Macbook Air 11″ 2011 First Impressions

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My Macbook Air finally came in today.

Apple products make great first impressions so don’t be surprised to see nothing, but praise for my Macbook Air in this initial post.

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As always, Apple packaging is impressive. Ever since the original iPod Nano, I’ve been impressed with how Apple packages their products. It’s easy to open and get, but it’s also quite secure.

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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta Impressions

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I thought Uncharted 2’s multiplayer was surprisingly good, but issues with connectivity and matchmaking prevented me from playing for a brief period of time and I never went back.

Naughty Dog’s take on multiplayer was surprisingly good for their first attempt. It completely destroyed the notion of it being tacked on.

What I enjoyed most about it was its simplicity on the surface. It was a third person shooter where you could climb, take cover and shoot dudes in the face. The depth came through exploration of the game’s levels and abilities. For example, not many people knew that it was possible to pick up ammo while rolling over ammo. Those were simpler times.

In contrast, Uncharted 3’s multiplayer appears to be needlessly complicated at first, but upon closer inspection, it’s just a Call of Duty layer on top of Uncharted 2’s multiplayer.

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The Search for a Netbook OS

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I’m going to replace my Dell Mini 9 with a new MacBook Air. I want one powered by Sandy Bridge and if rumors are to be believed, I won’t have long to wait. In the meantime, I’m on a quest to transform the Dell Mini 9 to what it is and that is a netbook; a laptop made for surfing the web.

Windows 7 is a fine OS. It works well with the Dell Mini 9, but it’s a bit much for what is ostensibly an internet machine. What I want is Google Chrome, but I can’t have it because Google is only shipping it with Chromebooks. There are Chromium builds, but I’ll get to that later.

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