You're not going to believe this. Well, maybe some of you will. Kirk got a new computer this week -- a 17-inch MacBookPro that came with the tuition for the new master's program he started this week -- that has some of the most quirky features you can imagine finding on a laptop:
- It takes pictures! Say, for instance, you want to add a contact to your address book. Say, additionally, that the person you're adding to your address book is sitting with you at the table. All you have to do is flip the screen around so it's facing your friend, click on the "take video image" tab on the contact screen, and a live camera screen pops up, complete with a 3-2-1 countdown to picture time. Voila! You have an instantly placed picture icon for their particular entry in your address book. Amazing. A computer that takes pictures.
- The keys glow in the dark! I mean, seriously. Ever try typing things out at night, with only the light from the screen to guide you? With this sweet baby, you'll never have to strain to find the ampersand key again. Just turn off the lights and watch every letter, number, and symbol on your keyboard glow to life with luminescent backlighting staged underneath the keyboard. Whoa, that's seriously cool. It's even cool to watch it happen. You'll turn the lights on again, off again, on again, off again, just to get an instant thrill at the flick of your wrist.
- It has a magnetic plug! You may think you're simply plugging in your comp for a regularly scheduled power-up, but what you're really doing is saving your computer's life. I mean, who hasn't sat working at the computer while it charges its joyful little heart out, when suddenly the phone rings and you have to jump up to grab it -- only to trip over the plug wire and almost lose your foot and your hardware to the merciless hard floor in the process? No more. This time when you trip, all you'll lose is the slight gait in your step as your shin slights against the cord -- and then keeps pushing onward, all because the cable connecting your comp to the wall is a simple piece of metal held in place by nothing but a small magnetic force.
I think it's safe to now state the obvious: I want one.
I think it's also safe to confess that I have no idea what the "cheese" part of this title has to do with this post . . . unless, of course, you count the obvious bit about taking pictures. Please don't state the additional obvious fact that this post, in and of itself, was cheesy.