Archive for the 'Apple' Category

My shiny new laptop

January 17th, 2007

Shortly before Christmas my old Powerbook laptop started doing two distressing things. Firstly, it started getting really, really hot and was working really slowly. Secondly, and even more worryingly, the hard drive was making funny noises every time it got used.

So I very quickly stopped using it, which is the other excuse that I have for not posting very much lately. But this left me without a laptop, and my desktop Mac (a G4 iMac) just isn’t up to a lot of the applications I want to run. So a new computer was in order.

For funny reasons relating to tax policy (which I’ll discuss in another post soon), a laptop is a much better thing to buy than a desktop. So, after relatively little shopping around and a lot of work to fit it into the budget, last week I got myself my shiny new toy:

Macbook pro

It’s a MacBook Pro 17″. It’s a simply lovely computer. Really fast, runs windows right next to Mac applications. Lots of memory, and a huge pretty screen.

On the downside, that’s the last big gadget purchase I get to make for a while…


So very,very wrong

January 10th, 2007

Last night I very nearly posted a long rant about how it’s ‘Macworld’, and not ‘iPodworld’ or ‘iPhoneworld’.

Good thing I didn’t…

Apple only announced two big new products at the Macworld keynote, neither of which are computer hardware: the Apple TV and the iPhone. The phone looks very, very nice, but there’s no word about when it will be out in Australia yet.

Oh, and Apple changed its name to ‘Apple’ rather than ‘Apple Computer’.

Oh well, at least I can buy a shiny new toy a little more quickly…


A blast from Apple’s past

October 17th, 2006

Via Peeve Farm is this video from the 1997 MacWorld, with Steve Jobs announcing the deal with Microsoft.

It’s fascinating watching Steve – he’s so clearly hating what he has to announce, but he has to as it’s the only way to save the company. When the introduction of Internet Explorer as the default browser is announced the reaction from the crowd is almost savage. And how often does ‘non-voting shares’ turn out to be a big applause line?

(Of course, the reaction to Bill Gates makes anything for Steve look kind).

Really interesting to compare this to the Intel announcement, which was (in some ways) as big a cultural shift, but it didn’t cause anything like as much reaction.


The WWDC is coming

August 1st, 2006

The Apple World Wide Developer Conference is on next week (7-11 August), and starts with Steve Jobs doing his annual sermon to the faithful. Traditionally he’ll be announcing some shiny new products. This is then the appropriate time for wild speculation about what will get announced. Here are some guesses and thoughts for myself [Updated to add the results]:

  • No iPhone. At least, not yet. Why announce this to a bunch of developers? They’re not the key market, and they probably all have Treos anyway. If this is going to happen, it’ll be at a special press event or MacWorld. [Correct]
  • Similarly, no new iPod. Just not the right audience, and not the same opportunity to build up a ‘buzz’. [Correct]
  • New Macs, without a doubt. I will be astonished if they don’t announce the new Mac Pros, it’s such a clear gap in the product line up. Plus this is a big chunk of the main target market. [Correct]
  • Probably a bump to the specs for the MacBook Pros. The gap between the Pro and consumer laptops is a little small, so I guess something will happen here. [Nope]
  • A bunch of OS X stuff, obviously, but I’m not across the details of the rumors here. No virtualisation, no new finder, but some new feature no one even realised we’d need (a la Dashboard) would be my guess. [Yep, I’d count Time Machine as meeting that]
  • Finally, in the ‘no one else is saying anything’: Apple may finally get around to the tablet PC that they’ve clearly been doing R&D on. Why now? Because they’ll need developers to work on new apps for it, to take advantage of pen based interfaces. This is a very right field prediction, but I really hope its true. My pre-order will be in by the end of the day if it is! [Sadly, nope]

I’ll get back to you with how accurate I am after the keynote on the 7th (8th August Australia time).


Open source iPod firmware

May 3rd, 2006

Hmmm. Not sure if I’m quite will to run the rockbox open source jukebox firmware on my iPod. Maybe my old iPod. It does look very neat…

Update: I’m closing the comments on this post because it’s become a spam magnet.