126 posts • joined Thursday 4th October 2007 13:40 GMT
Re: Mac Mini - what's its main purpose?
Enterprise class server? No.
However, if your storage needs (scalability/robustness) are greater, then pair it with an external Drobo and it's lovely.
And in that config (4TB or so capacity in mine, hot-expandable to 8TB), it makes a fantastic media centre server, either directly or as a backend to AppleTV (we have 2 AppleTVs plus a bunch of Airport Expresses).
Re: And have you tried turning it off and on again?
Still, the outage may not have been small, but it was FAR AWAY (from Reg Towers)
Yeah, the one with the bookshop business card (scribbled on the back of a torn beermat) in the top pocket.
Not really thinking, are they?
If the kids were smart, they'd use Google+'s much more granular access controls, allowing them to have all kinds of groups of contacts separated, so it's easy to share the party on Friday with your mates, but not your parents. Or the other kids you don't want to invite...
Supply Chain Constraints
The other reason is that for a number of key components, Apple pretty much bought up a huge chunk of the production capacity. For everyone else therefore, the supply is extremely limited, and they're having to pay premium to get any at all.
Apple also have a pretty darned slick supply chain operation overall.
Both of these means that they have a lower cost base that the competitors just cannot get near, so Apple can make much better margin and *still* offer competitive (or lower) prices.
Point of information: since iOS5, iPad has connected wirelessly to iTunes & iCloud for content updates, and for s/w updates.
Wonder how many of your other assumptions are unresearched, Android fanboi rumourmill, bullshit FUD too..?
Near Zero Margin on Teardown
Near Zero Margin based on a parts inventory translates to a bloody huge loss on a fully manufactured and distributed device.
It's been handled by US companies a *lot* longer than that.
CACI for example (who produce the *highly useful* ACORN geodemographic database. Which significantly reduces the amount of junk mail you get for stuff you're never, ever going to be interested in)
 Data analysed and available based on classifying postcodes - individuals aren't identifiable.
If the Euro were a unitary state, it would be exactly the same.
However, it seems that the Eurozone has the tough bits of being a unitary state (ie you can't leave, and you can't treat different parts differently) but doesn't have the benefits that go along with it (ie you can't cross-subsidise areas that suffer from a single interest rate)
(and for history fans: the UK govt/BoE has been setting interest rates to suit the SE of England regardless of the effect elsewhere for decades. It's one of the economic drivers for Scottish independence)
All one economy?
"while 0.5% is the right/wrong rate in different parts of the UK its all still the same economy"
Umm no. So very much no.
The SE of England is nearly always at a different point of the cycle to Scotland, so when the MPC (and previously the Chancellor) set rates to cool 'the overheating economy' it was only thinking of the SE of England economy. Usually at that point, the Scottish economy is only just emerging from the freezer, with disastrous results.
If colour's not important then the kindle is fine - it copes with 16 level greyscale just fine. If you don't have any ambient light then reading paper manuals will also be a problem, no?
And the charging period is hugely long compared to iPad.
As the population starts seeing the goodness of having on-demand access to *many* TV episodes and movies (by which I mean their entire DVD collection plus video bought online - in our case, 300 movies & 1000 TV episodes), they'll start filling up their existing drives.
Once you've migrated your 500+GB iTunes media library from one drive to another more than once, you start not wanting to do that again. At that point, an infinitely expandable option starts to look very, very attractive.
Combine that with the gibbering night sweats that come from realising how much effort it'll take to re-rip all your media, or pay to replace from online stores, and drive redundancy becomes a must have.
Device full, but you have spare bays? Slam in another drive. All done.
Device full, but no spare bays? Pull the smallest capacity drive & replace with a larger one. All done.
Drive died? Pull it & replace with working one. All done.
No downtime required, no complex rebuilding of arrays, any mix and match of SATA drives will do the trick.
It's about as close as you can get to a consumer suitable appliance for high volume, safe, data storage.
'a mix of an older form of English'
Nope. English and Scots derived from a common ancestor. Scots was also influenced by Norse (but so was English in the North East) and French - in fact all the continental trading partners we used because the road south was blocked.
iOS Apps on OSX?
If there's a walled garden/sandbox, will that enable iOS apps to run on desktop/laptop Macs?
If not, will there be a guide to enable iOS App Devs to port their Apps to run on OSX & be sold via the OSX App Store? The iWork apps show the way forward here.
You think that's a scam: do you not remember Dial-a-Disc?
Dial 16 and listen to a song (of the GPO's choosing) once at quite frighteningly low fidelity. At what was compared to today, ruinously expensive rates
Cable & Satellite?
Hmm so show me it recording Sky & Virgin media then.
Oh that's right, you can't because of the DRM. Same as for EyeTV then: you can record everything free to air (Freeview/Freesat) and that's it.
Funny, but I've had that for 3 years now (and wasn't that new then either)
"Us in charge! Us in charge!"
Funny, but no matter where you go, every profession thinks they should be running the show. I've seen it from product developers, designers, marketeers, accountants as well as PMs and developers.
Thing is, many *good* (and yes, there are many *not* good ones) PMs and architects have been in the development trenches, so don't come the "we developers always know best" malarkey. Does experience not count these days (ah yes, that's right, it never does to the young). When you're in a trench, you tend to have a restricted view... come back and argue when you've done something *else*. (Applies also to marketeers, accountants etc).
The other pattern I see again and again is that revolutions defined on what they're *against* are rarely as successful as those defined on what they're *for*. Very, very few agilistas are able to articulate the problem they're trying to solve, beyond "Waterfall: BOOOOO!" and if they are, are rarely able to articulate how they're planning to solve it. Principles are great, and "be supportive of your team" behavioural ones don't really require the evangelism and "Two Legs: Bad. Four Legs: Good" rhetoric.
Drive Extension essential
So if I understand this right - what they've dropped is the ability to easily expand your server's storage.
Sounds to me like an absolute must have for a consumer server - you're going to fill your drive and you're generally not going to plan that far ahead to buy something huge. You hit a wall and go "Ah. Now what?" Score double for a media server.
You really do need the ability to simply be able to slam in a new SATA drive which expands the current storage of a single logical volume. Oh, and have RAID-like goodness of drive redundancy so one of your array can go phut without losing it all.
Yes, thanks, the one with a Drobo in the capacious and ever growing pocket.
I would expect that full colour e-ink using RGB (or even CMY) filters will look like guff - the blacks would suffer from the same problem as standard print: you need a true black as the combination of the other 3 just won't do; you'll get a muddy brown light being reflected back.
And a true black won't occupy the same space as the other colour px without layering - which has the update & low contrast problems as FLEPia.
The thing that would most easily dramatically increase the experience wouldn't be full colour, but a single additional colour.
Depending on your choice of the secondary colour, you could use it for duotones, or for highlights.
Just as with dead tree publication, you really do not need full colour printing for every publication. Or even the majority of them. One colour printing covers 75% of the needs. Two colour printing would cover 75% of the remainder.
Yes, the print industry got this a long time ago.
Yes, flipping is very much an advantage for dead trees (particularly for dip in/reference books that aren't driven by obvious keyword search).
But every page you add increases the cost & fragility dramatically. Until the displays are as tough as paper (ie you can damage a part of it, get it wet etc and still not destroy the entire experience) and very, very cheap, we're not getting flippable ebooks.
Zombies don't run
As clearly laid out by Mr S Pegg
Besides, the 28d/wk ones were not zombies but infected; unwell rather than undead.
Riiiiiight, so 'people you know' is the entire Java dec community. Must be a smaller community than I'd thought.
All the Java developers *I* know (I have 30 of them working for me, plus can see another 30 from where I sit) run RAD/RSA mostly on Windows. A few run it on a Windows VDI on OSX and a few run it directly on OSX.
Can't see any Linux users from here, which is a shame.
iPhone Catchup: FAIL
So the summary is basically saying: in a couple of years, this will be where Apple were ~3 years ago?
Yeah, thanks, the one with the better phone in the pocket. Which one you say? Oh, they *all* have iPhones?
If you'd take a moment to look at the Apple eStore (iStore?), you'll see that the price for the entry MB Air is £849, same as the entry MacBook.
And what's wrong with "another way to sell more stuff" - isn't that what Apple are in business to do?
Finally, are you expecting what they showed last night to be everything that's in Lion? I'd very much doubt it - this was a preview of some of the press-grabbing features. Which is what Steve said.
Mass mail? FAIL
Any half-arsed marketing firm should be able to send 900-odd individual, personalised emails in under 10 minutes, rather than blasting a single mail off to 900-odd cc/bcc recipients.
Ah, but this is PR, isn't it? So sorry.
Cause/Effect entirely wrong
Jobs are going both in the UK and overseas. This suggests that there's an overall downscaling, not a shift of jobs offshore.
Without knowledge of current totals of each and therefore assessment of %age of each workforce cut, it's impossible to say whether there's also a rebalancing between the two.
When hiring journos, does elReg not employ some assessment of their logical thinking capabilities (what am I *thinking* - they're journos).
It's better via AppleTV because:
1) AppleTV interface is better then FrontRow
2) Being able to access the Mac interface separately means you can also hook up an EyeTV for TV recording and Handbrake for DVD ripping, without interrupting the TV connection/viewing.
3) When you have multiple ATVs connecting to a single iTunes instance/db you have some very nice optimisation
$75k != £50k
Despite what the exchange rate may suggest, $75k has a lot more buying power than the simply converted amount of Sterling (which is £48k btw).
The purchasing power exchange rate is much closer to 1:1, and in a country with lots and lots of land (Manhattan Island excepted), a very much smaller proportion of that top whack goes into housing costs than it does here.
If you want to do comparisons, talk about *disposable* income...
Sure, it's doable.
But a lot less useful than being able to buy on the device, and have it sync back to iTunes as *well* as being able to buy on iTunes.
Buy on AppleTV = much more immediate watching. Useful when you have 3 noisy wains demanding it.
As mentioned, this is a downgrade overall from the current experience. Fine if you're adding a lower model to the range, but not if you're phasing out the larger one too.
Yes, mostly we stream from iTunes. But then, my iTunes-dedicated mac mini (with external Drobo) is on the same wired network as one AppleTV, and the other has the vast majority of the kids' movies on its local storage.
And I have an 801.11n wireless network to stream it over.
By far the better 'upgrade' for the new AppleTV would have been the ability to add an external disk directly. A Terabyte would do for most people for a while - that's the standard for DVRs these days.
iPlayer. And LoveFilm. And SeeSaw (which is bluddy lovely).
Two of these are already built into the latest Samsung TVs - network capability is about ooh, the price of an AppleTV.
Having it all via a unified interface would have been lovely.
Such a missed opportunity.
You can already rent movies from Apple in the UK, from the AppleTV.
The old AppleTV also *already* has Ethernet, WiFi & HDMI. But it also has component video and audio (including optical) outs.
The new AppleTV is more like an AppleTV Nano - smaller form factor, smaller capacity, less functionality - particularly in the UK where you won't be able to rent streamed movies.
Luckily, the new AppleTV won't kill the ability to buy TV/movies from the old one.
Not that streaming movies will really work for most people - the machine must have a little local storage (4GB Flash is my bet) for caching to enable smooth playback, but unless you're on a superfast connection, you'll be waiting a loooooong time to be able to play that HD movie.
For new AppleTV owners (I have 2 of the old ones), sorry guys, sucks to be you. Are you going to pay £/$1.99 every time your kids want to watch IceAge3 again. And again. And again?
Seriously Steve - did you *really* talk to AppleTV owners before launching this thing?
At least the return of the iPod Shuffle to a sane form factor shows some degree of willingness to step back from mistakes.
When you renew a passport, you need to supply a new photo, which must be taken in the last month
Keynote: Much, much better than PowerPoint
Pages: Fine for most purposes except the highest end (LaTEX territory anyway)
Numbers: Is quite *different* to Excel - uses multiple sheets very differently
And of course
OmniGraffle for the Visio-demanding
Bento for those who like toy databases like Access (here's a nickel sonny... I wish Apple would stick their UI smarts on the front of MySQL)
A distro that uses XFCE, like... Xubuntu perhaps?
Battery life of electric vehicles
Maybe you're on about fully electric vehicles, rather than hybrids, but my 1st Prius was going strong after 4 years on the original battery when I swapped for a new one. That's now been going 2 years without a single problem beyond the brakes squeaking a bit at 30MPH.
Yes, the embodied energy of the battery is high, but lasts longer than the doomsayers would say (those same ones that claim that all Toyotas are crap based on a few news reports rather than the JD Power Cust Sat surveys).
Yeah, the one with a copy of "Industry Special Interests and the Media" in the pocket, ta.
More Things HMG could do
Steal lessons from de.gov:
1) Mandate a building regs escalator that in 5 years requires PassivHaus standards for all new builds (and over time regulates improving heat efficiency of rental properties - we did it for electrical standards before)
2) Mandate that Elec Cos provide a feed-in tariff. This should start off significantly *above* the consumption tariff, and reduce over time, so that early adopters benefit. This alone is responsible for kickstarting the German microgeneration engineering industry to be a world leader.
Mind you, the other thing we could do is start a war so we can go back to WWII levels of self-sufficiency. What, we did already? Two, you say?
X is counterinuitively more green than Y, honest.
I've given up believing these kinds of reports.
The last time I looked into one in detail, it was claiming that disposable nappies were less energy intensive across their lifecycle than cloth. But in the detail, you discovered that they were comparing cloth nappies being boil washed and ironed(!) every time and only ever used for a single baby. Utter tosh.
If the stores cared at all, they wouldn't be using magstripes; they'd be using Chip & PIN. Yes, I know C&P's not perfect, but magstripes just scare me.
The one with all credit cards on a string so they don't ever go out of sight, ta.
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