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Own A 1990 Supercomputer

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Part of Apple’s announcements yesterday included a huge power boost to the The Mac Pro. An article at FastCompany.com made an interesting point about the upgrade.

The new specs on this box are far beyond anything we’ve seen in a Mac.  Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors come standard, but as FastCompany points out, if you go for the dual-6-core Intel Xeon CPU option, that gives the Pro 12 cores of processing power, and “this is more or less equivalent to low-end supercomputer power of couple of decades or ago.”

If you are loaded with cash, you can also enjoy up to four 512 GB solid-state drives inside, which is almost like have 2 terabytes of RAM.  Take the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5780 options for graphics in account and you have serious power for video and other whatnot.

And the biggest upside?  Having a supercomputer doesn’t cost millions anymore.

Steve Jobs Knew

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

As the hype surrounding the iPhone 4 antenna issue grew to outside the Apple campus, I’m guessing that Steve Jobs only had to think for about 12 seconds on how to turn this into a marketing opportunity.  Sure, they waited a while to execute, but this was not going to end with a recall. Ever.

Think about it: now, instead of just getting an iPhone 4, you also get a free case… IF you order before September 30th.  If 80% of iPhone users are going to get a case, this is saving them anywhere from 20-30 dollars!

Steve Jobs knew…

…the number of complaints about the phone were relatively small (only .55% of users have called Apple about reception issues).

…the iPhone 3Gs has the same issue, as does a few devices by other manufacturers on the market  (This excellent review of the iPhone 4 at TechCrunch compares the signal loss in both devices).

…a free case with a date limitation will probably increase sales during that period.

…most people just want the damn phone, and don’t really care much about the issue because they’ve asked their friends who already have one, and they all say it isn’t much of a problem.

Steve Jobs knew that this was mostly a result of media hype, and that he was going to have the last word.

He was right on all counts.

Google Chrome – Day 1 – Trial Run is Over

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I thought I would give Google Chrome a trial run on my MacBook Pro for a week after hearing how speedy it was, but I’ve had a change of plans.

The trial is over in only one day; I’m hooked.

It renders pages significantly faster than my copy of Firefox, and seems just a little bit snappier than Safari. Though I’ve probably slowed Firefox down with addons, I’m hoping that Chrome is the browser that stays fast, even with multiple extensions installed.

The Evernote and 1Password extensions are working perfectly, and I highly recommend both.  (By the way, if you aren’t using Evernote or 1Password, they are both worth looking into.)

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