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MacFor.Biz Goes Live

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The Eighties

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Gotityet?Yes,it'stheAppleMacintosh“1984”commercial.ThisisthecommercialthatintroducedtheworldtothefirstrealGUIoperatingsystem,nottomentiontheinspirationbehindmostotherGUI's(includingWindows).Thiscommercial,generallyconsideredoneofthetoptwoorthreeofalltime,changedthecomputingworldforever.ItwasthefirststakeinDOS'scoffin.TheMacintoshwashere.

Twoweeksago,SteveJobsrevivedthefamed1984commercialatMacWorld,thistime,usingdigitaleditingtechniques,showingtherunnerinthecommercialwearinganiPod.Afteritaired,theaudienceeruptedwithastandingovation.ItisknownthatSteveJob'sfamed“RDF”(RealityDistortionField)hassucceededincausingmassexcitementoverlittlethings,butthiswasclearlyashowappreciationforbothaspectacularcommercialandtheequallyimpressiveerathatwasusheredinbytheMacintosh.

Itisinterestingtonotethatasthe“EvilEmpire,”ofRedmond,Washington,promotestheTrustedComputing(a.k.a.Palladium)initiative,adangerousinitiativethatcouldeliminatechoiceinusingdifferentapplicationsandoperatingsystems,Applehaspubliclycomeoutagainstthatsystem.PerhapstheMacintoshwillreallyhelpavoid“1984.”

HappyBirthday,Mac.Let'shopeApplewillstillbeonthecuttingedgeontheMac's40thbirthday.

The Future is Open

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Nice Streams!

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You're Gonna Want One

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KVM Blues

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The Premier of...

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Actually,Idon'tneedthissystemanymorethanIneedtheShuttlesystemIgotforfree(oractuallyhalfprice,sinceIhadtobuycomponentsforit),butIendeduporderingitanywayinlateOctober.ItfinallyarrivedlastWednesday.It'sa2HzDualProcessorPowerMacG5.IttookalmostamonthsinceIcustomordereditwithaRadeon9800andBluetoothcapability.It'sveryfastandverynice.I'vebeentoobusytotryitasmuchasIwouldhaveliked,butIdidtakesometimeovertheholidaytosetitup.

ThethingthatreallyisgreataboutthisparticularG5isthatitcamefromTerraSoft,theAppleAuthorizedProprietarySolutionsProviderthatspecializedinGNU/Linux.ThusitcamewithnotonlyMacOSXPanther,italsocamewithapreliminarypreviewreleaseofTeresita'sYellowDogLinuxfortheG5.YellowDoglooksnice,although(asyou'dexpectwithabeta)I'mstillfightingwithittogivemeaproperresolutioninX11.OnceIgetsometimetodevotetoit,I'msureI'llgetitworking.Nextweek,perhaps.It'sexcitingsince,asLinusTorvaldsnotes,theG5offersanaffordableplatformfor64-bitGNU/Linux.

Atanyrate,TerraSoftdeservesalargeheapofpraise.TheygotitonFriday,November14freshfromApple.Theythendelayedshipment(withmypermission)becausetheyknewasubstantiallybetterversionofYDwouldbeoutverysoon.OnMonday,the24th,theythoughttheyalmosthaditandtheyinformedmetheywereupgradingmyshippingfrom3-dayUPSto2-dayUPSforfreesothatit'darrivebeforeThanksgiving.Abuginthenewcodedelayedthesystemandsoitwasn'tabletoshipuntilTuesday.However,TerraSoftstillmanagedtogetittomebyWednesdaybyeatingthecostfornextdayair(roughly$70extradollarsover3-dayshipping).Intheirrushtogetittome,theyaccidentallyforgottorepacktheSystemRestoredisc,sothisweektheysentittomeASAPusingNextDayAironceagain.Impressive!

NowIjustneedtofindtimetogiveitagoodtest.

iTunes/QuickTime DRM Scheme Disabled

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I'm off...

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NewEgg.com

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