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I honestly hope it's focused on performance optimization and battery life...
- 2012-08-29T08:53:18+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-29T08:53:18+0000
I honestly hope it's focused on performance optimization and battery life because both had suffered in my transition from Snow Leopard.

Apple Seeds First Developer Build of OS X 10.8.2

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Windows 7 definitely seems to be a great product. I've been trying to fin...
- 2012-08-27T09:15:23+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-27T09:15:23+0000
Windows 7 definitely seems to be a great product. I've been trying to find its flaws and the only things I could come up with is that it's legacy-ridden, at least the 32-bit part of it, and it doesn't have a unix shell. The rest seems to be just perfect, I love it. All my apps run smoothly and without a glitch, and the speed seems to be on par with Linux on the same hardware, at least when running 64-bit apps. The ridiculous part is that Open Arena runs much smoother on Windows than on Linux, and unlike Linux it doesn't overheat my nvidia graphics card.

6 Microsoft Products That Have Finally Been Perfected [Opinion]

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This is very true. I use all three and guess what, I run the same basic apps ...
- 2012-08-27T08:41:30+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-27T08:46:11+0000
This is very true. I use all three and guess what, I run the same basic apps in all of them. Chrome, Thunderbird, Netbeans, Skype, VLC player, Picasa and Gimp. However it's not all rosy, since the Linux community did their best to screw up the GUI, which, to be honest, never was bug free to begin with, but is a bloody mess now. And I'm talking about Unity, which is a total fail, Cinnamon, which is terribly buggy, Mate, which is not cleanly forked from Gnome and therefore conflicts with it when both are installed, and Gnome 3, which wants to be Unity when it grows up. I won't even touch KDE. Things are so bad I actually felt huge relief when I installed Win7 and found out that the GUI and widgets don't fall apart or fail to redraw every now and then. Xfce is rather simplistic but that's what I chose for the linux I run in a virtual machine. So now I have a Mac laptop, Windows desktop and a virtual linux on both, in case I need some tools that run well only on Linux (or, in case of Windows, to get the unix shell, since cygwin is a steaming pile).
So to correct the article, it almost didn't matter which OS you used when Ubuntu was in its Lucid version, or even before, in Jaunty. It ran really well and for the most part it just worked. But now, I don't think so. It's no longer good enough to build a fully functional desktop system on. It was, but they broke it so badly it no longer is. And they are not the only ones - Microsoft seems intent to break Windows, and Apple seems to  go downhill from Snow Leopard. My laptop was not improved by installing Mountain Lion, to put it mildly. I lost battery life, the machine feels slower and usability is degraded by the new gestures that don't feel natural, and their execution is more prone to glitches and failures. So yeah, they are all going crazy but Linux seems to be the worst of them all, they messed it up so badly I had to install Lucid on my linux box just to get a working system, but then I had to deal with obsolete software versions so I threw the towel and installed Win7, which seems to be fast and stable, it boots some 15s longer than linux but I don't care since I use mostly suspend, and once it's up, it stays up, rock solid and reliable. So yeah, good job penguins. Not.

Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesnt Matter Anymore [Opinion]

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- 2012-08-27T12:31:47+0000
+Danijel Turina i just installed rosa lxde and was impressed by its polish. If you like gnome 2 they have a gnome 2 version supported for the next 5 years.
- 2012-08-27T13:54:56+0000
I installed a dozen distros in the last month and I must admit I had my fill. Right now I have dual boot with win7 as main and Lucid as backup, and I have two vi

I find the talk about the death of PC disturbing. Adding other gadgets, yes. ...
- 2012-08-27T11:45:19+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-27T11:45:19+0000
I find the talk about the death of PC disturbing. Adding other gadgets, yes. Replacing PC altogether, no way. When I even think about doing my work on some keyboardless gadget with a 10" screen I get the chills. I tend to wear down keyboards a milimeter into the plastic from all the writing that I do. Also, I prefer serious monitor real estate, and seriously huge and fast storage. So yes, smartphones are good and tablets are good but take PC from my dead cold hands only.

"Death Of The PC" Greatly Exaggerated

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So it really is an issue; I noticed the battery runs out much sooner after I ...
- 2012-08-25T20:18:33+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-25T20:18:33+0000
So it really is an issue; I noticed the battery runs out much sooner after I "upgraded" from snow leopard, but I thought it's because I've been pressing the machine hard with max brightness. This is annoying. I had nothing but trouble with mountain lion, I wish I never left snow leopard. Too late now, as I moved most apps to the new OS, but if Microsoft did something like that I'm sure there would be a "buy a mac" ad or two. But nooo, mac "just works". Not.

Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.1) Update Improves Battery Life; But Still Not Back to Lion (OS X 10.7.4) LevelsMountain Lion (OS X 10.8.1) Update Improves Battery Life

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I've been going through similar thought processes recently, as I need to ...
- 2012-08-25T10:51:02+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-25T17:59:03+0000
I've been going through similar thought processes recently, as I need to decide how to upgrade my desktop system and I have enough time for such ruminations until Apple releases the new 2012 iMac.
The first layer is prejudice. "Mac is good for graphics", yes, it was especially good for graphics in the times of Mac II vs. PS/2, but those times are long gone. Nowadays even linux desktop allows system-wide monitor callibration, and windows and linux can be very precisely configured for display DPI, unlike OS X. Software-wise, linux kinda sucks because it can't run Adobe. Yeah, it's really Adobe's problem but linux gets the short end of the stick there. With a generic PC machine I can get a MBO with lots of memory slots and stuff up to 128 GB of RAM into it, which, if I had a reason to do it, could be an advantage for graphics and video. 
Yeah, Windows runs games, my kids would be thrilled but I don't really have time for that, so it's irrelevant. What I do need is a good monitor, good input devices, lots of storage and RAM, and great cooling. My room gets hot in summer and hard drives tend to die. I lost one HDD and one graphics card here, so yeah, I kinda take temperature issues seriously because if I lose a 2TB drive full of useful data, that would be bad.
One thing that bothered me on the mac forums is that it seems that iMac is thermally designed to run as hot as possible before even turning on the fan, probably because Steve historically hated fans. They make computers look&feel like computers instead of alien artefacts from star trek. So it runs very hot and runs under assumption that it won't die for at least 3 years and by then the Apple fanboy will already have a new mac. If it had an SSD drive I wouldn't mind much, but a HDD just hates temps over 40°C. I've read stats from Google, assembled on their data farms and 40 seems to be the magical number, ie. under it they work fine, above it they start dying rapidly. OK, I can get an external HDD but I just had one of those die on me, the one kids were using to watch movies. It doesn't have active cooling, it constantly overheated and finally died. If that happened to my main data storage, well, can't really have that. So external, non-ventillated drives are for backup only, and the stuff with live data must be in a ventillated case. That doesn't necessarily mean a PC case, it can be a Pegasus external enclosure, but those are expensive. So, a Mac is really causing me more problems than it is solving.
There's that prejudice that Mac is for morons and Windows are for geeks who build their own PCs, but that's probably based on a few kids who made youtube videos about the macs their parents bought them. In fact it is rather trivial to build a PC, and WIndows tends to lock you into the GUI while OS-X has a unix console which allows you to perform quick&dirty hacks like pulling data from text files or a mysql database, running it through perl or php and spitting out the result as either plain or rich text. Yes, you can do it in Windows, too, but it's not that easy and straightforward. In fact, when I installed windows on my box, I almost immediately had to install linux on a virtual machine and give it access to local drives because I was lost without a unix console. So, sorry kids, but the real geeky stuff is not playing with clocks and voltages in the BIOS and buying parts and assembling them into a working computer. A trained chimp could do it. The real stuff is the data processing. That's where you do weird shit, and Windows seems to impose a layer of indirection which I don't like, but I can and did apply a workaround by using a virtual linux connected to the host's resources. This is a slight pain in the butt, as I prefer an OS that runs unix native. It's faster, simpler and more elegant. 
Speed. Let's put it this way. 32-bit windows seem to have lots of overhead and run geekbench 1500 points slower than 32-bit linux on the same hardware. I tested it. 64-bit windows is a different matter. It seems to be as fast as linux, very similar geekbench result. Windows loads more stuff into memory and boots somewhat slower but it's not a big deal. A Mac is as fast as Linux. I didn't test it on the same hardware but from other people's geekbench results it seems that linux and mac are always somewhat faster. The thing is, people usually run the free edition of geekbench which is 32-bit only, and that is heavily biased against windows, which I saw when I ran both 32 and 64 bit windows benchmark and the 64-bit one was some 1500 points faster. So there's no real difference between the 3 OSs for 64-bit apps. Windows 7 certainly don't feel slower than 64-bit linux on the same hardware. Both are fast and windows GUI is more reliable and doesn't contain stupid bugs.
Hardware. Let's put it this way. A Mac usually contains good hardware, but since you can't really upgrade you are forced to buy the best and newest stuff right away in order to have it last a few years. The good news is that PC is a mature product for some time now. A core2duo is fast enough for most stuff, and we are several generations away from that, so regular upgrades are no longer that much of an issue. But with a win/lin machine, you can feel easy about upgrading because if you run out of power you don't need to wait for Apple's release cycle, you just go to a nearby hardware store, buy the stuff you need, install it and there you go. 
Price. A Mac is somewhat more expensive than a similarly spec'd Windows machine, but if you really put in the good stuff the difference in price is not all that great. A decent IPS monitor is half the money of a PC configuration. I paid more than 100 for a keyboard, so that stuff can add up if you don't buy junk. So the price is not much of an issue, really, not if you aim for the high end. If you aim for value, then you can get a very decent win/lin machine for half the price of a Mac. However, a high end PC can kick a Mac's butt very seriously, and here I mean 128GB RAM, six cores i7, Nvidia Tesla graphics card (or, as some put it, a desktop supercomputer card), and a 27" Eizo ColorEdge self-callibrating aRGB monitor that eats apples for breakfast. So, Apple doesn't really make the high end, not with monitors, nor with workstations. They make very well designed midrange PCs, and that is usually good enough. 

If you managed to read this far, you have too much free time and not enough caffeine in your system. :)
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- 2012-08-25T17:15:40+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-25T17:19:46+0000
I know, Apple makes Mac Pro, but at this point it is so outdated it hardly makes sense. Also, it's a strange beast - looks like a normal "PC" box but it's not really upgradable - try upgrading MBO if you think otherwise. It's still a throwaway box, but you can add/change drives and PCI cards. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong, but I can't really see it as a long term upgradable solution. It is a great machine, however - but currently in need of a model update.

Oh yes, another thing about Mac. It really does look good, at least since they adopted the all- Al design; I hated the colorful plastic models. But most of it is an illusion; you won't really have an empty desk with just an iMac, wireless keyboard and a mouse there. This is showroom stuff. In reaity, I have speakers, iPhone cradle, external HDD, scanner, printer, two monitors, wireless keyboard, two mice and a laptop on my desk, plus a HP 50g calculator, few thumb drives, a pencil box, nail clipper, bluetooth handsfree and a watch. Not to mention cups of coffee, both full and empty, plus a plate with some stuff I bring here to eat, plus a roll of kitchen paper for cleaning up inevitable occasional spills. It's a mess, and it won't change if I buy a mac. I won't even have any less cables around. So its neat and clean Al design is an illusion because as soon as you start working it starts getting messy at your workspace, unless you're either totally anal or you don't really do anything useful. So I'm inclined to just embrace this mess and occasionally clean up dust and food particles so the cockroaches don't start nesting.

This is cool, I found out that my windows box is the only one that doesn'...
- 2012-08-22T20:06:44+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-22T20:06:44+0000
This is cool, I found out that my windows box is the only one that doesn't sync with google calendar. And I'm certainly not installing Outlook just for that.

Sync Google Calendar With Windows 8 / 7 Desktop

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I finally decided to change the case instead of just leaving the ugly gray th...
- 2012-08-20T14:46:04+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-20T14:46:04+0000
I finally decided to change the case instead of just leaving the ugly gray thing and changing the interior every couple of years and went for this one. Looks like a combination of an IBM server and fake-military gaming gadget but honestly, I like it. As long as I have to have the big box under my desk, at least it can look good. And it has good air flow, too. :)
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LOL :)
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- 2012-08-21T21:38:11+0000
I had people ask me what's the point of this; well, I guess the question is legitimate since there's no immediately accessible description. The point is, she is sitting on a vibrator and trying to keep a straight face on a dare, and she does a really good job at it, considering the circumstances, up until later in the video where she has incredibly cute looking and loud fireworks of an orgasm. There you go. :) Earphones only. :)

I've been making some calculations, seeing that I'd have to upgrade m...
- 2012-08-19T09:38:33+0000 - Updated: 2012-08-19T09:41:23+0000
I've been making some calculations, seeing that I'd have to upgrade my desktop machine some time soon. I've been thinking about iMac 27" upgraded to 16GB RAM, i5 or i7 configuration, which would set me back some 16000kn (2658 USD) here in Croatia. But I wanted to see what kind of a Windows/Linux box I could build for that kind of money and I came up with this:

MBO MSI Z77A-GD80 (with Thunderbolt port)
CPU i7 3770K
RAM CORSAIR 2x8 GB, 1600 MHz Vengeance Black
GPU MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX560Ti Hawk TwinFrozrIII
CASE Cooler Master, HAF 912 Plus

It doesn't include HDD because I already have two new large ones in my old box (3TB), and I already own Win7 retail so no OS license needed, but the machine is a beast. Its geekbench score would be somewhere between 11000 and 20000, it could probably play CRY-engine games in monitor's native res at >30 FPS; not that I play games but it's a point of reference. The question is, do I need the difference in power and do I need the tradeoff in noise; I prefer to have a quiet room. The problem with iMac is heat. I do believe it's engineered well but it will overheat in my room, and then the HDD might die. They are the most sensitive part, the rest will probably be OK.  
OS-wise, I recently tested Win7 and it's fine, but I had to run a linux VM in order to get the unix environment I need for my scripts and file manipulations which I found out I need in order to be really productive. Mac wouldn't need it but there are some things that linux comes out of the box with, such as sshfs, and mac needs serious tweaking, and that stuff tends to break on every serious OS update.
Besides, If I go full Mac I'll need to do something with that 3TB of disks that are mostly full of useful stuff, and whatever I do will probably increase clutter on the desk and have inferior cooling.
So, I'm still thinking about it.
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