Sad day for his family first and the rest of the world next.
Steve Jobs saw things differently. I will remember Steve Jobs as a visionary and modern-day da Vinci, a man who could predict (or coerce) what the public wanted, a man who pioneered the concept of combining practicality and performance with elegance and style. He made products I use daily which make me want to be more productive and more creative. He pushed the competition to be better.
I had just watched the video of Steve Jobs presenting the WWDC 2011 Keynote the other day. He looked frail, and I had commented on that fact to a friend at the time. I guess it was a bit prophetic…
Grabbed this screenshot from www.apple.com
One of the things about being a bit obsessive compulsive about tech gear is that you tend to get a bit squirrelly when things are not perfect. Take my external hard drives as an example. I have numerous external hard drives for numerous tasks. One is for photos, one for media (music and movies) and another one is for backup. I have been a fan of LaCie drives for a while, with their combination of reliability, affordability, and great design. My latest favourites have been the LaCie d2 Quadra. It is a bit more expensive than your typical drive, but for me, worth it.
I love the multi-interface – it has connections for USB2, FireWire 400 and 800, and eSATA. I personally use the FireWire 800 to connect the drives to my Apple iMac at home, and the data transfer is nice and fast. The problem is, because they aren’t supposed to be stacked higher than 2, they ended up taking up a lot of desk space and the cables are all over the place.
But when I found out that LaCie makes a Desk Rack that mimics the type of rack-mounted setup found in data centres and is designed to work with the d2 Quadra drives, I got goosebumps! (I told you I was a geek/nerd, didn’t I?)
It was very easy to set up – all you need is one (1) Phillips screwdriver – that’s the one with the star for the tool-challenged readers out there! – and ten (10) minutes of your time. The rack stores up to four (4) external drives, and because of the multi-interface, the drives can be daisy-chained together, so no need for USB or FireWire hubs. Mine arrived the other day and I just set it up tonight. It is stable, fits perfectly on my desk, and looks great.
If you are looking for a great-looking and compact solution for multiple external hard drives, I suggest you give LaCie and the Desk Rack a look.
So of course, Apple finally gets the kinks out of the iPhoto library system and allows multiple users on one Mac to share a Library, just in time for my upgrade to Aperture 2. The Aperture 2 vault system specifically states it is not intended to be shared between multiple users…
I think I can use an external image location option and work from that, although I think is will be a small issue really, since Nadine will use iPhoto almost exclusively (easy, fast, and uploads to Facebook in one click -> just how she likes to edit images!) and I will be doing the deeper work within Aperture and Photoshop CS4.
When I first read the article in eWeek, I was a bit sceptical. After all, like everyone else I knew, Safari was on the Mac when it arrived, but for the most part, I used it to download FireFox and continued on with that.
According to the article, Safari “is currently the top dog in standards support”, scoring on the Web Standards ACID3 test, the only non-beta web browser on the market today to do so.
The other item they noted was speed. Safari was the fastest performing browser available for testing. So, not being one to simply believe what i read, I decided to try to benchmark things myself. Here are my benchmarks from my (underpowered!) Dell laptop I use at work (and at home when Nadine won’t let me use the iMac because she is so in love with it!!! . The laptop sports an older Pentium M class with only 1 GB RAM, so application speed is a factor. As you can see in the results below, Safari’s performance score is impressive (1246), scoring over twice as high as FireFox (555) and blowing Internet Explorer (252) out of the water!
This was a much more significant difference than I expected, so I will be repeating these benchmarking tests on my Apple iMac at home in Mac OS X and also in Windows XP SP3 on Bootcamp and will post those results when I get the chance. My iMac has a 3 GHz dual core processor and 4 GB RAM, so I expect the results to be even more impressive. Maybe even enough to convince me to switch to using Safari!
However, in closing I must inform you that there is a downside… FireFox is well known for plug-in/extension support, whereas Safari lacks the same level of support. There are still plenty of add-ons for Safari, but not nearly as many as for FireFox. I know, because I use several myself –> TwitterFox for my Twitter feeds, ScribeFire to create blog pages, and TinyURL Creator to turn obscenely long web page urls into something much more manageable.
So, I guess I will have to decide which I prefer, speed and standards or the benefit of more plug-in support. I will also be seeking out some other browser benchmarking sites to get more feedback results, so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to share them! In any case, Internet Explorer is relegated to the minor leagues!
Just finished testing Opera over lunch (let it run while I went out) and Opera scored about even with FireFox, so Safari definitely wins the crown on this machine!
iMac at Home
Here are the results from Safari 4 and FireFox 3.0.11 on my iMac and Mac OS X Leopard at home. A significant difference between them!
Just noticed on the Skype website that their next Mac version, 2.8, will offer screen sharing. I guess that means Skype in 2009 will finally offer the same features as NetMeeting did in 2003.
Of course, NetMeeting never offered calling to landlines, but I don’t use that particular feature yet. Maybe soon…
National Geographic just published pictures of Snow Leopards caught by camera traps.
The article states:
Once found throughout the high altitudes of Central Asia, the cats are thought to number only about a hundred in Afghanistan, conservationists say.
Makes me wonder… If National Geographic can manage to capture footage of some of only the estimated 100 snow leopards in Afghanistan, maybe the US military should hire them to find Osama Bin Laden…
Come to think of it, those of us in the Mac user community are wondering if maybe we can borrow some of these camera traps to see if we can’t capture images of our own elusive Snow Leopard anytime soon…
Interesting overview and initial, though not complete, comparison of the upcoming Windows 7 (Due out in October 2009) compared to Mac OS X Leopard. Of course, to be fair, as the author notes, the comparisons should really be between Windows 7 and the upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, since they are both the ‘new release’ operating systems.
There has been no ‘official’ release date for Snow Leopard, but it is expected to be announced next week at the Worldwide Developers Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Rumours are for Fall 2009, likely before Windows 7!
Lifehacker- Windows 7 vs. Mac OS X Leopard: The Show Down