If you have the choice of a flashlight set with or without headlamps, choose headlamps every time.
(Bklyn Blggng HQ)
The good news: when I called Apple support to report a dead ATI Radeon 2600 XT, they arranged to have a replacement one ready for me to swap at the famous 24-hour Fifth Avenue Apple Store. No hassles whatsoever.
The bad news: when I left the store with the new graphics card in my hands, I had a $115 parking ticket waiting for me, on top of the $25 I’d just spent on a Zipcar to get down there.The moral: Apple good, taking the subway to Apple Store even better.
(Apple Store Fifth Avenue, Manhattan)
In a few hours, I’ll either have a 320GB Apple TV or a paperweight with an HDMI port.
(Bkyn Blggng HQ)
With the Mac’s built-in Migration Assistant, it’s easy to move all all your files and apps from your old machine to your new one. But be prepared to wait a while if you’ve got a lot of stuff; it took at least ten hours to move my files.
Update 4/26/2009: my resident Mac consultant DV tells me I should have used Firewire instead of Ethernet. Dude, where were you four weeks ago!?!
(Bklyn Blggg HQ)
I love the Apple Retail Stores, but they can be a total zoo sometimes because of the crowds. I was checking out this Macbook Air for about 30 seconds before this very aggressive woman started to hover over me as if I were taking too long and a passing middle-aged guy made a joke about how I was handling the machine too eagerly. After about another minute with the Macbook, I fled the store for the relative peace of Prince Street and let the woman and the middle-aged guy fight it out. (The woman won.)
I tried not to take the experience too personally, but I did wonder if there’s some truth to the theory that Mac users are self-centered and arrogant. Or maybe, it’s just that Apple consistently makes products that make people a little crazy, myself included.
Oh…and about the computer: it’s awesome engineering and surprisingly sturdy, but it’s not for everyone. Having said that, I can already see that there’s a 50% chance I’ll replace my beloved but aging 2004 PowerBook 12″ 1.33 with an an Air rev. B in 2009.
(Apple Store Soho, Manhattan)
I don’t know how they do it at them fancy Apple Stores with the pretty girls, but here at the Bklyn Blggng Genius Bar, we have our own custom tools for removing Macbook RAM.
You’d be wrong, though. Who can forget these classic lines?
Lunar Bureaucrat #1: Well, anybody hungry?
Dr. Floyd: What we got?
Lunar Bureaucrat #1: You name it.
Floyd: What’s that, chicken?
Lunar Bureaucrat #1: Something like that. Tastes the same, anyway. [laughter]
Lunar Bureaucrat #2: Any ham? [searches through cooler]
Lunar Bureaucrat #1: Ham…ham…ham…ham…there. [hands him the sandwich]
Lunar Bureaucrat #2: Good.
Floyd: Ah, they look pretty good.
Lunar Bureaucrat #1: They’re getting better at it all the time.
Post script: It took all the willpower I had (not to mention the fear of severe embarrassment at airport security) to keep me from taking home an M2019 blaster while visiting this store. Another customer bought two while I was there.
(Monsters in Motion, Placentia, CA)
I thought the new MacBook looked rather cheap in the photos I’ve seen, but in person it’s quite cool, especially the black one. (Though not $150 extra kind-of-cool.) Even the funny keyboard seemed usable and felt decent under the fingers. This is probably the laptop I’ll buy when I replace my beloved PowerBook G4 12″ sometime next year…unless an even smaller model comes out before then.
The great thing about being on vacation is that it gives you the psychic license to do things you’d never even consider doing at home — like walking by an Apple Store and not going in.
Help me, I cannot escape the Cult of Mac. I own a PowerBook. I own an iPod. I want to buy more Apple stuff, even though I don’t need it. A power adapter, some extra RAM, even one of those damn iPod socks — I need to buy something…
Or help you buy it. If you need assistance purchasing a Mac or an iPod, I can offer advice and probably even help you set it up if I have enough frequent flyer miles to get to where you are. Just drop me a line. You know the URL. Please do it quickly.
(Apple Store SoHo, 103 Prince St at Greene St, +1-212-226-3126, open 7 days)