12 posts • joined Thursday 24th May 2007 13:13 GMT
The solution to this...
is for it to work just like the current QuickTime media player does on the iPhone. Only playback what is actively loa tded by the user in a standalone app, rather than have it load on the webpage. That way, it is the user who gets to dictate how much battery life they want to be sucked up by Flash.
Given that is utterly impossible for anyone except MS to comply with OOXML in full due to all the BS "do this like MS Office 5.x, 6.x, etc." comments in the spec, no OOo won't be able to get that 'right' before MS does.
Scribus is also available for OS X
You don't need Linux per se.
NeoOffice/OpenOffice.org and the GIMP also run on OS X (either natively or in X11).
However, the free OSS VirtualBox virtualisation environment is a better choice than VMWare/Parallels if all you want to do is test out a Linux distro on OS X. If you find you need more capabilities, you can always purchase VMWare or Parallels at a later date.
Not sure if it is Leopard compatible, but Ragtime might be a possibility for replacing InDesign.
I also have no idea if it is any good or not.
Depending on how much capability you need, another alternative could be Swift Publisher from BeLight which takes a more iApp approach (again, I have no experience using it):
The battery is "user-replaceable"
All it requires is a size 0 philips screwdriver and a replacement battery and anyone can do it themselves. It's possible/probable that it would void the warranty (though, who knows for sure yet) and it will require third-parties to produce compatible replacements for you (e.g. OWC most likely will have something at some point), but taking the MBA apart and removing the battery is apparently a trivial exercise:
In other words, for the 90% of people who never (need to) remove the battery in their laptops for the first 2 to 4 years of their lives, it is a non-issue.
Internet will win out
Both BD and HD-DVD are dead in the water already. One physical format too many when the internet is already demonstrating that it is the preferred means of obtaining your high resolution films (either illegally or legally). It's just a shame that the studios have to shoot themselves in the foot in this respect by imposing the most ridiculous limitations on buying or renting legal content, the worst of which is that you have to live in the US.
In terms of backup, Flash drives and hard disks are superior to both already.
I don't know about the MacBooks, but the MacBook Pros and Powerbook's before them have GBit ethernet.
What about older Macs?
Am I tight in thinking that the speed you get from the Turbo.264 will almost be the same regardless of which Mac it is running from (it presumably only works at one speed so-to-speak)? Therefore, for someone on an older Mac, you should see similar times for encoding as you do on a newer model?
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