Geek Potpourri

  1. A tip for folks upgrading to the shiny new 15” Powerbook (aka “the albook”), a word of warning: This machine will not boot up any OS lower than 10.2.7. You read that right: someone at Apple is smoking some seriously mind-numbing weed, and has locked out booting any OS released before August 2003.

This means that all of the troubleshooting utilities that have to be run from bootup (DiskWarrior is a biggie) will not work. I shake my head in disbelief.

  1. That said, the new powerbooks are more rugged, and slightly faster than the 667mhz machine I used to be running. I’m not sold on having all of the ports on the sides, however - my powerbook now looks like its caught in the throes of some twisted cable nightmare when everything is plugged in.
  2. After playing around with the just-released Dreamweaver MX 2004, I can now say that it eats pants big time. So incredibly slow, even on my Quicksilver 1.2ghz tower, to be almost unusable. Does Macromedia beta test their software, or what?
  3. iTunes for Windows - now my dad can finally buy that iPod he’s been lusting over… and I can finally try to sell my parents on the benefits of Macs. I hope it doesn’t suck.
  4. New versions of the Mozilla web browser, the Thunderbird email client, and the Mozilla Firebird web browser were released, along with a redesigned web site. Open source sweet and tasty for everyone!
  5. DEVONAgent released - this application kicks some serious search-app ass. If you do lots of research and searching online (and run Mac OS X), check it out.

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