It's a bit thin
Does that mean Apple will sue them claiming design patent infringement?
Asus looks set to take the fight to Apple's 11in MacBook Air with an ultra-skinny Eee PC netbook, due to be announced next week at the Computex show in Taipei. Skinny Eee PC The Asian PC maker's Facebook page teases a slimline Eee - the line's "next evolution", apparently - but Italian-language site Notebook Italia has a …
They were small, cheap, PC-compatible laptops you could carry in a (generous) pocket of a pair of cargo-pants and didn't care if it fell out. A shame Asus seemed to completely miss the point of why people were buying them when they came to design another machine. Mine's still a perfectly good ZX Spectrum cross-platform development machine and a portable MAME unit. You can even stand it on its end for vertical shmups.
is currently acting as an internet router allowing my home network to use a 3G USB dongle while I change ISP's.
I thought it would be a bit difficult to set up, but it took about 15 minutes. I already had Ubuntu 10.10 on it, though, and it is normally used as a portable network capable media player when I don't want to watch what the wife has on the main telly.
There he is, trying to make Apple distinctive and different - and every laptop, mobile and tablet maker in the world is apparently unable to resist ripping him off.
This Asus, for example, is not merely MacBookAir-esque. It's virtually identical. And the latest Dell XPS-15 is a MacBook Pro rip-off, too.
Or is this a cunning plan to destroy Apple by making it impossible to distinguish MacBooks/iPhones/iPads from the competition?
A simple peek at the image of this new Asus and then a look at a photo of the MacBook air was more than enough to convince me the two don't look even remotely similar.
Well other than being thin and having a clamshell format with the keyboard on the horizontal bit and the screen on the sticky-up bit obviously.
Instead of putting yourself through the endless process of writing "MacBook Air-esque" every time a hardwarew manufacturer releases a product which is THIN, you might consider using the word "THIN" to save yourself time and effort.
Especially when, as in this case, it's fuck all like a MacBook Air except insofar as it's a thin computer.
It's bloody annoying. You might as well say "ASUS MAKE PC, WE BUNG IN SOME FREE ADVERTISING FOR APPLE".
Why do you conclude the writers actually bother? There's an even chance that each time they write "thin" it gets automagically replaced by "MacBookAirEsque".
It's not that hard to implement the reverse in your own browser, with a variation on the KittenBlock plugin or whatnot.
I fail to see how this is "like a mac book" any more then a mac book is "like a thinkpad"
I was so amused listening to the boss on the phone fumbeling around trying to find a dongle for ethernet for his Air (which is where it would be if I had to fumble looking for a dongle to ethernet.... flying across the room.) Somebody needs to tell apple, the 90's called, they would like their lack of a proper ethernet port back.
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