Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Dream a Little Dream...

Last night I had a dream that I was getting email notifications of comments posted on here on Scottdot. I guess it is because getting comments makes me happy to know that my words are being read. How odd...

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Feeding on Words

Summer always seems to get me in the mood to read a lot of books. I've got quite a stack on my desk right now. Here's a look at what I'm currently reading, and what I'm about to start reading: Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu The Bonsai Workshop, by Herb L. Gustafson The Wu-Tang Manual, by The Rza Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk If only I didn't have to get paintings done for class tomorrow, I would spend all day reading.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

More on Apple and Intel

John Gruber has written an interesting follow-up to the Cringley article I last linked to on his blog Daring Fireball. Of particular interest is his comparison of Apple's OS borrowing from Unix/Darwin and Apple's hardware now being co-developed by Intel. Gruber writes: "With a core architecture designed by Intel, Apple will be free to concentrate their own engineering on what they do best: the user experience." Check out the full text here. I couldn't agree more.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Think Intel, Process Different

If you have been following the news from this year's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, you may have heard that tiny bit of news that Apple is dropping IBM to use Intel processors starting in 2006. When CNET reported on this almost a week before the keynote by Steve Jobs, I was initially skeptical and passed it off as rumor. The thought of an Intel processor inside my Mac disturbed me, as I've advocated PowerPC for years! But is Apple shooting itself in the foot for hardware sales for the next 12 months? Yes and no, I think. Will the next PowerBook have a G5 or a Pentium M processor? One of my biggest concerns is PPC compatibility in the new version of Mac OS X, codenamed "Leopard," which should be announced in the next year. Steve Jobs' announced they still have some PPC based Macs to be introduced later in the year, and that Universal Binary builds of applications are the cure-all for this transition. This move is exciting, as this will level the playing field for PC manufacturers. Apple is going right after Dell with this move, and some say Microsoft too. Robert X. Cringely has written an interesting scenario in which Apple gets bought out by Intel. Read his write-up, with a lot of important questions being asked, at I, Cringely. Also, I encourage all three of my readers to post their thoughts in the comments section!