Let’s be really unprecedented and say nice things about OS X twice in a single month. Well, and diss the Air a bit.
For those who aren’t Unix-command-line-enabled, the graphic above says that the combination of OS X “Leopard” 10.5.1 and an August-2007 MacBook is in at least one instance really fucking solid. And let me tell ya, I work this little sucker hard. The Web browser, its nakedness exposed to the Big Bad Internet, develops severe mental-health issues every few days and has has to be destroyed in order to be saved; other than that we just cruise along.
Those who (like me) have been through many computers over the years will tell you that there are certain hardware/software combos that hit a resonance frequency, work hard and get out of your way and are there when you need them. I cast my mind back and there’s one per decade, more or less: an Eighties NCD X Terminal hooked to a ton of big ol’ Unix boxes; a Toshiba Portegé running Win95 in that decade, and now I think Black Beauty is this decade’s It Computer.
MacBook Air? In its shaky first-ever release? At a time when the product sweet spot, namely the solid-state disk, is
a textbook example of the Product With Moore’s Law On Its Side?
Surely you jest.