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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

Journal of acme (189)

Sunday March 03, 2002
05:51 AM


[ #3258 ]

I've been hesitating for a while, but I finally went down to Micro Anvika on Tottenham Court Road (the electronics street in London) and purchased two 12" iBooks (with the combo drive, and 384M): one for my mum, and one for my dad. They're sweet.

I like many things about the iBooks and OSX. I like way there's a light on the power cord which shows whether it's charging or fully charged. I like the way it's easy to install a wavelan card. I like the way it only describes times in a vague way e.g. "about five minutes". I like the Finder and the OSX desktop. I like the way it found my airport and used it first time. I like the mail application and the fact that by default it doesn't delete messages from the server when using POP3. I like the fact that it's really UNIX box underneath and I can just get a shell and ssh out. I like the DVD. But mostly, I like the fact that it's easy to use (hey, it's for my parents, remember).

I don't like the way you have to unscrew two screws to insert more memory. I don't like the way that the hash key is alt-3. I don't like them switching the quote and at keys. I don't like the way I have to install from 4CDs before actually using it. I don't like the fact that OSX updates takes ages over a modem.

Overall I'm very happy. Time will tell whether the technical support (that's me!) on these laptops will be easier than for the Win98 Dell, but I hope so...

Only having one mouse button hasn't bugged me as much as I thought it would...

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  • If you meant shift-3 and not alt-3, then what you have is quite simply a US keyboard instead of a UK one. On the two boxes I have on my desk, I have on of each and getting used to the switch isn't too hard. But UK keyboards are clearly much better, especially for coding.


    -- Robin Berjon []

  • You did a real cool thing. I am so getting one too so I can look cooler at OScon this year!

    -- junior
    • Cool! Speaking of OSCON, we're going to have a bunch of sessions on OS X in the operating systems track, so you can learn how to program the thing. (A lot of stuff is moved around or subtly different from bog standard FreeBSD)