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Mailbag: Did the MacBook Air get screwed?Did we unfairly compare the MacBook Air with the Thinkpad X300 as an anti-Apple conspiracy? Brian Tong answers for his crimes.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> Hey everyone I'm Molly Wood, welcome to the CNET Mailbag. This is the show where we take your feedback about the stuff we do here at CNET. Okay, so you guys all begged and whined and screamed for Prizefight to come back, and then we brought it back and now you're really mad. Mikabebe [presumed spelling], Mikabebe, was the least furious of the people who emailed us about Brian Tong's comparison of the Macbook Air and the Thinkpad X300. He wrote, "The Macbook Air versus Thinkpad wasn't fair in the end. While performance compared the Lenovo to an entry level Macbook Air, which cost 1799, the value comparison compared the Lenovo to the 3200 dollar MBA. The value should have compared the Lenovo to the entry level Macbook Air for the sake of fairness." Now, we got a lot of these emails and a lot of them were not very nice. So, we got Brian Tong in here to explain himself. Brian, what's the deal? >> Yes, my eyes are no longer puffy, so I'm over it, but here's the deal, you know we had the entry level Macbook and what we wanted to do when we finally did the value comparison was compare Apple's Dropples. So, we wanted them to both have the DVD drives and the solid-state drive, so to help you guys out and to appease you, we fixed the video, you can check it out and let me know what you think. And if you can figure out my email then hear me out. >> So we did every possible comparison now? >> Yes, yes. >> Okay. >> Yes. >> You happy now? >> Be happy. >> All right. Moving on, Estevan [presumed spelling] wrote in and asked us, "Who comes up with the cool backgrounds and animations for shows like the Buzz report and the Mailbag? That person should get an award, a pat on the back, a box of Ferrero Rocher and a jar of Nutella." Well Estevan, the Buzz Report and the Mailbag are produced by Sara Harbin who finds most of the great images and then motion graphics animator Sean Charedy [presumed spelling] punches up the Buzz Report every week. So, here you go guys. Here's an award for each of you. Award for you. Ferrero Rocher. Chocolates, chocolates. I got you guys I-Owe-You's for the Nutella because that stuff is really hard to find. There you go. There you go. Pat, pat. Pat, pat. Thanks very much. >> Wow. I'd like to thank my... ^M00:02:06 [ Music ] ^M00:02:07 >> We try not to let them talk. They're really good though. Okay, now for a little globe trotting. Dutch [presumed spelling] wrote in, "Are you guys big in India? Every time I watch your show, there's some dude with an Indian sounding name who writes in broken English. Now that I think about it maybe tech support at Dell has too much time in their hands." -- Ha ha. Although he says, "P.S. I do love Dell products though." Okay, yes, so we do get a lot of email from India, but do get this, 7 hours later on the same day, we got this email from Sateesh [presumed spelling] who told us that he works for Dell computers in India! And he said, "My favorite editors are Tom and Molly, you guys are awesome. I have a request to you, I hope you will do the needful. I always watch all your videos and reviews that are published in Cnet and I saw that beautiful RED logo of CNET sticking on the rear of Molly's laptop and I would really like to have one signed by you both. I would really love to have it on my Dell laptop." He's awesome. Thanks to the person who sent us this postcard from space. ^M00:03:05 [ Music ] ^M00:03:14 >> Cute. And finally, let's end with my favorite segment of them all, What is Wrong With You? Gil [presumed spelling] wrote to us and said, "Hey CNET, English is the language of the USA. Stop catering to the illegal aliens and those who don't want to learn English. My parents came from Canada and didn't expect French programming just for them. Very disappointed. You may gain Spanish clients, but lose the majority of people who think this is wrong. Just thought you should know." Gil, what is wrong with you? An ellipsis is composed of only three periods and it is used to indicate a pause, an unfinished thought, sometimes an omission in a quote, or a trailing off into silence. It is not a period and it does not excuse a lack of proper punctuation and capitalization. Just a little lesson in English from me to you. Also, I wanted to remind you that the Internet is not just in America. People from all over the world come to CNET, which is available, in multiple languages. And Spanish speaking people both inside and outside the US go to Univision.com. And that's about all the dignifying of that email that I'm gonna do, okay. Just watch it with that. Now, let's end on a spightly more existential note. Cowboy John [presumed spelling] wrote in to remind us all that, "To he who communicates with nature, she speaks a varied language." So true Cowboy John, so true. And that about does it for this week, keep the feedback coming firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a postcard, 235 Second Street, San Francisco CA 94105. See you next time. ^M00:04:46 [ Music ]