17 posts • joined 24 Jan 2009
Remember when the first ever one came out ( 1000 songs in your pocket! ). It got a pretty rough reception in some quarters. Nice design they said but how much! No one's going to pay that for an MP3 player.
Apple, they said, should stick to making computers and stop trying to be a consumer electronics company.
Wonder how that worked out....
Still have my 1st Gen Model (with actual mechanical moving scroll wheel!)
Jumpers for goalposts and so on.....
Got to give them their due. Still up there with the big boys. Only about a month behind a major player like Jolla.
It Will Not Die
HP still sells the vintage HP 12C Financial Calculator after 30 odd years. You will have to pry it out of the cold dead fingers of a couple of accountants I know.
Clippy...never heard of him
Us mactards never saw the dreaded clip if I remember unless you actively sought him out. On Office for Mac the default assistant was a little Mac Plus with single button mice for feet which you proceeded to turn off after about ten seconds.
Hyper-V Local GUI
If you want a simple GUI for Hyper-V Server 2012 Standalone then give Corefig a try, pretty basic but it gets the job done for most of the important settings. Works pretty well in my test setup. It's available from Codeplex.
Make your Own
As far as the Fusion Drive is concerned. All the tools for rolling your own are built into the file systems in Lion and Mountain Lion. I built one for my Mac Pro ( which is only SATA 2 ) with a 256GB SSD and a 2TB WD Black. Very nice increase in performance and drops you straight into login after about 10-15 secs.
Time Machine Caveats
I agree with the above about relying on Time Machine for anything more than simple file based backups for the home user. As Trevor mentioned use Carbon Copy Cloner for more sophisticated and robust imaging/copying. Fantastic piece of software by Mike Bombich, lost count of the number of machines I have imaged/backed up ( and indeed restored ) using it. Never had the slightest problem with it.
For PDFs, I have used Foxit Reader for years, much faster than Adobe's bloatware. There is even a version for the penguin fans.
Re: iPhone mention on post number 6
Inevitable Crap Car Analogy
Like some of the above posters, I have been drinking the Kool Aid for a long time now ( since the Mac Plus ) so my judgement is undoubtedly skewed but all I can say is they just work for me. It used to be said by some that Macs were like the BMWs or Mercs of the computer world ( with the prices to match!) but now especially since the switch to Intel I would say they are more like Volkswagens now, a bit more mass market. Yes, they still tend to be more expensive (in some cases a lot!) but they are understated, well designed, reliable, build quality tends to be high, they hold their value very well over time and they "just work".
As for PCs I could buy something that is "like a Golf" as the current VW ads go but personally I just would like a Golf. As always YMMV.
Me as well...
I seem to remember that at one point it seemed as if you couldn't go into an ad agency or pr firm reception in Central London without seeing one sitting on the receptionists desk. ( not always switched on if I recall)
Have to agree that the Cube was Apple's last bonkers product. Possibly the best looking computer they ever made but the price was eyewatering even for us zombie fanbois. Didn't stop me getting about 5 of them over the years all refurb or secondhand. Taken most of them apart several dozen times and upgraded/rebuilt them. Gave one to Mum and Dad who now wonder why all other computers don't look like their one. My one remaining cube with dual 1.6 GHz 7448 cpus, 500GB HD and 23" Cinema Display is quite possibly my favourite ever computer and still a bloody good machine.
Come on Apple, less of the cool evolutionary products, let's have another WTF product in the vein of the Cube (and indeed the 20th Anniversary Mac)
Across the border, in the "real" north, large white pudding supper from the chip shop, washed down of course with ice cold irn-bru.
This comment was predictable
Research, Pah! They should have this up and running just in time for Crysis 2.
For working the Shoe Event Horizon into the discussion.
There is no love between us anymore.
MIne's the one with one of a million Designers Republic logos on it.
iphones got talent
Campaign starts here:- Jared to win Britain's Got Talent. The hours of mindless fun I had in OS 9. Welcome Back!!
Have to agree about the SE/30. One of the best ever. It takes for the time, an amazing 128MB of RAM. Stick in a bigger SCSI drive, network card, got your own (fairly) portable server.
Mine's the one with 30 pin simms in the pocket.
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