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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The How Lame Is Technorati Experiment

Technorati Is LameThis will be kind of a rant. What’s the point of Technorati? Can anyone tell me? Does anyone even go there any longer except me? Is there a point to it? I used to get a decent amount of traffic from them on a couple of other blogs, but here at Affiliate Confession, if traffic from Technorati were considered water, I would be dead. This blog is more than 6 months old but I still can’t get, or at least I don’t think I can get, my Technorati tags indexed. I haven’t tried in a month or so, but were going to try a little experiment here just for the fun of it.

One of the ways to get Technorati traffic was to blog about something on their top 10 tags list and publish your post around 7 to 9 in the evening. Within minutes traffic would come rolling in and I used to be able to get 600 to 700 visitors just from Technorati to some posts on my American Idol blog. This was when the top 10 tags used to be listed on the front page in a much more prominent way. This also used to be in the day when something wasn’t always wrong with Technorati as well. Right now if you head over to the rising posts and stories, there’s nothing there.

Anyway here’s the little experiment: Instead of just blogging about 1 thing in the top 10 tag list, I’ll blog about everything in the top 10 tags as found at Blogger Central and include those tags at the bottom of this post. I’ll include the tag title and a nice link bait one liner to offend as many people as possible. If you’re not offended by something in one tag, you will be in another. But the whole point is to see if we can generate some traffic from Technorati.

So let’s get started and have some fun.

News – Have you heard the news, Technorati is lame.

Politics– My top political hero is George W. Bush. I think he is the best President evar and wish he could run for 2 more terms.

Barack Obama– Why don’t we ever mention this guy’s middle name? It’s Hussein, and I want to know why Bush isn’t asking Barack about those weapons of mass destruction. Is there a connection?

iPhone– What can I say about the iPhone, besides there are morons paying over $600 for a 16 GB iPhone on eBay right now when you can get it from AT&T for $499. Duh!

Google – Evil

Music– I miss the good old days of Captain & Tennille and Abba, now there was some real music.

Video– Great, everyone thinks they’re either a director or producer these days. YouTube is a waste of bandwidth.

Hillary Clinton– If Hillary were to appear on a granny’s HotOrNot I’d give her a 5 cause she’s not bad lookin’ for an old hag, but I darn sure wouldn’t want her as president.

Media– See I told you Technorati is lame. Why’s this even a tag?

Apple – How was Steve Jobs able to take a generic word and copyright it? And to top it off the Apple affiliate program really sucks. They make so much money, yet they can only afford to offer their affiliates 1% on sales. Would anyone be wiling to admit they’re an Apple affiliate?

There you have it. Now, Technorati traffic, come to pappa, if you dare!

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