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Eddy Luten
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Software developer with an affinity for computer graphics and systems programming
Software developer with an affinity for computer graphics and systems programming

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Another great musical selection from The Wildebeest.

While looking for a more powerful MacBook, I got a chance to toy around with the new MacBook Pro with Retina display today. I’ve had my eyes on it ever since it was announced at WWDC a couple of days ago and couldn’t wait to mess around with one.

So they made the MacBook Pro thinner, removed a whole bunch of features to achieve that thinness, and slapped on a beautiful screen. It really is a gorgeous laptop, kind of like the MacBook Air’s daddy, seeing as it only comes with flash storage and without an optical drive.

None of the missing features are a big problem for me, but I didn’t end up buying it. Why? Well, they put the floor model right next to a current generation MacBook Pro without the Retina display. Turns out, this machine pretty much has the same internals, except for the screen and form factor. And when you put the screens right next to each other, and you compare the same stuff side by side, the difference is there, but it’s not revolutionary.

I also found that desktop performance (scrolling in Safari and going fullscreen in certain apps in particular) wasn't as smooth as on the regular MacBook Pro. Not sure if that's because it's a bloated floor model, or if it's its normal performance.

So, I ended up ordering the MacBook Pro without the Retina screen, since, to me, it makes much more sense, both in price and weighing out the features. Once Retina screens become the de facto standard on the MacBook line of products, I’ll end up with one by default, but for now, I can’t see the value and don’t feel like paying a premium.

P.S.: if you're in Palm Beach County and are looking for a MacBook Pro with a Retina screen, as of this afternoon, Best Buy in Palm Beach Lakes has one left in stock.

Getting my MacBook Air delivered by UPS today, pretty stoked to see how it holds up in real life instead of just in-store comparisons. Also, I will probably refocus a bit on OpenGL and writing OpenGLBook.com chapters in the coming months if the schedule clears up a bit, but can't promise anything yet.

I got the opportunity today to compare the ASUS UX31 and the Apple MacBook Air right next to each other, which are two competing 13" ultrabooks running two distinctly different operating systems. An ultrabook is a newly coined fad term describing ultra-portable and ultra-light form-factor laptops -- think very thin netbooks.

The laptops that I tested are extremely impressive machines with almost identical features at a pricepoint of around $1,200-$1,300 in store (i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD). In fact, I think every single physical port on the UX31 is available on the MacBook as well.

The UX31 is constructed from a brushed aluminium material, whereas the MacBook looks like some kind of composite aluminium, so both machines look and feel very similar. One striking feature of the UX31 is that the keyboard's keycaps are also made out of aluminium, so it seems as if the entire machine was constructed from a solid piece.

The MacBook Air is impressive in terms of hardware and feel; the trackpad is responsive and nice to use, the keyboard is natural to the touch (although plastic key caps), and having to use MacOS is not such a big deal, considering that the UX31 hosts a Windows 7 Home Premium install loaded to the rim with bloatware. Tons of ASUS applications, Windows 7 widgets, trial versions of this and that, just annoying shit. I didn't see any bloatware preinstalled on the MacBook, just the standard applications delivered with MacOS, but I could be wrong.

One thing that really stood out to me was the color representation of the displays. The colors on the UX31 looked a bit washed compared to the MacBook, which is not really a big deal, but it's off-putting, especially when they're around the same pricepoint. Both laptops are very rigid and really don't bend or flex at all, which is a good thing if you value your hardware.

I'm a big PC/Windows user (bread and butter kind of big), but if you're looking for a lightweight laptop for internet usage, text editing, watching videos, and being on the road, I have to hand my ultrabook crown - at this moment in time - to Apple. So, all in all, I think I'm going with the 13" MacBook Air for my travel laptop. (gasp)

Does anyone know of a good free IRC client for Windows?

Is getting an individual GDC Vault subscription for a year worth the $ for a hobbyist developer? #gamedev #p2t

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Strangely beautiful video with music by Air (French guys who did "All I Need").
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