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Count Alex's Losses
03-12-2008, 10:05 PM
Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight

http://www.michaelnygard.com/blog/2008/03/steve_jobs_made_me_miss_my_fli.html

On waking, I reach for my blackberry. It tells me what city I'm in; the hotel rooms offer no clues. Every Courtyard by Marriott is interchangeable. Many doors into the same house. From the size of my suitcase, I can recall the length of my stay: one or two days, the small bag. Three or four, the large. Two bags means more than a week.
CNBC, shower, coffee, email. Quick breakfast, $10.95 (except in California, where it's $12.95. Another clue.)

Getting there is the worst part. Flying is an endless accumulation of indignities. Airlines learned their human factors from hospitals. I've adapted my routine to minimize hassles.

Park in the same level of the same ramp. Check in at the less-used kiosks in the transit level. Check my bag so I don't have to **** around with the overhead bins. I'd rather dawdle at the carousel than drag the thing around the terminal anyway.

Always the frequent flyer line at the security checkpoint. Sometimes there's an airline person at the entrance of that line to check my boarding pass, sometimes not. An irritation. I'd rather it was always, or never. Sometimes means I don't know if I need my boarding pass out or not.
Same words to the TSA agent. Standard responses. "Doing fine," whether I am or not. Same belt. It's gone through the metal detector every time. I don't need to take it off.

Only... today, something is different. Instead of my bags trundling through the x-ray machine, she stops the belt. Calls over another agent, a palaver. Another agent flocks to the screen. A gabble, a conference, some consternation.

They pull my laptop, my new laptop making its first trip with me, out of the flow of bags. One takes me aside to a partitioned cubicle. Another of the endless supply of TSA agents takes the rest of my bags to a different cubicle. No yellow brick road here, just a pair of yellow painted feet on the floor, and my flight is boarding. I am made to understand that I should stand and wait. My laptop is on the table in front of me, just beyond reach, like I am waiting to collect my personal effects after being paroled.

I'm standing, watching my laptop on the table, listening to security clucking just behind me. "There's no drive," one says. "And no ports on the back. It has a couple of lines where the drive should be," she continues.

A younger agent, joins the crew. I must now be occupying ten, perhaps twenty, percent of the security force. At this checkpoint anyway. There are three score more at the other five checkpoints. The new arrival looks at the printouts from x-ray, looks at my laptop sitting small and alone. He tells the others that it is a real laptop, not a "device". That it has a solid-state drive instead of a hard disc. They don't know what he means. He tries again, "Instead of a spinning disc, it keeps everything in flash memory." Still no good. "Like the memory card in a digital camera." He points to the x-ray, "Here. That's what it uses instead of a hard drive."

The senior agent hasn't been trained for technological change. New products on the market? They haven't been TSA approved. Probably shouldn't be permitted. He requires me to open the "device" and run a program. I do, and despite his inclination, the lead agent decides to release me and my troublesome laptop. My flight is long gone now, so I head for the service center to get rebooked.

Behind me, I hear the younger agent, perhaps not realizing that even the TSA must obey TSA rules, repeating himself.
"It's a MacBook Air."

Fish
03-12-2008, 10:15 PM
Macbook Air is a pain in the ass to support.....

dtebbe
03-12-2008, 10:22 PM
Any self important turd burgler hippie that owns a MacBook air deserves to miss their flight.

DT

banyon
03-12-2008, 10:22 PM
This does seem like quite a hassle. You were in a big hurry to get back into your parents' basement, then?

Count Alex's Losses
03-12-2008, 10:24 PM
This does seem like quite a hassle. You were in a big hurry to get back into your parents' basement, then?

You accuse me of buying Mac products?

http://hervepelletier.com/Images/PORTRAITS/Portraits_full/aghast.jpg

Ari Chi3fs
03-12-2008, 10:26 PM
Any self important turd burgler hippie that owns a MacBook air deserves to miss their flight.

DT

Well I own 2 of them, what does that make me?

penguinz
03-12-2008, 10:29 PM
I like and use macs everyday. That will not stop me from saying this guy deserves it for wasting 3k on that piece of crap laptop.

Skip Towne
03-12-2008, 10:29 PM
Well I own 2 of them, what does that make me?

A double self important turd burglar?

Ari Chi3fs
03-12-2008, 10:31 PM
A double self important turd burglar?

I don't really own any, but... I am a turd burglar.... I will wait until you poop and then steal it.

I have been waiting for this one chick to get done pooping for two years, but she was protecting it from me... damn her!!11

penguinz
03-12-2008, 10:34 PM
Well I own 2 of them, what does that make me?
Insane for spending too much money on a non-upgradable machine that is underpowered for the price.

Count Alex's Losses
03-12-2008, 10:37 PM
He probably bought them on credit. I bet Ari is swimming in debt up to his eyeballs.

Bowser
03-12-2008, 10:46 PM
He probably bought them on credit. I bet Ari is swimming in debt up to his eyeballs.

Heh. What commercial is that from?

Cochise
03-12-2008, 11:31 PM
that's funny. i got looked at pretty hard one time for just forgetting to take the laptop out of the bag before i ran it through the machine.

stlchiefs
03-12-2008, 11:35 PM
Heh. What commercial is that from?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn5EP9StlVA

Guru
03-12-2008, 11:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn5EP9StlVA
I got a real kick out of that commercial when it first aired. It is so damn true. Glad I don't fall into that category.

DaneMcCloud
03-13-2008, 12:34 AM
Oh come on, this is satire.

Or advertising.

ChiefaRoo
03-13-2008, 12:40 AM
Well I own 2 of them, what does that make me?


A KU douche.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:02 AM
lets see here

I have owned 4 PC's in the span of 10 years

1st in 1997
2nd in 1999
3rd in 2000
4th in 2005 ( by inheritance)

the first 3 are long gone to being outdated/old/slow/full of spyware/viruses/crap. The 4th one just sits and collects dust, ocassionally it gets started up to play civilization 4

OTOH

I have 3 macs

1st in 2002
2nd in 2006
3rd in 2007

first 2 are laptops that are still used to this day and the third was a desktop to fully replace the PC in the house

none of my macs have any problems

hard decision

Count Alex's Losses
03-13-2008, 01:08 AM
The fact you admitted one of your PCs is full of spyware and viruses makes me understand why you're a mac user.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:19 AM
The fact you admitted one of your PCs is full of spyware and viruses makes me understand why you're a mac user.


ok dork...you pick that shit up surfing the net period...and constantly having to clean it off is not my idea of fun

Bowser
03-13-2008, 01:20 AM
STAY OFF THE PORN SITES!!!

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:21 AM
STAY OFF THE PORN SITES!!!



lol....you get it from more than porn sites...

stlchiefs
03-13-2008, 01:22 AM
lets see here

I have owned 4 PC's in the span of 10 years

1st in 1997
2nd in 1999
3rd in 2000
4th in 2005 ( by inheritance)

the first 3 are long gone to being outdated/old/slow/full of spyware/viruses/crap. The 4th one just sits and collects dust, ocassionally it gets started up to play civilization 4

OTOH

I have 3 macs

1st in 2002
2nd in 2006
3rd in 2007

first 2 are laptops that are still used to this day and the third was a desktop to fully replace the PC in the house

none of my macs have any problems

hard decision

Not that I give a chit about this debate, but your results might have something to do with the fact that 2 of the 3 Macs are newer than any of your PCs and all 3 Macs are newer than 3 of the 4 PCs. Just saying.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:29 AM
Not that I give a chit about this debate, but your results might have something to do with the fact that 2 of the 3 Macs are newer than any of your PCs and all 3 Macs are newer than 3 of the 4 PCs. Just saying.

Maybe I didn't make my point well enough

the first PC lasted only 2 years before having to be replaced (all desktops BTW) each PC replaced the one before( due to one problem or another making use impractical)....all the macs are not replacements but additions

greg63
03-13-2008, 02:40 AM
Our airlines are run by morons

So you're working there eh?

Count Alex's Losses
03-13-2008, 02:50 AM
ok dork...you pick that shit up surfing the net period...and constantly having to clean it off is not my idea of fun

I don't have any spyware whatsoever on my PC.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 03:58 AM
I don't have any spyware whatsoever on my PC.

if you say so

Count Alex's Losses
03-13-2008, 07:57 AM
if you say so

It's OK. It's obvious you're the type of user that NEEDS a mac.

Skip Towne
03-13-2008, 08:15 AM
A KU douche.

Are you still pissed that KU...mmm...found you unsuitable?

greg63
03-13-2008, 08:18 AM
Are you still pissed that KU...mmm...found you unsuitable?


LMAO

Dartgod
03-13-2008, 08:43 AM
So this dumbshit doesn't even go through security until his flight is boarding, yet it's someone else's fault that he missed his flight?

Riiiiight..... :rolleyes:

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 12:37 PM
It's OK. It's obvious you're the type of user that NEEDS a mac.

It is obvious that you are the type of person that needs validation for your choice of the PC

Count Alex's Losses
03-13-2008, 01:13 PM
It is obvious that you are the type of person that needs validation for your choice of the PC

Absolutely not. You are the one who brought up Macs in this thread. It was intended to be about our retarded airline industry.

Lzen
03-13-2008, 01:27 PM
So this dumbshit doesn't even go through security until his flight is boarding, yet it's someone else's fault that he missed his flight?

Riiiiight..... :rolleyes:

Exactly what I was thinking. :thumb:

Count Alex's Losses
03-13-2008, 01:28 PM
Well, he couldn't be TOO bright as a Mac user.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:32 PM
Absolutely not. You are the one who brought up Macs in this thread. It was intended to be about our retarded airline industry.

riiiiiiiight

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Well, he couldn't be TOO bright as a Mac user.

see right there "validate me!"

Lzen
03-13-2008, 01:34 PM
Maybe I didn't make my point well enough

the first PC lasted only 2 years before having to be replaced (all desktops BTW) each PC replaced the one before( due to one problem or another making use impractical)....all the macs are not replacements but additions

I'm curious as to what brand/model were these PCs.

I am still using a PC that I bought in 2002. It's an HP. The only things that I have done to it is add a DL DVD burner and added RAM. Other than that, it's the same as when I bought it. Well, minus a lot of the pre-bundled software. I got rid of Norton after the 2nd year expired. I used AVG for awhile. However, I have been using Avast antivirus for a few years now. I also use Mozilla Firefox for 99% of the sites I visit. I do periodic checks using Spybot S&D as well as Lavasoft Ad Aware. I have a hardware firewall in my router and a software firewall in Zone Alarm. These things seem to keep my system pretty healthy.

DenverChief
03-13-2008, 01:45 PM
I'm curious as to what brand/model were these PCs.

I am still using a PC that I bought in 2002. It's an HP. The only things that I have done to it is add a DL DVD burner and added RAM. Other than that, it's the same as when I bought it. Well, minus a lot of the pre-bundled software. I got rid of Norton after the 2nd year expired. I used AVG for awhile. However, I have been using Avast antivirus for a few years now. I also use Mozilla Firefox for 99% of the sites I visit. I do periodic checks using Spybot S&D as well as Lavasoft Ad Aware. I have a hardware firewall in my router and a software firewall in Zone Alarm. These things seem to keep my system pretty healthy.

the first 3 were gateway PII, and 2 PIII's the last one is a Sony PIV. The last one is only still good because I spent a few days cleaning up the crap that the rest of the family who are computer illiterate managed to get on there (spyware,viruses etc) Contrary to Wendlers claims I have a very good working knowledge of PC's and can do a lot of things on them, the question then becomes do I really want to spend all the extra time and money cleaning/repairing/maintaining those systems while I don't have to do any of that with a mac?

Donger
03-13-2008, 01:48 PM
Airlines equal TSA?

mikeyis4dcats.
03-13-2008, 02:53 PM
how does what the TSA do affect the airlines?