- 7 Feb 08, 17:41 GMT
Darren Waters and I are in a slimming contest – comparing two new laptops which are sold on the basis of their weight rather than their power.
Darren is looking at the Asus U1E and I've got a MacBook Air.
If it’s about provoking the envy of your friends and colleagues, then I’m the clear winner. Ever since I removed the MacBook Air from the wrapping, I’ve been getting plenty of ooohs and aaahs – both in the flesh and online – from people who’ve lusted after Apple’s ultra-slim laptop since Steve Jobs pulled it out of a jiffy bag last month.
But I’ve an uneasy feeling that this new model could prove to be beautiful but dumb.
To pack everything in to such a slim casing, Apple has had to chuck a lot overboard – Ethernet and firewire ports, an optical drive, and a removable battery. For me the Firewire is the big loss. Last time I got a new computer, I simply hooked it up to the old one via a Firewire cable and sucked out the entire contents.
So how when you get a brand new MacBook Air, are you to install new software or migrate your data from your old machine? Easy, says Apple, we now live in a wireless world - just use your home wi-fi to beam it all across to your new machine.
Oh, that it was that easy - I spent several hours trying without success to migrate.
First, it became clear that I needed to upload new software onto my old computer to perform the transfer. Then I sat and watched while both machines just hung around thinking about it. After half an hour or so - with no data transferred - my patience ran out. So I Googled “MacBook Air migration issue” and came across a lot of people with exactly the same problem, including these testers at ZDNet.
Their advice? Give up, and get an Ethernet adapter. I didn’t have time for that, so I opted to use a synchronisation program which allows me to share my calendar and contacts across different computers, and I e-mailed my browser bookmarks to the new machine.
Since then, things have gone a little more smoothly - but the first few hours of a new relationship are all-important and my slim new friend and I have got off to a rocky start.
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