There’s a Lion in my Mac

During the last weekend I backed up Chie’s MacBook and my MacBook Pro as a preparation for the coming Mac OS X upgrade. It was a somewhat time consuming exercise but well worth it. Yesterday when I woke up the new OS version had downloaded to my MacBook Pro and I could start the installing the upgrade. Before I left for the office there was a Lion living and roaring in my MacBook. And it was an awesome Lion 😀

Once back home after a day at the office (where I most of the time just wanted to be back home with my new Lion) I started to download the OS upgrade for Chie as well. It had finished downloading some time during the night and when Chie was out of the shower the same roaring Lion was living in here MacBook too.

Now when I have had time to use it for a little bit more than just installing it and checking emails I can just say that my initial impression remains. It is awesome. Of course with the big conceptual changes that have taken place transforming a Snow Leopard into a Lion comes some difficulties for users. I, for instance, tend to scroll the wrong way using multi-touch on the track-pad. In Snow Leopard you moved two fingers downwards on the track-pad to scroll the content in the window upwards but in Lion two fingers downwards on the track-pad means scroll things down. Just as on the iOS devices, and just as if you would have done it if the screen on the MacBook (Pro/Air) would have been touch screens (how long will we have to wait for that?).

I am really looking forward to learn more about the Lion to improve my productivity. And I am pretty sure I will have a fun time doing it 😀

I Love Apple

As you may remember I have had some MacBook Pro(blem) (new MacBook Pro, waiting for new MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro(blem)). The graphics card crashed and I could not use the computer at all. So I ordered a new one that I am now using.

Still I went to the Apple Store in Ginza a few weeks ago to check if I could fix the problem with the old MacBook Pro. Yesterday they contacted me to let me know the old MacBook Pro was now fixed. FREE OF CHARGE!!! 😀 So I went there today during the lunch time and picked it up.

I love Apple!

The only problem now is what will I do with my two MackBook Pros? 😕

Microsoft & Apple Fans are Like Oil & Water

“I have a Mac… And I am proud of it.” Seems to be what most Mac users (aka Apple fans) think, even though they don’t say it out loud (not all the time anyway). And so they go on fighting a war against Microsoft.

Microsoft lately seems to have stepped up its war not against the Apple fans but against Apple (I guess they see more profit in fighting Apple than its fans).

The latest anti-Apple add depicts a girl called “Lauren” with a specific assignment. To find a 17″ notebook for less than $1000. Seems like an easy mission, huh? But of course you will not find such a notebook in an Apple store.

Not because Apple does not have a 17″ notebook but because $1000 for such a notebook means a notebook on the low quality and low differentiation market. A market Apple has yet to enter… If they ever will. So what happens with Lauren?

She enters an Apple store. Comes out. And tells the audience that she cold not find what she was looking for. Have a look!

Now to the funny thing about this add. It really got the Apple fans going. Because, as you see in the movie Lauren seems to enter the Apple store and then, about 2 seconds later, exit the store. This they mean is a proof that Microsoft is lying.

It may just be that Lauren is a smart girl thinking “Easy money” (assuming she got payed for the add). “Apple does not carry such a notebook so I just enter the store and goes out at once. Tell them I could find what I was looking for just as they want and leave.”

Another twist to this war is that what many Apple fans seems to forget is that Microsoft saved Apple in 1997 by buying Series A non-voting convertible stock shares for $150 million. In 2001 and 2003 these were converted into a total of 18.2 million shares. Unless Microsoft got rid of these since then they are still one of the owners of Apple.

This actually may explain their behavior of their strange Apple ad attacks lately. Whatever they do they win. I mean if they make an add making people want to buy Macs they win. If they make people want to leave Apple and buy Windows based computer they win. I guess they only loose if users leave both companies and go for Linux or some other OS.

By the way, I wrote this on a mac using Safari 😉