Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Atoms - Apple announcements great but not earth-shattering

Today's announcements of new hardware were great for Apple products and I wish they would have happened sooner but that's not how Apple does things.

1. Headless (Mac Mini) - this idea has been out for awhile. Look at the Wintergreen Systems MiniBook at eCost. $432.70 for basically the same thing. I wouldn't be surprised if SJ took one these and layed it on the engineer's table and said "Make it a Mac".

When I test the MiniBook, it seemed to get really hot. I hope the vents on the back of the Mac Mini are adeqaute for ventilation.

2. Flash iPod (iPod Shuffle) - while I understand the creation of this piece, I'd rather have an iPod with 512MB internal memory and the ability to load my own SD cards. I'd load the 512MB with the OS and a few tunes I'd always want around, and then allow the SD card to be a holder of the majority of my tunes on separate cards.

For me, the Palm Tungsten E ($199), with Real Player and Pocket Tunes and the ability to swap out SD cards is still a much better bang for the buck.


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