Random Nerdishness

I’m very fond of my cute little MacBook. It’s faster than my desktop machine, it’s light, I can watch movies on it without a problem, and I can use gestures with it.

Gestures rock.


Here’s how it works. I’ve got a window open. It has a scroll bar on the side, and a bunch of things I want to click within it. I move my finger around on the trackpad, and the mouse moves around the screen. I tap the pad, and I click something on the screen. I can start moving the mouse around, realize I need something lower on the screen, and simply by touching another finger to the trackpad, instead of moving the mouse over the document, I’m moving the document.

My fingers can both be moving, or one can be stationary while the other moves. I can scroll up, down, left or right. I can do both at once.

It’s like magic. It’s easy, it’s natural, and if it isn’t how God intended people to use computers, it’s surely how Steve Jobs would want us to do it. That’s almost as good.

I await the gloating of iPhone owners in the comments.

Comments

  1. #1 John S. Wilkins
    November 19, 2007

    It’s easy, it’s natural, and if it isn’t how God intended people to use computers, it’s surely how Steve Jobs would want us to do it. That’s almost as good.

    It’s better. God is well known for substandard designs.

    But I also have one and love it, but it has a design flaw, the only one so far: the size of the magnetic power connector – you can’t easily take it out without pulling the cord itself, which is going to separate the cord from the connector at some stage…

  2. #2 PZ Myers
    November 20, 2007

    Yeah, I love my MacBook Pro — fast and sweet and well designed. But I also agree with John. The power brick has always been the weak spot in their laptop line, and I lost track of how many of those things failed on me because a power cable went bad.

    The new magnetic connectors are nice, but so proprietary. There is also no power adapter for your car, which is a pain.

  3. #3 John Farrell
    November 20, 2007

    And while I can do some heavy-duty Final Cut Pro on mine…thee Macbook does heat up substantially, so I still tend to do my serious video on the old G4 Powermac….

  4. #4 csadams
    November 20, 2007

    Sniff

    So jealous – had to switch from Mac to the Dell-From-Hell. The damn thing runs hotter than Sean Connery in “Medicine Man.”

  5. #5 Josh Rosenau
    November 20, 2007

    PZ: Blogging while driving seems a bit dangerous.

    Wilkins: Steve Jobs is superior at least to the extent that we know he exists. Then again

    Farrell: Elevator.

  6. #6 John Farrell
    November 26, 2007

    Awesome. Elevator beats the hell out of using 4 shot glasses. :)