Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trade Offs

It's February 26th. What does this mean?

Well, it's trade deadline day in the NHL, of course! Lots of speculation, but who knows what will happen. When I was younger, I always had fun following things on deadline day - usually by radio and TSN at 6 at night. Didn't have the instant update internet back then. I still follow it all, but not like I use to. And now the sports networks in Canada have gone nuts about it too with all day coverage as they talk and talk and talk while waiting for something to happen so they can dissect in detail the impact of a seventh defense man for a 3rd round draft pick. With today's salary cap and crazy salaries, you don't see the roster changing trades we used to. It's all prospects and picks. Not as much fun, but I remember the fun I used to have...

Elsewhere today, we await whatever Apple's doing. The online store is down, so something is in the works. The rumor sites seem to indicate it's going to be a MacBook bump and not much more. Guess those ugly 3 year old MacBook Pros paperweights might hang around a little longer. So I keep waiting for a better Pro and a cheaper iPod Touch. Good thing I'm patient...

UPDATE: Well, the store is back online and we have new updates for the Macbook and the Macbook Pro. Some nice stuff, some mundane. The price points stay the same, but the MacBook gets bigger hard drives, faster processors, and 2GB of RAM on the second tier and up MacBook. The Pro gets bumps in the Processor, Hard Drive, Graphics RAM, LED Backlit display, and the Multi Touch Trackpad! The downside - same old slippery keyboard, dang it. So besides the Pro trackpad, nothing really exciting, just moderate bumps. Guess I'm still waiting unless I find a steal in the Refurbs...

Get this - the new laptops no longer come with an Apple Remote! Really? They can't afford to throw that in? Apple inches closer to Micro$oft territory. And I'm not the only one unimpressed and looking at refurbs - seems to be the consensus in the comments of other sites I'm reading.

Oh, and still no trades in the NHL. The deadline is at 3.

Comments on "Trade Offs"


Anonymous Marina said ... (February 26, 2008 7:46 PM) : 

Thought you might be interested in knowing that I spotted not one but TWO Macbook Air's at a tech conference this past week. VERY sleek but the price tag isn't quite as nice.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (February 27, 2008 2:08 AM) : 

That's cool - people are actually buying them then. Way too overpriced for what you get and too rich for my blood, but it is a pretty cool piece of tech.


Blogger KEANAN BRAND said ... (February 27, 2008 12:45 PM) : 

I'm not too keen on Apple's pricing, but I do like the basic product.

I do hope they keep their focus on quality and usability, though, and don't go the way of Microsoft (I like the dollar sign you used), offering everything piecemeal, then changing it so often that a person can't use it unless he/she purchases program upgrades or the latest hardware.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (February 28, 2008 9:14 AM) : 

Yeah, the overpricing is a turn off, but the products are usually solid and last a while. But they are heading towards that slippery slope of customer dissatisfaction lately.


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