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23 November 2005 @ 04:40 pm
PowerBooks, Revisited  
So, I spent a little time today (between reading technical manuals at home and reading technical manuals at the coffeehouse) at one of the Apple stores.

First off... The design of their storefront totally sucks. Every other store in the (basically glorified strip-)mall has the name or something over their door -- not Apple, they just have the two apple logos next to it. I've been there three times, I know they don't have a sign, I know right about where the store is, but parking is a total pain because it still takes forever to visually ID the place, so I have to bloody park, spend twenty seconds trying to find it, then go park someplace closer because I was way off. Bad design. Bad Apple. If there are ever any accidental collisions in that parking lot, I'm laying the blame squarely at your feet.

Anyway, I've come to the following conclusions... The screen on the 12" isn't that bad, it looks really sweet with a 23" Cinema display hooked up to it, and I'm going to buy one just as soon as my bank account hits the magic number and the A9 discount kicks in. Which I figure might even be the end of this week (need to crunch the numbers to be sure, though, so it might be two weeks instead).

I did have some fun playing with it... Whoever used it after me probably thought two things... First, what are all those funky characters doing in Word, and second, how come it gives me these f*cked up characters when I type? (Yes, I was writing Japanese on the thing within thirty seconds of playing with it. MacOS X has kickass locale/language input support.) I suppose it was a little mean of me, but easy enough to fix. :)

The other thing, though, is that I'll need a bag/backpack for it. I figure my budget for that is in the $50 range (IOW, I'm looking for something decent, but not extravagant). I like the current backpack for my 17" Dell enough that I think I want a backpack, but something smaller (another one like the one for my 17" would just be way too big), but everything I've seen like that is ridiculously expensive ($179? For a padded backpack? Not even). Anybody have any ideas and/or suggestions?
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Laurel Amberdineamberdine on November 24th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
That Apple store sounds like a reseller... All the official places I've seen are really aggressively logo'd.

I still haven't bought a backpack for my iBook. Keep meaning to, but it's such a pain to look for one.
Douglas Triggs: blackdoubt72 on November 24th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, it's totally an Apple store. 100% official and everything.

It's just that it's invisible, at least in the mall it's in.

Look at the picture on the page. Note complete lack of any sort of informative stuff above door. All other stores in the entire mall have logos, names, what have you over the door. This store, on the other hand, has only the subtle apples, which do not stand out with the bright Gap/Banana Republic/Spiffy Diamond Shoppe/Whatever the f*ck it is stretching off on both sides.

The picture does not do justice to how invisible this store actually is, but you might at least start to get the idea.

Still thinking about backpacks. Might go surfing tonight, if I have time. Really, what I'd like to know is if there are any actual non-virtual stores that carry such things where I might go browsing? Nothing really comes to mind as a particularly good place to look.
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on November 24th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
I see. That is kinda... stealthy. Weird.

I can't think of any non-virtual stores with backpacks either, except the Apple store, of course. The virtual stores I've tried looking at have bad searches which produce huge useless lists of stuff. Amazon's the worst -- 90% of their notebook carrying cases are sold through third parties, and there's no way to easily tell.
Douglas Triggs: gamedoubt72 on November 24th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Well, I've looked at Amazon, and Dell, and I looked at the stuff in the Apple store. For the first two, I just kinda did cursory searches, but didn't try to narrow anything down -- there were a lot of matches. The Apple store just had that typical way-overpriced high-end boutique crap.

Oh, also did an A9 search. You know, just because. For the record, I did find something specifically for the 12" in the same brand that the Apple store only carried for the 15/17" PowerBooks.

Only $179. Yeah, right.

Actually, come to think of it, this is probably something MicroCenter would carry. I wouldn't bet on Best Buy having much, but I might give them a look, too. Next week, obviously -- no way in hell I'll be shopping during this weekend, of all weekends.
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on November 24th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
The Lowepro Tropolis backpacks seem pretty nice, but they're for 15" or 17" Hrmph. MicroCenter has them online; don't know about the store.

Maybe Lowepro has something else... still looking.
Douglas Triggs: garden2doubt72 on November 24th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Lowepro makes decent stuff -- I've used and/or considered buying some of it for carrying around photography equipment.