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  • The rating scale of 7.9 was calculated on a Pentium.
    Robinhood had this to say on Jun 17, 2009 Posts: 9
    Run Windows on Your Mac For Free With VirtualBox
  • the completely rewritten architecture I wonder what OS KOW is talking about?
    Robinhood had this to say on Oct 08, 2006 Posts: 9
    Vista Ain't that Bad, In Fact It's Good
  • bikemike: just because it could be a lot easier doesn't mean Chris is wrong to mess around with partitions and reinstalls and all that - it's his computer! Most people aren't masochists, but that doesn't mean masochists are wrong to do things the rest of us would find painful. I agree that most users would be better off just to leave the computer the way it was at 11:53 am, use the migration assistant, and be done with it. However, it looks like Chris wanted to try things out that most users wouldn't do, and he's learned some things from that process. Most engineers I know have a long history of pulling things apart to find out how they worked... and some of those things were never put back together again. As long as it was their own things they pulled apart, who am I to complain? The Mac Way of doing things is a very pleasant and easy way to do most things... but it's a product, not a religion. Heresy can be rewarding too! Incidentally, I agree with you that partitions on a Mac are generally unnecessary (except for a huge disk in an old system), and that virtualization is a better approach to running Win on Mac for anything except games... but if someone else wants to put themselves through a more painful and involved process to achieve something else, perhaps they'll discover something I'll later appreciate not having to discover for myself.
    Robinhood had this to say on Sep 29, 2006 Posts: 9
    Migrating to a new iMac
  • stephen: looks to me like the black thing above-right of the 64-bit icon is just a black iPod. Given that they've been so good at keeping leakage about an iPhone (if it even exists) to a minimum, I'd be amazed if they'd put it on a banner which would be in plain view before such a clever keynote stunt. Robo: I have to disagree with you a little on the "Apple knows what they're doing" in regards to the huge amount of space around the keyboard on a 17" widescreen laptop... it would have been the perfect place for a real numeric keypad (still plenty of real estate around the trackpad for speaker grilles). Since I'm a small laptop fanatic, it makes no difference to me, but it would be nice to see my M$-faithful father using a laptop with a glowing Apple logo on it.
    Robinhood had this to say on Aug 04, 2006 Posts: 9
    What's in a Banner?
  • Once again, the 17" model misses the bet to use some of that HUGE amount of base space for a real numeric keypad. I don't mind that my 12" iBook doesn't have one, but what excuse does a 17" widescreen "laptop" have?
    Robinhood had this to say on Apr 27, 2006 Posts: 9
    Inside the 17" MacBook Pro
  • John Sculley - living proof that even if you pay top dollar to get a CEO, he can still do a really lousy job of it.
  • Damn! Steve Jobs farted and I missed it!?? Have you got a video link???
    Robinhood had this to say on Apr 07, 2006 Posts: 9
    Boot Camp: Apple's Insanely Good Idea?
  • I'm somewhat puzzled that there have been 5 articles on Apple Matters this week about Boot Camp, but absolutely nothing about a development - also made public this week - which I think will have far more impact on the lives of typical Mac users with occasional, obscure Windows software needs: it's a product called Parallels Workstation, and the public beta allows a Mactel user to run Windows (or any other Intel OS) at near-native speeds WITHOUT REBOOTING. It didn't come from Apple, but the piece of software I intend to use on my Intel Mac (when I buy one... or two) is found here: Incidentally, this isn't an ad - I have no association with either product. I am just genuinely puzzled why people think Boot Camp will change the world, when Mac users generally love the fact that they don't have to reboot their computers all the time (unlike Windows machines). Instead, have your virtual Windows box sleeping in the corner, wake it up when you need to run Access or some piece of peculiar proprietary software, then put it back in the corner when you're done with it, never having left Mail, Safari, iChat, iTunes, etc etc etc. I can understand that the "everyone-will-switch" idealists believe that dual-booting will take OS X to the benighted masses... but for those already enlightened? A virtual Windows box any day, thanks.
    Robinhood had this to say on Apr 07, 2006 Posts: 9
    Boot Camp: Apple's Insanely Good Idea?
  • The folks crying armageddon over the effect of dual-booting on developers are - I think - really missing the point. There isn't a giant, nebulous mass of developers "out there" who feel the "pressure" to develop for that 4% of market share because otherwise that 4% of market share can't use their wonderful software. Developers produce software for Mac because - now listen carefully - people want to run their software on Mac. That's Mac OS, not just a white box with an Apple logo running Windows. The big producers like Microsoft and Adobe already say they'll keep developing, and what about the smaller ones? There aren't really that many small developers, other than the open-source community, who develop actively for both Windows and Mac (or Windows and anything else): it tends to be either/or, and that won't change with the advent of dual booting Macs. It's honestly not much of a leap to take that pledge... I looked with interest at the announcement of Boot Camp, then more or less ignored it. I never shut down my current Macs, and I never plan to shut down Mac OS X on my Intel-based Macs. Dual-booting is for people stuck on less flexible hardware who need to go between Windows (for games) and *nix (for a decent OS). Virtualization, now *that's* a different ball-game. That allows some utility use of a near-native speed virtual Windows machine, without having to turn my Mac into another piece of Wintel crapware. What would I use virtualization for? Probably just to deal with an Access database for work. That's a perfect example of why the Intel Macs stand to make big gains, and why we can stop wailing about deserting developers: Access has NEVER been developed for Mac, and that's despite many years of existence with no dual-bootable Mac/Windows hardware. It's produced by a major software developer who makes plenty of other Mac software (indeed, Mac software better than its own Windows counterparts - Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, etc). You say developers won't port to Mac because now a Mac can dual-boot to Windows to run their software? Only the developers that never would have ported to Mac regardless. And guess what: all the developers that already develop BETTER software for Mac, or ONLY for Mac... well, don't expect them to switch to Windows. :-) Yes, it's all a lot of change, and more than a little chaotic, but as J.D. says in Heathers: "chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darlin'!" Tigers and leopards... those definitely aren't dinosaurs.
    Robinhood had this to say on Apr 07, 2006 Posts: 9
    Take the No Windows-Booting Pledge