Free MacBook Air – Safe At Home And Working

MacBook AirFinally, the MacBook Air I won in the Webmaster Talk forum contest is at home and working. I had previously reported when the Mac Air first showed up it was dead on arrival, but thankfully I was able to get in touch with AppleCare Support and the tech I talked with was able to locate an authorized service center about 15 minute from our house. The computer had to eventually be shipped back to Apple to replace the hard drive, but all is well now.

I just got through setting it up, creating a user, hooking up to our home network and my initial reaction is that it is awesome! The design is very cool and yes, it is thin enough to put in a manila envelope. The computer feels very sturdy and the display is bright and even though I don’t like glossy screens, this one doesn’t seem to produce as much glare as I though it would.

However, since I’ve been a Windows person from day one and have never really used a laptop without a mouse for any length of time, much less a Mac laptop, it is a little awkward trying to find everything. For me nothing on the interface is familiar and all the usual tools and apps I would be using on my Windows machine are obviously not there. I did use a Mac briefly back at school while working on my graphic design degree and also used a Mac for 6 months back 10 years ago when I was a graphic artist for BellSouth, but I remember about zero from those experiences, so this is all pretty much new territory.

After using the MacBook Air for 30 minutes or so it did get a little easier to find my way around so even though it will take a while to get used to, it shouldn’t take too long. One thing I don’t like so far is the HUGE icon bar at the bottom of the display. It takes up way too much screen real estate. I’m sure there’s a way to hide it, but I haven’t figured that one out yet.

Overall though, I’m very pleased and hey, you can’t beat the price, completely free.

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10 Responses to “Free MacBook Air – Safe At Home And Working”

  1. Manilla envelope nothing! That sucker is thin enough to cut a cake! http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/01/hp-exec-cuts-birthday-cake-with-macbook-air/

    Glad to hear it’s working now. I’ve been a Mac user since 2000 and I love them. First one I had was an iMac and I’ve since switched to a Mac Book Pro. The switch might be hard at first, but it won’t let you down in the long run.

  2. Hey man, well done on winning the laptop.

    The dock at the bottom of your screen can both me minimized and shrunk down.
    To shrink it, move your mouse over the little divisor line between applications and folders ( nearer to the right side of the dock ). Then you can click and move the mouse up and down to shrink or enlarge the dock.

    Or you can just autohide it by hitting Command-Option-D ( command in the key next to the spacebar with the apple icon on it ).

    Try that.

  3. Hey Alan,

    Congrats on the Mac book air, loved the story behind it. Regarding that toolbar at the bottom of the screen its quiet customizable, I myself like it smaller as well. Click on the apple icon on the desktop menu bar and choose system prefs. Choose dock, and you can make it smaller, put it on the side of the screen, make it disapear when no mouse is over it or add some cartoon magnification which I enjoy. You’ll get the hang of the mac interface quick enough. Thats going to be a great laptop to bring to the coffee shop, or for traveling.

  4. Thanks for the tips kerry & Walen. I’ve been poking around a bit and have figured out a few things.

  5. I wanted to get myself a good macbook pro and I never get one.

    Macbook in malaysia is super expensive

  6. Looking good! I agree that the glossy screen is a major turn-off for me. I think that the screen looks a bit smaller than I expected it would be, and that kind of bugs me. If the screen was bigger and not glossy, I’d really be considering buying a whole lot more.

    Thanks for the look! :)

  7. Glad to hear it. There’s hardly much difference between Windows and Mac computers anymore (thus the ridiculous of arguments about one being superior to the other). As you found out, any piece of hardware can break down. Learn to backup folks.

    Lifehacker and a few other blogs have put out postings for basic tutorials for those switching from PC’s to Macs to help beat down the learning curve. If you think about it, we hardly use the PC anymore… everything’s on the web. A browser is a browser. A file system is a file system. Unless you are doing programming or using a Mac-only piece of software, most of it will be the same (PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Word, etc…)

  8. Someday…I will be a Mac user… 😉

  9. Congrats Alan! It was a pity to have that beautiful prize knocked out :)

  10. congrats on getting it up and running. Sounds like a really cool prize!

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