Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Reactions to the Apple Mini

I just might be wrong in my previous prediction. So far the bait has been caught in the teeth of two known Windows users. Both techies. I do feel however, that the Mac experience is a montage of the senses as well as a better technical answer. The sight and feel of a Mac with keyboard and display is civilized, smooth and understated. If I had a display hanging around, or enough cash to buy an Apple display, I might be tempted by the new Mini. Of course I have a keyboard and a mouse or two to spare, but the display is another thing altogether. But I bet the demographic is out there.

And how about that Steve J. Anyway? Bringing out the tiny little iPod offshoot, eh? Well, let the music wars begin or continue or whatever. I love my iTunes and the iTunes Music Store.

Apple Mini

First let me thank Apple for giving me something to write about, and then on to my opinion. :)

I predict that the new "Apple Mini", cute as it is, will be the same non-hit the Apple Cube and Newton were. Without the Apple display going for it, well.....really. The old iMac on a stick wouldn't be your display, and the new iMac cannot be and my eMac wouldn't be, so you either buy an Apple display costing 1200 or more or use another monitor you have around..?!?! Well, I would guess they are going after the Win users who love their iPods...and don't mind the jarring uncool look of their old Gateway keyboard and mouse connected to the sleek little Apple CPU...and plug it all into an old ViewSonic...hahhahhaha.

Just my take on it.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Full Cupboard of Life

Alexander McCall Smith has written a series of books set in Botswana, and involving The Ladies #1 Detective Agency. The characters are what drives each book, and the "mysteries" solved are intertwined with the several lives and dreams of the community and (what you swiftly think of as) our friends: Mma. Ramotswe, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and various other recurring members of the city of Gaborone. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are both active in the detecting business when the clients come - and there are assorted problems to deal with, some lighter than others. The business is located since the fourth book, in the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, conveniently owned and operated by Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, who also happens to be Mma Ramotswe's fiance.

I can't do justice to these books. Mr. McCall Smith has conjured up a warm, human story line which still has my heart in this fifth book! As a matter of fact, there is a sixth book coming out shortly, and I am sure I will love that one as well.

Mr. McCall Smith is a Scot and a physician who has written many professional books, as well as many other books, and his writing is so far above the usual routine of so many series of "mysteries." He has lived a large part of his early life in Africa. The fabric of life in Botswana permeates every one of the books, and the love of Africa and her peoples shines through and gave me a picture of a fine set of folks who would be nice to be able to visit with.

Highly recommend especially for winter reading, the first is "The Ladies #1 Detective Agency."