It was like a burning bush, speaking to me, as I sat in the wilderness of yet another conference session. I glanced over a young man’s should, as I noticed him situating a netbook on his knees, and as the flames errupted, and the voice thundered out through those tiny speakers, I heard, “I’m a Mac.”
But “No!” “No!” “You’re a Dell!” But that tone, and the Apple on gray. It was a Mac.
OK, enough of this. It’s early morning, and I’m a bit giddy having gotten my keynote behind me. He’s Christian Penny, from West Chester University in Philadelphia, and he installed Mac OSX Leopard on his Dell netbook computer — and it’s a solid state storage machine — 16Gb. I’m impressed and intrigued.
I’m not sure why I would want to do this, other than having an OS on my Acer that I am more familiar with. I still struggle a bit with Linux, though it is simply though it is just a matter of it’s reaching my finger memory.
During the luncheon, he pulled it out, at my urging. Chris had seen my tweet about my near spiritual discovery over his shoulder. He brought it out and booted it, not knowing that one of our table mates works for Apple. You Apple employ handled it, played with it, on the condition that no-one take a picture, and he was impressed.
But the Apple guy made a very good point, when he discovered that iLife was not there. It was left out to enable Mac OS to run on a 16 Gb solid state machine. He asked, “When do you do your production?” It was a good question. In my opinion, the Mac’s advantage in education is that it is a media machine — that is, it comes out of the box as a media machine. This one boots as a netbook, looking for web apps to make media.
Again, I’m not sure why I would install OSX on my Acer, other than to have a more familar interface — and that may be a good enough reason. I guess it depends on my next opportunity to spend a few hours “geeking out.”
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