* Posts by Bob Holtzmann

9 posts • joined 17 Oct 2008

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

Bob Holtzmann


A dignified German word for window. And to lighten things up (with a nod to Ballmer), use as an ad character the Addams Family's Uncle Fester.

Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

Bob Holtzmann

Re: Not surprising

He may have to forfeit his turn, though, if he didn't call the grey ball striking and getting engulfed by the blue ball.

Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

Bob Holtzmann

Not even a stable desert environment

If it is Tatooine, it would not be a stable desert supporting Jawas, Sand People, and the city of Mos Eisley, that wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Critics aim to sink Titanic ice cubes

Bob Holtzmann


i.e. .... Hindenberg - shaped charcoal briquettes?

Apple sexes up Time Capsule

Bob Holtzmann
Dead Vulture

Time Capsule needs a big cool down

My 10 month old Time Capsule has been worrying me greatly, after walking through the Dead Time Capsule Cemetery ( http://www.timecapsuledead.org/ ).

I don't have Apple Care for my computer -- if I did, all I have to do is wait for it to die, and Apple will replace it. Instead, I am now keeping it raised on 1" wooden blocks on the corners. And to better cool it, I pulled off the rubber base -- whereupon I got some thermal burns on the ends of my fingers from the metal base plate. Now I am considering the next step -- cutting a hole in the base and putting in a fan.

Apple delays 17in MacBook Pro

Bob Holtzmann

Shipping Date

My Apple account lists the shipping date for my order at the 19th of February - two weeks back from the 6th of February previous shipping date. My MBP order has the faster hard drive, nothing else custom.

There was a delay in the 17" unibody before. This has the new built-in battery with the 8 hour use span (it's probably more like 6 hours). I can only speculate that the delay is in the innovative feature of this model, namely the battery. Maybe it's so that no one can start a class action lawsuit over the battery life spanning 6 hours instead of 8.

Yes! It's the cardboard PC!

Bob Holtzmann

Cardboard Fibers

There are problems enough for the fan motor collecting dust and inhibiting the movement of cool air. But dust + cardboard fibers clogging the fan motor?

It appears that the cardboard case has corrugations to allow vertical movement of cooling air, but the securing straps appear to get in the way of that. Also, the cooling fan pulls the air to the bottom of the unit, near the power supply. Which is where all of that cardboard dust will collect. And overheat the computer.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Bob Holtzmann

Matte Screen optional?

On the Apple Store webpage, under the purchase options for the MacBook Pro 17", there is a matte screen option. I have not gone the extra step of actually ordering it, because I just learned from this article that a newer 17" MBP might be coming out in a couple of months.

Hubble's 486 back-up springs into life

Bob Holtzmann

For space, a 486 is better...

NASA regularly uses old computer equipment for its satellites and probes. This is because the circuitry has much more bulk, and is more capable of withstanding the bombardment of xrays and gamma rays, not to mention high speed micrometeors.


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