Back in Ice Age when I was a kid, we didn’t have remote controls for our TVs. You wanted to change the channel, you got your ass off the couch and pushed the analog button on the TV.
Too tired to get up? You’re watching whatever comes on after your show.
When remote controls first came on the scene, I scoffed. Scoffed, I say. “Who is that lazy?” I asked myself.
But of course things change and after a while what used to be a frivolous luxury becomes a necessity.
Which brings us to Apple. When they brought out the Aluminum PowerBooks they came with what were surely the most baroque “improvements” ever: A backlit keyboard and a light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness according to the ambient light.
I figured the backlit keyboard could, perhaps, be useful for typing on airplanes or if you’re hiding from the zombies in a darkened bunker in the burned out waste land that is all that remains of civilization, or something like that. But for everyday use? Sheesh. Real men touch type.
Now I’m testing a MacBook Amateur (i. e., not Pro†) for work, and was geeking out on the couch at home as the sun set. And then, as the room got darker, my display was too bright and I couldn’t see the keys!
The horror, the horror.
So, thanks, Apple, for raising yet another bar.
†I believe there ought to be a law that if you release a product with the word “professional” in the name, you should also be forced to release one called “amateur;” if you release a product with “advanced” in the name, you should also be forced to release one called “simple.”
Posted Thursday, 07 December, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.