Monday, August 31, 2009

‘Sam’s Club’ Republican Pawlenty Bids for 2012: Albert R. Hunt -

A logical argument for Tim Pawlenty to be the GOP nominee in 2012.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Snow Leopard Install Successful

Have to hand it to the software engineers over at Apple: They know how to slim down an OS. After years of operating systems growing considerable girth, Apple switched gears and put OS X on a diet. And it's a diet that Rush Limbaugh could be impressed with: after installation I went from 7 GB to 18 GB of available space! That was worth the price of admission alone, a paltry 30 bucks (meanwhile the geniuses of Redmond want to charge $200 to erase the memories of poor Vista victims). In addition to the hard drive space savings, there is a general increase of speed overall, the finder is significantly faster, and the scrolling through the dock icons is a breeze.

The best new feature is QuickTime 10, which does audio and video recording now, plus a really cool video screen capture that allows you to do tutorials and such. I plan on using it to show how to make some of the iPhone programs I'm developing.

My 2007 Mac Mini Core isn't ancient, but it's pretty old, so it took over an hour to install (a lot of sites were claiming 45 minutes) , and it's puny Intel Graphics card will not really be able to take advantage of the OpenCL features that would take advantage of any extra GPU cycles. Still, since the CPU has two cores, I expect video capture to go a little faster (haven't had a chance to try it yet.)

As far as compatibility with existing apps, I'm pleased to report that the GIMP, OpenOffice, and Flip4Mac (a .wmv viewer) are all working as before. Google Chrome, which is still in beta, is functioning but ironically Google's homepage had some strange hieroglyphics on it when I pulled it up. Most importantly to me, Xcode is working fine and it still recognizes my iPhone as a developer phone, which I was extremely worried about.

The verdict: If you have an Intel Mac with a gig or more of memory, this is a no-brainer upgrade. The hard drive space saved alone will save me tons of time every time I have to download the mammoth XCode updates, which usually require 6GB of free space that I rarely have. My Mac feels a bit faster, and I know I'll use the video screen capture a lot. This update should carry my Mac until the iTablet (if and when it ever comes out), and it should do the same for you too.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ambience is a Godsend

One absolutely must have iPhone program for me is Ambience. It effectively drowns whatever my wife has to watch so she can fall asleep. My personal favorite it Waterfall, it's the most effective for drowning out everything. Plus I just like waterfalls, I can stare at them for hours.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

iTablet doomed to Apple TV status without Snow Leopard

I really, really want this iTablet thing to exist. However, I want it to be called a Macbook Touch, have Snow Leopard on it, and in general not be a glorified iPod Touch. I know Steve Jobs is a man of Reason, and he must realize it is not Reasonable to have a crippled computer, dependent on another computer to be able to function. Think about an iPhone. You can't use it unless you have another computer to sync up with, whether to backup up your music, put your movies on it, or update it to the latest OS. You can't even rearrange your photo album without the outside assistance of iTunes running on another computer. That's OK for an iPod or even an iPhone (although I would dearly like MobileMe to do all this in the cloud, which will never happen so never mind) But an 800 dollar computer? No way. No how.

I've read some very disturbing reports from supposed analysts that say this is some Apple TV replacement garbage, running on some iPhone OS variant, and I'm thinking, no, this just can't be. It can't. Apple would never make such a crappy product, would it? But then, they did make Apple TV, didn't they? Stupid thing doesn't even have Blue Ray, and is stuck playing the miniscule movie selection of the iTunes store, in lo-def no less! Say what you want about the Mac Mini, at least it has OS X.

That's the choice Apple has: Make some kind of weird Apple TV/Big iPod Touch for the niche market of weirdos that thought TV was dead and we'd get all of our content from iTunes, or build something that will actually be useful, like Mac Mini and it's proper Mac OS X operating system, except it will have a touch screen. I would buy a Macbook Touch with Snow Leopard. I've wanted a Macbook for some time but thought a thousand dollars is steep for a laptop. Give me an 800 dollar Macbook Touch and I'll camp out at the Apple Store the day it's released. If not, I'll stick with my Mac Mini/iPhone ecosystem, thank you. -- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, August 02, 2009

iTablet is a no go without Snow Leopard

Not that Steve really cares what I think, but I would like to reiterate my stance on the supposed iTablet in the face of the latest rumours.

1. No Snow Leopard, no chance I'm buying it. The lastest rumour is iTablet will be based on an ARM chip, not an Intel Atom. Since Snow Leopard is apparently an operating system based now solely on Intel chips, I'm afraid it will get stuck with an iPhone like OS. This is not good. People may tolerate a locked down OS for thier phones, but computers? I'm thinking no. People aren't going to drop 800 bucks for something that won't let them multitask or save files locally. Unless Snow Leopard is being built for ARM chips, which I've heard absolutely nothing about, expect this thing to be an overgrown iPod touch.

2. iTablet? That just doesn't sound right. Am I the only one that thinks iTablet is a dumb name? Doesn't exactly roll of the tongue. If the thing had a real Mac OS, I could seeing bein called a MacTab or something like that. Since it's probably going to have the iPhone OS, it should be called something like iPod Grande.

3. $800? Is it just me or is that insane for what essentially an overgrown iPod? I know Apple is all about premium pricing, but in case anyone needed reminding we are in a recession/depression.

I hope I'm wrong. I wish Apple all the best, and I really want them to succeed. But if this thing is shaping up the way the rumors are going, I don't care how goord Steve Job's reality distortion field is, this thing's going to be another Mac Mini or Apple TV, i.e a niche product. Please Steve, put Snow Leopard on it or don't release it at all. -- Post From My iPhone

Computer Slowing Down? What to Do About It

Thankfully, Macs are fairly immune to this.

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