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Will you get the new Macbook?


by @freedomsurfer | 6yr  | 15 comments

I will for sure! Iโ€™ve never seen a laptop as adapted to our lifestyle as this one.

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@archagon | 6yr

For anything but the most casual of users โ€” and especially for working professionals โ€” 1 port is almost ludicrous. I have in my pack a mouse, a gamepad, two hard drives, a CF adaptor, a Wacom tablet, a thumb stick, a guitar adaptor, phone and tablet connectors, and a variety of chargers, none of which have wireless counterparts with anything resembling similar performance. I can barely get by with two ports on most days, not including power!

This is to say nothing of the limited CPU speed and complete lack of graphics performance.

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@int03e | 6yr

So, this computer is still not for you.
This is not for me either - lack of ports and too slow CPU.
But, whatโ€™s the problem? World gonna wireless. In 2017 weโ€™ll not remember all this stuff about ethernet/usb/etc. In 2017 we all will have devices like MacBook. Slim, powerful enough. Itโ€™s a revolution. Geeks will buy it, same scenario as with the first Air.

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@archagon | 6yr

Itโ€™s tempting to draw historic parallels but this is just not the same as the transition from Ethernet to Wi-Fi.

Wireless peripherals:

  • Require external charging.
  • Have issues with signal quality. (Bluetooth headphones.)
  • Have issues with latency. (See again: Bluetooth headphones, which are impossible to play games with. Also, Bluetooth mice and keyboards. Logitech avoids this by providing proprietary wireless USB dongles.)
  • Have issues with cross-platform compatibility. (Iโ€™ve had little luck getting many of my BT peripherals in Windows, and I assume Linux is the same.)
  • Require increased hardware complexity. (Built-in power sources, etc. This can lead to unavoidable signal degradation, as evident in, again, Bluetooth headphones.)
  • Are often unreliable. (See: AirDrop.)
  • Largely donโ€™t exist yet for many use cases. (External hard drives, wireless drawing tablets [assuming Bluetooth], many others.)

In short, I am highly skeptical that all (or, indeed, any) of these issues will be settled by 2017.

Also, when the first Air came out, I had already not been using my CD drive for quite a while thanks to Steam. It seemed like a good move to me. With the current Macbook, itโ€™s simply impossible to replicate my peripheral needs, which frankly arenโ€™t that unusual.

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@int03e | 6yr

Your experience != common experience.
Your issues will not be settled even by 2017. Common issues will be settled upon 2017.
You should buy a MacBookPro, so am I.

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@mason | 6yr

Besides the weight, it is a piece of junk. I canโ€™t believe Apple even released it. MacBook Pro, Air, etc. great laptops. Apple has seriously downgraded. But how about that new MacBook Pro 13"?

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@sharp01 | 6yr

I believe that this new macbook is good, for it brings the technology FORWARD, in terms of thinness with a retina display.

Now donโ€™t give me wrong, I would NOT NOT NOT buy a laptop with a 1.1Ghz processor โ€“ WHAT?!? My old Compaq presario I had back in 2002 was more powerful! The thing with Apple (even though I really am a fan of) is that they do new products in a way that you are half screwed.
here is why:

You want the new mac but it has only one port. So you say โ€œOK let me take the MBA thenโ€. But you then look at the screen and the MBA is not even an IPS screen and low res compared to the new mac. You say โ€œOK fine, to hell the monitorโ€ but then you have this brand new force trackpad and new keyboard so you go โ€œhumโ€ฆ I think Iโ€™ll take the new macbookโ€ but you check out the processor of both MBA and new Macbook and they both suck. So you go โ€œOK, MBP 13โ€™ retina display then! It has the new trackpad!โ€ but wait, it is almost twice as heavy and it does not have the new keyboard and has a fan in it.
etc. etc.

You had a better CPU to the new macbook and you are good to go (not considering the freaking dongles neededโ€ฆ) but no, Apple wants max profit. Same for the MBA โ€“ why no Retina display? There you goโ€ฆ
So I bought the MBP 11โ€™โ€™ a few days ago and I am very happy with my purchase. I brought it up to 8GB of RAM so it is up-to-speed and I will keep it for another 4-5 years. Not sure this helps, but that is how I see it.

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I have a 13 inch Air with the 8G ram upgrade and an I7. The new one seems like itโ€™d be a step down. I donโ€™t particularly need the retina display. Itโ€™d be nice for the work I do (front-end code, some light sysadmin work and setups), but not at the expense of battery life and a crappier camera.

The camera might be the dealbreaker for a lot of nomads, actually. I canโ€™t carry an extra device for Skype / Hangouts, and I think we all pretty much assume Apple devices are going to have good webcams. I didnโ€™t even check the specs on the camera till other people started complaining about it.

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@tkrunning | 6yr

While it might improve in the next few generations, I would rather have a 13" MBA with Retina. Or if they could make the bezel a little more narrow and squeeze in a 14" retina in the same body as the current 13" I would be impressed! That Iโ€™d buy in a heartbeat!

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@rodriigovieira | 6yr

No, I think this 1st generation sucks. However, I do think it was a very smart move from Apple, with the USB-C think and the thin/wireless notebook, forcing the market to adapt to what Apple wants.
The hardware of this 1st generation, with this 480p camera and core M processor is something that not everyone can live with, and also thereโ€™s the accessory part - having this computer would require also a big investment in accessories and adapters, which I think could be invested in something more useful at this time. And of course I donโ€™t have even to comment his price, yeah?

For people who works with photos or video, this MB is really a bad idea. However, for bloggers and this public who just need to surf into the web, post articles and travel a lot, thatโ€™s the perfect public for this computer. Probably Apple said this at their keynote.

I think itโ€™d be smarter wait for the 2nd generation, probably they will have โ€œadjustedโ€ the computer hardware in the 2nd generation.

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@acdc | 6yr

$1800 AUDโ€ฆ pass.

This is a nothing product IMO, like the original Surface itโ€™s almost a fat tablet and an underpowered PC in one, it doesnโ€™t excel at anything.

  • Two USB ports at minimum
  • Ideally a faster processor
  • Needs more resolution (or at least the ability). MBA is hard enough for some tasks and itโ€™s got more to work with
  • Priced with some form of sanity

Costs far more than an MBA with less battery life, less power, less ports, camera from 2001, and a worse resolution (itโ€™s โ€œretinaโ€ but I need space, I donโ€™t want 5 pixels of high clarity images). Total miss in my books.

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@dfcowell | 6yr

No way, much like @dangermouse117 Iโ€™d miss the battery life of my MacBook Air 13" - plus it has a gimped processor trying to drive a Retina display. Madness.

This has been the single most confusing product launch Iโ€™ve ever seen, the new MacBook is both worse than and more expensive than the Airs and for some reason the Airs didnโ€™t get upgraded to a Retina display.

Give me a Space Gray Air 13" with Retina and Iโ€™ll buy it in a heartbeat. This thing? No way.

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@dangermouse117 | 6yr

No. Coming from a 13" Air, itโ€™s a step down in battery life, and would entail a bunch of cable upgrades. Expander port is $79 and another thing to carry.

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@micha | 6yr

Not yet. I dig the new design, but the Core M processor is a step back if youโ€™re coming from an Air or Pro and I probably wouldnโ€™t enjoy working (design + code) with it. Iโ€™m sure Apple will adapt the design as soon as the technology allows it for the Air and Pro, and thatโ€™s when Iโ€™ll jump aboard โ€“ not earlier.

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@yako | 6yr

Not me, I really like it (the design and how light it is) butโ€ฆ it is not good for most of the tasks I do like editing video, photos, and data processing (big data)โ€ฆ I really wish Apple could make it a bit more powerful next time.

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@patrick | 6yr

The thinness comes with some bounderies of course. have you seen how small they have made the motherboard? Insane.
The Proโ€™s need more space for that powerโ€ฆ right now. In a few years the Proโ€™s are becomming smaller also.

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Most Walkable Neighborhood / City In The World ?


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I love living in walkable areas of town. I can always find them. But now I'm wondering where in the world are the most walkable places? I'm imagining walk streets (no cars), zoning allowing both business and residential, parks or beaches ,etc.

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Any nomads in Arizona, US?


in Netherlands by @info132 | 4mo 3 months ago | 4 comments

Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

Val

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International number & internet?


by @leobassam | 4mo 3 months ago | 1 comment

Has anyone figured out a way to get setup with a virtual number and internet connection anywhere you go?

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Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of?


in Germany by @clara | 4mo 3 months ago | 0 comments

Hi everybody. I live and work in Germany and want to go to Canary Islands for 6 months to work from there. I'm going to keep my current job, just change the "home" in the home office part of things. Are there any tax issues I have to be aware of? I was reading about becoming a residence after 183 days, thus having to pay taxes there plus my employer having to register there. Does anybody know how it works exactly? Thanks a lot!

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Chiang Mai accommodation


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @bertieb | 4mo 4 months ago | 0 comments

Can anyone recommend a good accommodation website for Chiang Mai?

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Is anyone travelling right now?


by @viktor | 4mo 4 months ago | 3 comments

Winter is coming and Iโ€™m feeling the ache of travelling after being stuck in the same place since the Pandemic started. Wondering if anyone is travelling right now? If so, where are you currently located and how is the situation where you are?

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What's the best portable battery charger for a MacBook?


by @george | 6yr 6 years ago | 4 comments

I have a personal hotspot and love working outside but Iโ€™m limited to how much battery my MacBook has. Has anyone used/or is currently using external battery for their MacBook?

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