of engineering, but it’s nothing I pine for.

Still, getting to see a live “Macbreak Weekly” was cool, as was finally meeting Merlin Mann and Andy Inhatko. Tonight there’s a party for attendees featuring non other thanDevo, and there’s a lot of informative podcast creation sessions over the next couple of days.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

7 Responses to “ Macworld part the second ”

jabberwocky says:

Yawn, thats how I would describe this keynote.

Chris Burgess says:

As I was saying to Warren privately, I met Inhatko the last time I was at MacWorld (4 years ago) and he’s one crazy dude. Merlin Mann would have been cool to meet, I dig his whole minimalism/efficiency/UI nazi shtick. Plus he seems like a fun guy for an anal retentive geek.

lester says:

Anybody who needs to use that Devo hyperlink is is unworthy of visiting this site 🙂

lester says:

Sorry, “is”, not “is is”. I am now unworthy of posting comments to this site 🙁

Warren says:

Ok, DEVO were TEH AWES0M3. 2 hours of nerdriffic music. I’ve always wanted to see two bands live in my lifetime, Public Enemy and Devo, and now I’ve seen them both. Plus I met some really cool people at the event as well.

When I got back to the hotel I started shooting the breeze with a couple of fellow Macworld attendees, and we discussed how underwhelmed we were by the Air. But he made a very good point..every woman at this thing (granted, that ain’t many…:) ) gave the thing a second and third glance. Jobs is a lot smarter than me…I think he may trumpet the thinness etc, but really this thing is a “fashion” laptop. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a LOT of these things in my neighbourhood and throughout Vancouver. I’ll stick with my Macbook Pro, but then I’m not the audience this thing is aimed at.

Jonny Vancouver says:

Who the fuck is devo?

Harvey says:

The MacBook Air is neat. Not for me, but make it $200 cheaper and it’ll sell to the fashionistas much faster. Now where the hell is my 3Ghz MacBook Pro?

How come the external SuperDrive and Time Capsule aren’t 6.5″ x 6.5″ like the Mac Mini? Use that as a standard and one can stack ’em, nice and simple.

Some innovations, but nothing I’ll buy the first 2 quarters. Let’s see what rolls out for fall.

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