The Big Think

June 8, 2007

But Can We Power it With a ZPM?

Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 4:47 pm

The new 128 bit file system architecture from Sun known as “zfs” is big. Really big. Really, really big. A 128 bit addressing space allows us to access and keep track of a LOT of data. How much? More than we’ll ever need. Trust me on that.

Okay, don’t trust me. Read this article instead. If you stacked 300gb hard disks over the entire surface of the Earth to a depth of 2.5 million miles, you would just be touching the extent of the address space. To power this many drives would take the perfect conversion of all the planet’s oceans to energy. This would provide enough power for 4 months.

Plus, ZFS has other cool things like automatic Raid arrays and storage pooling-where you just toss another drive in and that goes into the “pool” of available space transparently. Any way you look at it, ZFS looks freaking amazing. And it’s rumored to be coming to OS X.

more here.

May 7, 2007

Hello, I’m a Mac

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 10:21 pm

A whole slew of new Mac ads.

February 2, 2007


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 3:22 pm

Old Billy Boy has gone off his meds:

In a Vista-pimping interview with Newsweek yesterday, Bill Gates appears to be taking off the gloves with an all-out attack on the Mac. When questioned about accusations of copying Mac OS X features, Bill began accusing Apple of the exact opposite, and he also postulated that “maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing.” While he is of course referring to the 2003 demonstration of Longhorn, this isn’t even the half of it. Bill also tried to turn their reputation for swiss-cheese security around on Apple, claiming:

“Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.”


It’s marketing 2.0! It doesn’t matter how outrageous the claim, Just trumpet the opposite loudly enough and get enough uninformed people to believe it and it’ll eventually be true! Or at least you’ll get a lot of clueless consumers to think it might be true. Geeze, louise, is this guy serious!?!?


more here

January 30, 2007


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 11:36 am

An interview with Ellen Feiss, the mac Switcher from five years ago. Fun and interesting to read how the ad changed her life and what she’s doing now.

January 29, 2007

British Mac Ads!

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 11:35 am

Didn’t know they had them (the ads, that is) over there.

January 23, 2007


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:39 pm

End those embarrassing “Zune Moments

January 18, 2007

Broken Windows (again)

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:46 am

…you might think I would be predisposed to love Vista, Microsoft’s newest version of Windows, which was scheduled to be released to consumers at the end of January. And indeed, I leaped at the opportunity to review it. I couldn’t wait to finally see and use the long-delayed operating system that I had been reading and writing about for more than three years. Regardless of widespread skepticism, I was confident that Vista would dazzle me, and I looked forward to saying so in print.

Ironically, playing around with Vista for more than a month has done what years of experience and exhortations from Mac-loving friends could not: it has converted me into a Mac fan.

From Uninspiring Vista

By the way, Apple’s Q4 results are out, and they’re goooood.

January 12, 2007

Colin Ferguson on the iPhone

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 10:20 am


January 10, 2007

Calling Apple

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 10:52 am

Time Magazine reports on the new Apple iPhone:

Apple’s new iPhone could do to the cell phone market what the iPod did to the portable music player market: crush it pitilessly beneath the weight of its own superiority…

…To Jobs’s perfectionist eyes, phones are broken. Jobs likes things that are broken. It means he can make something that isn’t and sell it to you for a premium price…

…When our tools don’t work, we tend to blame ourselves, for being too stupid or not reading the manual or having too-fat fingers. “I think there’s almost a belligerence—people are frustrated with their manufactured environment,” says Ive. “We tend to assume the problem is with us, and not with the products we’re trying to use.” In other words, when our tools are broken, we feel broken. And when somebody fixes one, we feel a tiny bit more whole.

This last paragraph sums up why so many people love Apple products. It’s not the cool-aid, or the famed Reality Distortion Field. It’s the fact that, to a far greater extent than any other computer company (or personal electronics manufacturer, for that matter) Apple products just work. Intuitively, painlessly, seamlessly, and well. And that’s why so many people are switching.

January 6, 2007

OS War

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 9:53 am

5-year-old Mac OS X compared to the new Windows Vista. Quotes:

Hidden behind all of this hoopla, however, is the fact that as much of an improvement Vista is over XP, its main competitor, Mac OS X, still stacks up really well — and even tops Vista in several important areas…

Windows is very eager to tell you what’s going on. Constantly. Plug something in, and you get a message. Unplug something and you get a message. If you’re on a network that’s having problems staying up, you’ll get tons of messages telling you this. It’s rather like dealing with an overexcited Boy Scout…who has a lifetime supply of chocolate-covered espresso beans…

To put it simply, you can work on a Mac for hours, days even, and only minimally need to directly use the OS. With Vista? The OS demands your attention, constantly…

I’ve yet to see anything in Vista that blows away the Mac OS, even a version of the Mac OS that’s over a year old. Microsoft still can’t manage to make something simple and easy to use. Vista reeks of committee and design by massive consensus, while OS X shines from an intense focus on doing things in a simple, clear fashion and design for the user, not the programmer.

If you’ve never given the Mac a chance, why not? I have many, many friends (from musicians to quantum physicists to computer geeks) who have made the jump to Mac and, without exception, they are all glad they did. Come on…. everybody’s doing it. 🙂

November 15, 2006

You’ve been Zuned

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 9:32 am

I think I’ll try and get a new meme going. “You’ve been zuned” should describe the act of getting pwned publicly. For an example, see this:

“Soledad shows her new iPod shuffle – this is during the Zune introduction segment, mind you – and says, “Hello? Hello? Look at this it weighs nothing, it literally is the size of a matchbook and weighs that. So, why would I buy that, heavy…”

Hat tip to Giles for the link.


November 14, 2006


Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 1:52 am

I will never, ever, buy a Zune. This looks like hell on earth for computer users. I mean, seriously…. why? Why does the software suck so badly? Why does MS make you jump through so many unnecessary hoops? Why is it so hideously ugly?

Why does the PC world put up with this junk?

You know what I did to get my iPod working on my Mac? I plugged it in.

No registration required.
No installation (iTunes comes preinstalled).
No “create an iPod tag” nonsense.
No “can’t find the device”.
No repeatable, consistent lockups or crashes.
No limitations on what I can or can’t install.
Oh, and I can do what I want with my music- no getting permission from the mothership.

I think if I ever see someone with a Zune walking around I’ll laugh in their face. Then I’ll try and knock some sense into them with their own poo brown Zune.

It’ll probably just break it.


October 12, 2006

Get a Life

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 8:14 am

From TUAW:

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports that the glass Cube Apple erected earlier this year on New York’s tony Fifth Ave, dubbed Apple Mecca by many of the Mac faithful, is offensive to Muslims due to the Cube’s resemblance to the Ka’bah (aka The House of Abraham). The report goes on to say that there’s a genuine belief that the design of the store was specifically meant to provoke Muslims and cites other contributing insults such Apple housing “bars” that sell alcoholic beverages within the Cube structure and it being open 24/7.


September 25, 2006

New Mac Ad

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 9:21 am

It’s about time they did this one.

August 1, 2006


Filed under: Games,Macintosh — jasony @ 9:10 am

TUAW has the skinny on the new Apple 1984 ad that is being recreated in a Lego set! Complete with a backlit movie screen (and screaming head, apparently- it’s Byad Man!)

There are only 100 of these custom made kits available and they’re selling for $198.99 each. That guy is going to make a killing on these things and they’ll probably sell out in a few minutes.

June 12, 2006


Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 3:31 pm

Sketchup is now available for OS X!

Vista X

Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 11:43 am

Why put up with a pale imitation?

After playing around with my newly-installed copy of Windows Vista Beta 2 for a couple of hours, the thought that kept popping up in my head over and over again like a persistent mole was: “Wow, that’s a lot like the Mac.”

from lifehacker.

June 2, 2006

Vista vs Tiger

Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 11:21 am

I feel comfortable predicting that Windows Vista will not outpace Mac OS X Tiger for overall quality and usability. It’s hard to beat Apple’s top-notch GUI design grafted onto an implementation of Unix variant BSD. Mac OS X has excellent reliability, security and usability…I’m placing Windows Vista as a distant second-best to OS X.

from 20 Things You Won’t Like About Windows Vista

Shame on you, Microsoft. Shame on you, but not just for not doing better. We expect you to copy Apple, just as Apple (and Linux) in its turn copies you. But we do not and should not expect to be promised the world, only to be given a warmed over copy of Mac OS X Tiger in return. Windows Vista is a disappointment. There is no way to sugarcoat that very real truth.

Paul Thurrott Where Vista Fails

May 2, 2006

New Mac Commercials!

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 9:47 am

“Hello, I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” They’re finally doing a, ahem, side-by-side comparison.

April 26, 2006

Screen Shots

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:36 pm

from Engadget:

Today the intrepid Mr. Fox manages to dig up an application by consumer-darling Apple for an LCD display embedded with thousands of microscopic image sensors that would allow users to video-conference while looking straight into the “camera.” Data accumulated by the individual sensors would be stitched into actual images using special software, which will probably be bundled into future versions of iLife. Since the patent specifies almost as many sensors per screen as there are pixels, some of those sensors could have different focal lengths, with a defacto zoom lens created by switching between them. Apple goes on to suggest portable uses for the technology, such as employing the displays in cellphones and PDAs, so you can add another item to the list of features we’ll be expecting from the iPhone and Newton 2.0 when they finally hit stores.

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