* There’s been some talk on different tech blogs about the possibility, with the release of the Apple tablet, that Apple’s rumored negotiations with various publishers will lead to third party book-related apps being yanked from the app store (and devices), such as Stanza and the Kindle app, so iTunes can handle selling books as they do songs.
If that should occur—and what a freakin’ nightmare that would be—I’ll buy a Kindle. I admit, I’m lazy by nature and totally spoiled by one-click shopping, so I pay the premium price to buy songs from iTunes directly through my iPod Touch. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to do that with books. Amazon has the best prices and if Apple takes away my ability to read through the Kindle app, I’ll go straight to Amazon and order the Kindle.
* While at the restaurant for breakfast this past Sunday, TK not only solved the insurmountable plot problem with DG4, but came up with a unique aspect of the villain. He has no interest in writing and zero interest in “chick books”, but he loves the brainstorming and problem-solving of the plot puzzle. And I’m so glad he does.
* The pretty pink hardshell case I ordered for the Macbook has arrived in the city next to my town according to UPS, but there’s still no scheduled delivery date. They probably won’t let me drive over and poke around the warehouse, huh?
*And to answer my own question from a few days back, during my pre-purchase panic: Yes, the Macbook is worth $999.
Part of my wavering was caused by chasing the Unicorn—buy a Macbook or wait for the Apple tablet? I’m glad I didn’t wait. Unless I bought a $300 netbook, I had to face the fact that my next major purchase would be made not for the sole purpose of having a shiny new toy, but to replace my Toshiba laptop. In other words, the primary tool of my trade.
I love my iPod Touch. That’s certainly no secret. But I try to imagine it with a ten-inch screen and it seems awkward. And then giving thought to the on-screen keyboard not as a tool for twittering or for writing in the car or at the dentist’s office, but as my primary keyboard.
When push came to shove, I needed a proven product offering the most efficient work process. I’m going to cry with envy when people start showing off their Apple tablets, but I don’t regret going with the Macbook. We’re going to happily string many, many words together.