Friday, February 04, 2005

eMac — Two Weeks In

Two weeks into eMac ownership and the sheen has worn off.

Well, no. I'm lying.

I'm still getting a kick out of using it, and discovering new features all the time; like how I can plug my PowerShot camera straight in without installing any additional software, and like how I can use the Summarize feature of TextEdit to strip all of the white space out of a pasted web article.

Two weeks in, and I'm still blown away by the quality of the display. This is the first computer I've used where Times New Roman-style fonts actually look good on the screen.

Okay — it's not a complete love-fest; there are one or two minor issues I'd like to resolve:

  • I really appreciate how it only takes three seconds to sleep it and three seconds to wake it up, only every time it wakes the screen contrast is high and I then need to tap either F14 or F15 to have it remember how it was.
  • In IE6 I could easily look in the Temporary Internet Files folder and copy out any SWF or MOV files I might want to keep — I wouldn't have the faintest idea where Safari keeps its cache.
  • IE also had a feature where you hit F11 and it's full-screen; so did Outlook and Explorer. I really miss that.
  • Lastly, I cannot find a way to go on and offline (yes, I'm one of the few still using dialup) without using the mouse.

Minor issues like I said; they're not deal-breakers, just open items for now.

It's still early days...


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