Mario Sundar's Speakeasy

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Twitter, Canon, and My Mac

Twitter: Well, after a bit of trepidation I’ve finally stepped into the “LARGE, loud and messy chat room” that is Twitter. For those who haven’t heard of Twitter. Here’s a brief intro:

A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing? Answer on your phone, IM, or right here on the web!

What’s the fascination?

Twitter is addictive (thanks, Jeremiah!), owing to its unique blend of IM chat room meets persistent flash mobs. To me personally, once I have my friends on, it definitely is a great way to let them “read my thoughts”.

From a marketing perspective, looks like twitter could become a cool PR/News feed service (for e.g. BBC). It’s also a great way to get instant news on important earth-shattering items such as an earthquake, for example. But all this is based on the premise that you are addicted to RSS.

Here’s my twitter page and my twitter id is mariosundar.

Canon SD700 IS:

You may have read my not-so-recent post on my dilemma regarding purchase of a camera. I was then thinking of a digital SLR and received feedback from readers on a suitable camera. Nothing happened until now, I realize I needed a smaller, simpler point-and-shoot camera that’s easy to carry around for events, parties, etc…

I started with the Canon SD800 IS and the Sony DSC-T10, both of which were priced similar and had similar features. However, I ended up with the Canon SD700 IS since it has the features I am looking for, cost $50 lesser (than the 800) and looked better. Plus, my friend Jeremiah recently purchased it.

My Mac
: Yes, finally after months of thought I decided to go ahead and purchase my first Mac – the MacBook.

There is no doubt that the Mac has slowly reached a tipping point when it comes to sales growth but personally my conversion was wrought due to my tech-crush on the Mac, which was fueled by the persistent-yet-subtle evangelism of high-profile users such as Om Malik and Guy Kawasaki.

Anyways, if you are contemplating a Mac purchase, add Amazon to your list of options. No tax and free 2-day shipping (w/ Amazon Prime). Nice.

Any recent Mac converts out there? Any thoughts/tips?

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15 Responses

  1. Garry says:

    After fighting with windows since back in the days of windows.3, I have had enough had a little old imac and loved it am in the process of saving some cash for a new model laptop that will do all I want. A lot of photo processing, and of course just plain and simple reliability.


  2. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Garry,

    Looks like I’ve followed a similar route with my little new macbook 🙂

    I hope to purchase a super-cool iMac a year or two from now, to take the place of a 2nd TV!

    I’ll be using the Mac predominantly for the web, music, photos and dvd. Glad to hear of its reliability. Thanks for the comment.


  3. Joseph Denzel says:

    So happy that you’ve given in and crossed over. Have fun with it.

    P.S. I’m not “high profile?” j/k


  4. Mario Sundar says:

    Thanks, Joe!

    Of course, your Mac usage is definitely impactful. That’s the cool part of Mac evangelism: it’s subtle, honest and very effective.


  5. Ron E. says:

    Two comments on my part.

    1) Can’t wait to get my mac, I have been saving lately only for that. Reading all this beautiful comments on apple computers just make me more excited….and makes me wish I worked at Apple!

    2)…on Twitter, I think this is a tool that adds so much to user life on the web2.0 era. We have tools that let us communicate fully, but now with Twitter we’ll be able to live a “published life” simultaneously as out in the real world. I’d guess we’ll be hearing a lot more on Twitter soon, and beyond!

    Ron E.


  6. Mario Sundar says:

    Well, Ron, all I’ve got to say is “Get that Mac”! I’ve just started using it and I love it! It may take some time to get used to new shortcuts but I already do that with Google Reader and so don’t mind it.

    Twitter to me is esp. useful if you attend events regularly and have a bunch of friends who do so as well. Great tool for press release and chatting at conferences. Have you tried it yet?

    Either way, get the mac 🙂


  7. Mary-Louise says:

    I work for Guy Kawasaki. Thanks for the link to his blog!



  8. Hi Mario,

    Twitter seems like a group AIM thing for me. Not sure if I will use it much…

    I am also thinking of getting a Canon SD camera. While I have a point&shoot camera, it is a little older & I want some with some special filtering options. I am leaning towards the SD600 because a lot of megapixels don’t always mean a lot (A better lens is more important).


  9. Mario Sundar says:

    Well, thanks for reading…Mary-Louise, Guy Kawasaki’s Virtual Assistant!

    Back to the real world — D,

    Twitter’s great for attending events, large announcements, quake warnings and collaborating with groups of attendees. For all else, it’s importance diminishes (methinks).

    SD600 will probably suffice for me as well, buddy, but the form factor of the 700 enticed me. Look forward to clicking each others pictures at upcoming events 🙂


  10. Bill Vick says:

    As a ‘hard core’ mackie who actually had an order in for an Apple 1 with Woz, which never shipped, and can recall Guy Kawasaki as both my Apple evangelist at BPI Systems in Austin and then hawking Silver Surfer (which became 4D and that I used to launch a software company) I applaud your wisdom in adopting Mac. There are several Mac centric websites I’d reccomend but two I wouldn’t miss are:


  11. Mario Sundar says:

    Thanks, Bill.

    I’m subscribed to TUAW. Let me check out hawk wings too.

    As for my macbook – Love it… the only issue being battery and heating. But I guess its normal with laptops its size.


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