Saturday, October 29, 2016

And Now For Something Completely Different

I've been very lax in my blogging, as I haven't had much to truly say. But I just saw something that I just HAD to dust off the blog for:

The new Mac Book Pro.

No, I haven't become some drooling fanboy lusting after Apple. As a matter of fact, I am trying my damndest to divorce myself from Apple and its ilks. Sadly, I drank their cool aid some years ago, and I'm paying the price today, as I'm sure many of you can attest.
I tried their laptops once years ago, and never cared for them. But there is one thing on this new machine that totally left me jaw-dropped. And that is the "touch bar". Want to talk about a game changer?

I'm at a loss as to how to name it. So for now I'll refer to it as a device. The device, which is built into the laptop, is above the keyboard. It's a single touch screen in it's own right. But the things that it can do are mind blowing. It is meant to replace the classic row of function keys above the "qwerty" keys on the keyboard. I don't have the time to list in detail all the things it can do for the different programs you have installed. But it is a tool that is entirely indispensable. And for those that still need function keys, it will pull them up for you and display them there.

Apple has once again thrown down the gauntlet. And the world will be better for this challenge, trust me. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. Retooling shouldn't be that difficult. and licencing 'hopefully' shouldn't be that expensive.

I hate you Apple. But in a nice way.