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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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

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 | 5yr

$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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What's the best thing to do with your phone/ your phone number when travelling?

 

in Poland by @davda1546 | 19h 18 hours ago | 0 comments

Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

This is just so it's easier to keep in contact with family/ clients/ etc.

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What are some nice French beach towns?

 

in France by @amin | 2d 1 day ago | 4 comments

I'm thinking to head over to France during the winter and I'm looking for recommendations on a good French town that has beach and is warm enough during the winter.

What are your favourites? Any recommendation is appreciated.

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Where do I get good legal advice/support to have a long-term stay?

 

in Lisbon, Portugal by @mzorrilla | 3d 3 days ago | 0 comments

Hello, everyone!

My idea is to stay as low as 6 months and as long as a year (maybe, who knows) over Lisbon after doing some analysis from many cities in Europe.

I'm an Argentinian and Chilean (both nationalities) so... no Euro-pass for me (getting my Italian nationality could take 2 years easily). I'm also a remote worker and I have a really good income (I work for a Silicon Valley company) so I can show more than enough resources to stay in the country.

Everything I see online doesn't inspire me much confidence (most sites looks a bit scammy) and this is not a "vacation stay"... I want to be clear my head far away from Argentina right now. If someone has a good website, recommendations, etc I will super appreciate.

Thanks in advance!

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What is the best online insurance for digital nomads ?


by @berberos | 6d 5 days ago | 4 comments

Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

- Flights

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Driving from Italy to Croatia..how to handle passport?


in Croatia by @ld | 13d 12 days ago | 3 comments

Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

Anyone else travel in and out of Schengen zone via car? Or know what I should do to properly handle the visa situation? I get unclear answers online. Hmm.

Appreciate your help!

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 17d 16 days ago | 672 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

So letโ€™s bring the dreaded backpacker questionnaire to NomadForum and introduce ourselves shall we?

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  • whatโ€™s your name?
  • where are you from?
  • how long have you been away from home?
  • what do you do?
  • where are you currently?
  • where are you going?
  • what has been memorable for you so far?
  • will you go home anytime soon?
  • what have you learnt during your time as a nomad?
  • [insert your own question here]

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
But the more you shareโ€ฆ The merrier!

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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 19d 18 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

We are in Umbria until August 31. We've been here since March, but crisis-level visa extensions are over. After that we have to leave the EU. We would like to stay out of the USA (our home) due to it's covid crisis, at the same time we want to be responsible about travel. Ideally we would not travel at all, rather stay hidden in the countryside of Umbria forever until covid is more under control globally, but here we are!

So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

Thanks.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 23d 22 days ago | 6 comments

Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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Anybody bring their car to Mexico instead of flying?


in Mexico by @digitaldiva | 23d 23 days ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m curious whether anyone drove to Mexico instead of flying and used their car down there. Iโ€™ve heard bad stories of people driving down there but not sure I believe them. How safe is it to drive through rural areas, and to park in cities? It would be cool to have the car to explore while there.

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 23d 23 days ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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


by @george | 5yr 5 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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