Notes on the MacBook Air

I can see there being a market for the MacBook Air – not a market I fit into, but a market nonetheless.

When catching the first glimpse of the Air, it really is quite stunning. The size alone is enough to make you think aloud: how’d they fit a computer in there?!?

While the computer weighs in at about three pounds which is really light, it appears that it should be as light as a feather. Essentially, looks are deceiving on it – but not necessarily in a bad way. I must admit that I did grab a manila envelope to see if it were true – and it is. You could easily hide it and no one would be the wiser – unless you have the power cord plugged for some reason.

Apple has very cleverly hidden the USB, audio jack and DVI port in a fold down compartment which when closed is almost invisible. It’s been fun watching people try to find it – and once they do, the “wow” look really comes over them. It almost seems as if the rubber “feet” on the bottom for spacing from the work surface work in tandem with the port. If the machine didn’t have the feet, the door would hit the surface the computer is sitting on. I don’t know how this will work if you’re using the machine on your lap and need to have something plugged in – even if it is simply headphones – whether or not this will interfere with keeping the port open.

Like the other laptops with a back lit keyboard, this one is just as impressive. It may be that the keys are black and the letters simply glow when in a dim environment, it’s a simple touch of elegance that is simply Apple.

The way that the laptop is hinged rather than clasped like the MacBooks reminds me of the clamshell iBooks – you remember the ones.

Now back to the market for this computer… the one I do not fit into.  I could see this machine being perfect for someone who travels a lot and is doing a number of presentations on a regular basis. Perhaps a sales rep doing a few pitches a day or someone who is on the road a lot. It seems like a great machine for email, internet and presentations. Maybe Al Gore will pick one up for when he does his global presentation… I’m sure as a board member he has first dibs. I definitely do not see someone purchasing the Air to be or replace their primary machine. Hard drive space and processor speeds simply don’t allow for this to be a good primary machine and though I’d love to have one for myself, I simply don’t have the need. However, my home set up is a 20″ Intel iMac – maybe the Air would be a fantastic notebook. If I didn’t have a work issued MacBook Pro, I might have considered splurging and picking one up but I definitely think Apple has done it again!

It’s simple, elegant, and simply done right. I just hope it is received well and doesn’t fall the way of the Cube. Don’t remember that one? Check it out.

Editor’s Note: Greg Probst is the author of Blue Sleeves Blog and is a regular contributor to Probstisms.

Today’s The Big Day

Well folks, today is voting day for people in twenty-four states including Illinois, Missouri, and California. No matter who you support in this primary election, please get out there and vote to make your voice heard.

If you’re still undecided, check out Barack Obama’s website to learn where he stands on the big issues facing our country. I think you may find yourself checking his name on your ballot if you take the time to get to know him.

Change in Plans

Well, sometimes life throws a wrench in the best laid plans. Both of our kids got sick yesterday and did not improve enough today to go to the Barack Obama rally. My wife did go tonight with a friend, and I’m going to ask her to post her thoughts about the experience. She has called a couple times, and it sounds like a rock concert. She says there are 20,000 people at the Edward Jones Dome. I have to admit that I wish I was there, but hopefully, I’ll have another chance during the general election.

For all of you in Super Tuesday states, get out there and vote on Tuesday. This election is so important, and you want to make sure your candidate of choice has the best chance to make it to the general election. For me, that candidate is Barack Obama.

A President Like JFK

Today, the New York Times posted an opinion piece from Caroline Kennedy about why she is supporting Barack Obama for President. She likens Obama’s ability to inspire hope and action to the way her father, John F. Kennedy, inspired the nation almost fifty years ago.

I’ve said this before, but I feel the same way. I feel like Obama can really change the way the country feels about itself. Just having a small glimmer of hope is all it takes for people to do great things. That is what our country needs right now – someone to bring us out of our Dubya-inspired funk and inspire us to do great, world-changing things again.

Having spent time out of the country during Dubya’s rule, I can tell you first hand that many people in several different countries think that our country is a joke and a general menace to the world as a whole. Unfortunately, this also means that its citizens (you know, people like you and me) are jokes as well. That doesn’t sit well with me especially when I need to get clients from all over the world to trust in my ability to help their businesses succeed.

Barack Obama is exactly the person we need to lead our nation to greatness in everything we do. He will heal our relationships with other countries around the world and remind them of why they once thought of the United States as the most admired country on the planet. He will inspire all of us to do great things because he knows we can do it. We will once again change the world for the better.

Super Tuesday is coming in just over a week. Get out there and vote.

Via Obama HQ.