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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Surprise! G5 Not Faster

When I was wandering around the Mall of America the other day, I walked by the Apple store they have and saw that they were showing a broadcast of the debut of the Mac G5. I rolled my eyes (carefully, lest someone decide to do something cruel to me with an iPod) when the presenter (whom I assume was Steve Jobs, but I couldn't tell for sure) started mentioning speed benefits over comparable Intel setups. This site shows that my eye rolling was well-founded. Not only aren't the G5s faster, they are more expensive. Surprise, suprise.

I really have no idea why Jobs and co. insist on going back to the speed issue time and time again. PowerPC chips have not been able to compete with the fastest offerings from Intel or AMD. The hardware will cost more than a PC. There are advantages that they could really emphasize: ease of use, the solid BSD foundations of OSX, etc., but they keep trying to fight a battle they can't win. Oh well.

Ren and Stimpy Tonight!

Everybody's favorite cat and asthma-hound Chihuahua come back to T.V. tonight at 9:00 Central on the new TNN! That's right! It's Ren and Stimpy time! Check out their page on TNN's site. I can hardly contain myself!

UPDATE! OK, I'm an idiot. It's actually tomorrow night. You lose track of what day it is when you are on vacation.

Pondering the Imponderable

I forgot to mention this the other day. As we were driving to the Twin Cities, we stopped at this gas station in Nowhere, Wisconsin. As I purchased some weak coffee, I noticed that on their magazine rack, along with the magazines you might expect to find, was a copy of Linux Journal. I almost bought it on general principle. Maybe the revolution is moving at greater speed than I anticipated!

J.t.Qbe comments: Back when I lived in Nowhere, Minnesota, I once stopped at its sister city Nowhere, Wisconsin on the way to your house. I'm surprised that they know what computers are there.

Mozilla 1.4 RC3 Released

The Mozilla team has issued yet another release candidate for Mozilla 1.4. You can download builds for various platforms and read the release notes. I expect that Mozilla 1.4 final will follow relatively soon.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Torvalds on Linux, SCO

eWeek posted an interview with Linus Torvalds about Linux in general as well as the SCO stupidity. Read the article and you will see why my hero in the open source/free software word is not Eric Raymond, it's definitely not Richard Stallman, it's Linus Torvalds. Thanks Linux Today.

BTW, I am now officially putting a moratorium on SCO articles until IBM has finished grinding them into little pieces. I'm just sick of hearing about it.

Pondering the Imponderable

Since we were in the Twin Cities for over 12 hours, we were required by state law to go to the Mall of America. Actually, my boys just like going to Lego Land, and who can blame them. We came away with some Star Wars stuff, including some legos and a couple of figures (I finally found my hero, Kit Fisto).

Being forced to use AOL dialup has proven to be a benefit for me. My wife commented that she wouldn't be able to stand how slow it is. Looks like I've just justified broadband forever. Of course, she really wasn't complaining about it before, thankfully.

I haven't gotten very far in my Twin Cities beer adventure, but I'm going to be working on that. I'm hoping to hit a few good brewpubs or microbreweries before my return. Right now, my inlaws have Pilsner Urquell in bottles. Amazingly, it is in excellent condition--very fresh!


That was a slow news weekend. Thank goodness, since we were all busy :-)

Well, my 31st birthday managed to slip past without any abuse. Heh :-) However, I did catch flack for one thing. I am now a Harry Potter fan. Fear. Dunno what happened. First time I watched the movie, I was entertained, but that was all. Then I caught it again on satellite and now I'm hooked. I actually talked Eeyore into taking me to the bookstore on Saturday morning, at 8 am, so I could get the new book. That is sick and wrong. But the books are very good, so there :-)

I obviously need some new shooters to occupy me. I must be going mad.

A.T. Hun comments: "Going" mad? Heh. Hehehe. Bwahaha! Of course, my wife had pre-ordered the book from Satan^H^H^H^H^ and got it right before we left on vacation. I can honestly say that I have not read a single word of any of the Potter books. I've watched a few minutes of the first two films on DVD, but that's it. I like the fact that ex-Python John Cleese has a bit part in the series, but that's about all I can say for it.

The Master comments: I'd retort, but I guess I can never escape the truth :-) I also didn't realize Cleese was in there (Nearly-headless Nick), but I'm not as attached to Python as A.T. is. Had to check that one on imdb.

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