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Portables (Apple)

Journal Journal: Apple Air reviewed ... no big surprises : it's slow

PC World posted their first review of the macBook Air, and it' not very sunny :

"In exchange for dramatically lighter weight and an extremely thin profile, Apple has definitely compromised when it comes to the MacBook Air's tech specs. And the results of Macworld Lab's preliminary tests of the MacBook Air reflect those compromises. For this first set of tests, we used a default-configuration MacBook Air powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 4200 rpm, 1.8-inch 80GB parallel ATA hard drive. The MacBook Air's processor clock speed lags well behind current MacBook (2.0GHz or 2.2GHz) and MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, and 2.6GHz) models, and its hard drive is also slower than those used in the other models."

They also needed to buy a WiFi adapter and an external USB Optical drive to proceed with their tests, which adds to the already rather steep price.


Journal Journal: OLPC G1G1 offer in Europe ... possibly

With OLPC XO Laptops selling for over 400 USD on ebay, one could just wonder WHEN the OLPC Give One Get One offer (you buy an OLPCs for the price of two, the second one is sent to a needy child in a third world country) would be restarted.
But even if it was restarted, it still left europeans out in the cold as the program was only available to US and canadian residents
This might apparently change, as Walter Bender, OLPC's president, is quoted in a PC World article saying that "At some point we might do it in Europe".

That's great news for Europeans who were turned off by the prohibitive prices in the online auctions but still wanted one of the sturdy little beasts, considering the price under the G1G1 offer was 398 partly tax-deductible US dollars (approx. 270 EURO)

Journal Journal: Saul Williams releases new album online ~for free~

Saul Williams released his latest album "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!" as a free to pay download. Either you download the album for free and get medium quality mp3s, or pay 5 dollar and can download high quality or lossless versions of the songs. From his myspace page :

As far as the way we've decided to release the album, we're aware that it's pretty risky, but are even more aware that we cant turn to the so-called powers that be of the industry for answers. Someone has got to be willing to take chances. I was very inspired by the recent Radiohead release and felt compelled, almost instantly, to follow my gut and expand on their concept. Obviously, independent artists have been around for years. My indie film, Slam was in fact what opened so many doors for me. yet, the stigma of being an indie artist in the music world hasn't always been rewarding. This time I feel different. I feel like the times have conspired to make this album an important part of history.

I really hope more artists start releasing their music this way. It's a win/win situation. Consumers pay less for complete albums they REALLY want to buy and artists get more money/sale than they would if they were using standard channels. The only losers are the distributors ... But who cares for leeches anyway?

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