Pogue Loves the New MacBook, But...

Tech writer mourns the end of FireWire, and of home movies on tape
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Oct 30, 2008 11:30 AM CDT
Visitors check out the new 13-inch Macbook laptops at the Apple Store in New York, Thursday Oct. 16, 2008.   (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – There’s much to love about the new MacBook, writes David Pogue in the New York Times. The laptop is “a thing of beauty,” with a fabulous trackpad-cum-clicker, an easy way to switch out the battery or even hard drive and a smaller environmental footprint. But there’s also something to mourn: the loss of the FireWire jack.

Apple likely will drop FireWire from its other computers as well. Then, users of MiniDV camcorder tapes, like Pogue, will find their movies stranded on tapes that, soon, will be obsolete. “The writing is on the wall,” writes Pogue: “Tape is dead. And Apple is not about to preserve some legacy jack just for the sake of the dwindling MiniDV cult.”