43 posts • joined 17 Feb 2007
Good point, I should have added a 'IMO' there. DLY is a cracking read, agreed.
Freyr and Batalix?
I do. Aldiss' finest works, without a doubt.
I had 10 years fault-free service from my PowerMac G4. My Intel iMacs have likewise performed faultlessly.
Very impressive bit of kit.
I purchased the 21.5" quad-core i5 model and it goes like the proverbial off a shovel. The screen, as the reviewer noted, is a marvel. It's an excellent machine.
It's a 4Gb download. Unpleasant, yes, but you can install on it all machines which use the same AppleStore ID. Make a disk image on a DVD (or memory stick) for future use.
(and given that Apple rely on the honesty of its users with regards to OS installs - no licence code or serial number shenanigans here - you could probably install it on as many machines in your household as you care to)
I'm puzzled why your XTools d/l failed. You can break/resume Apple Store downloads ad infinitum.
OS X public beta
The beta was time-limited IIRC. Judicious resetting of your system clock may allow it to boot.
As somebody who reads a lot of books and spends a lot of time away from home, the Kindle was a no-brainer purchase for me. I love it.
Would I like an iPad? Of course of I would. But I wouldn't use it as an e-book reader.
LCD vs e-ink
LCDs are backlit. e-ink screens aren't (- they're reflective, like regular paper).
They really are much easier on the eyes.
Do any of these drives have a Firewire port? (I'm guessing you would have mentioned this in the review if so)
Monolingual - use with caution
Monolingual is a great way to save some disk space, but beware, it can completely break your Office suite. After using Monolingual, Word 2008 became extremely unstable for me (crashing every few minutes), and the Auto Update procedure ceased to work.
A Time Machine backup saved the day, at the cost of several hours productivity.
Curious minds want to know
How slightly are you hoping for? 3%? 5%? A little bit more slightly than that?
Leave the BBC alone
The only people interested in breaking up the BBC are those people in direct competition with it. Well, them and the swivel-eyed loons and fantasists of the rightwing blogosphere.
Incidentally, don't forget BBC Radio. Radio 4 alone is worth the licence fee IMO.
...is the serious documentary ghetto (and not just arts). It's arguably home to the finest programmes BBC television produces.
Leave it well alone, please.
The Murdochs. Dontcha just love 'em?
I think I'm not alone when I say I'd like to see a far, far smaller News Corp.
Talby would approve.
Apple and Open Source
Well there's WebKit, of course. Chances are your phone uses it.
Apple are re-entering the inkjet printer business with the introduction of the StyleWriter III.
("It's a really beautiful thing. We're really pleased with it. Look at that, two pages per minute in HQ mode, boom. Available July, $399")
Copy boo boo
"One programme already feeling the "plutonium pinch" is New Horizons, which recently announced three contenders for a 2018 mission to either the Moon, Venus or an asteroid"
You mean New Frontiers. New Horizons in the Pluto/Kuiper mission currently en route.
OS X retail IS the full version. Not an upgrade.
No, they aren't upgrades. If I put a new HD in my MacBook I can install a retail copy of OS X on it and boot from it. I've done this on more than one occasion.
The thing about the congestion charge...
...is that it works. Roll it out nationwide, do us all a favour.
Best thing Ken Livingstone ever did IMO.
"If I want to buy OS X and install it on my hardware, with the understanding that I get ZERO support from Apple, why shouldn't I be able to?"
Apple aren't stopping you doing this. Go ahead. They don't care.
What they DO care about (and what many posters here don't seem to get) is selling non-Apple hardware with OS X installed on it (or bundled with it). That's a big no-no.
In contrast to Stevie, my '99-vintage Sawtooth G4 is still giving sterling service, and has been trouble-free since the moment it was unboxed. A Mac that can boot both OS 9 and X 10.4 is a handy beast to have around.
As Jeff pointed out above, this was the plot device in Baxter's 'Titan' novel (an excellent read btw, far better than his later stuff). In the novel, a crew of 5 took around 6 years to reach Titan in a one-way trip in shuttle hardware, prior to descending onto the moon itself in Apollo CMs. As you might expect, bad things happen on the way.
(Read 'Voyage' for his alternate history manned Mars mission)
One reason to buy a DAB set
Good luck trying to listen to Test Match Special on R4LW.
No engineering or scientific applications available for Macs
Odd, could have sworn I was running Mathematica and VMD on mine yesterday.
A pedant writes
The plural of 'virus' is 'viruses'.
There are no such words as 'viri' and 'virii'
Nice bit of kit
I purchased one of these for my iMac. It's an excellent little device, and the DVR software works flawlessly. Thumbs up.
Of course Apple sells 'the full OS' in a retail box. Every shrink-wrapped OS release that I can recall from System 7 upwards could be installed on systemless bona fide Apple hardware.
I replaced the HD in my MacBook over the weekend, installing 10.5 from scratch from a Leopard retail DVD. No target disk mode, no slurping from a Time Machine, nothing.
Waste of Research Council money
Makes me glad I'm not submitting a grant application to the EPSRC this year.
Yep, my first Mac was a 2 Mb LC running System 6.0.7.
I remember paying for the VRAM upgrade so I could have 8 bit colour on a 13" screen.
I bought my first Mac back in 1991, and I've been using them ever since.
How many hardware problems have I had with them? Er, none.
Days lost due to dodgy software/OS upgrades? Zero.
Viruses and malware? Zilch.
As with everything in life, you get what you pay for.
Apple, reassuringly expensive since 1976.
Not being cynical here, just realistic.
£500k certainly is a lot of money, but it doesn't buy many postdoc lab years.
(I work at the bench in biomedical research myself and know very well how quickly grants get drained away, and how small a percentage actually goes to fund wet science and salaries).
In this day and age
Generous as it is, £500k doesn't fund a lot of biomedical research these days. It should be sufficient for 2 or 3 three-year postdoctoral posts, plus support for a few graduate students.
Not even remotely risky
Cassini will be at an altitude of 200km when sampling plume material (which, incidentally, is thought to consist of massively dispersed micron-sized particles). So to all intents and purposes it's still flying through vacuum, and not passing through a car-wash.
Older readers may recall that fat binaries first surfaced in Apple's 68K/PPC transition back in 1993 or so.
Apples and Oranges
I agree with Paul - if it doesn't run OS X it's of no use to me. Windows is an irrelevance as far as I'm concerned.
Lovely little device - have three on order for the lab here. Perfect as 2nd machines and mobile presentation/modelling/data-logging systems.
I fail to understand why people are getting so steamed about the lack of an RJ45 connector. What's the problem, worried about naughty wireless h4c|<z0rz?
C'est merde pour le MS
Nice one - there's no real need to run any MS software these days anyway.
(although I suspect that the decision was taken for financial reasons rather than technological ones, sadly)
DAB is good for one thing, at least.
Test Match Special, 'nuff said.
Considering the unadulterated tripe that exists on YouTube, is it too much to hope that the UK govt will be following Turkey's lead?
Who uses RJ45 connectors on laptops these days? Er, that's right, no-one.
Notice it doesn't have parallel ports or those splendid PS/2 DIN connectors either. Those fools at Apple, what were they thinking?
I've been playing WoW with the Leopard firewall enabled for the past week or so with absolutely no problems whatsoever.
But why let the facts get in the way of a good story?
A pedant writes:
Actually the causative agent of malaria is not an amoeba, but an Apicomplexan parasite of the genus Plasmodium.
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