Apple today released new iBooks, equipped with G4 chips instead of the pokey G3s. Hmmm. That is very interesting, as Wintermute, my current Mobile Headquarters, is an old 2001 iBook with a blistering 600MHz G3 and no Quartz Extreme. Tech specs look okay–800MHz G4, no FireWire 800, which is okay; combo drive, which is fine on a laptop. Bluetooth is external. Urgh.
I’ll have to give some thought to this for my next laptop purchase, which hopefully won’t be too far in the future, as Wintermute is suffering from what is most likely a bad inverter board. The screen intermittently goes black when adjusting the display angle. This happens to a lot of iBooks, although Apple has not admitted a problem. Cough assholes cough. (I don’t have the time to dig up a link of people complaining about this, but just go to Apple’s discussion boards and you’ll get an eyeful.)
So it breaks down like this:
iBook G4 pros: Cheap, sturdy, smalliBook G4 cons: Slow, no internal Bluetooth, no video mirroring. So-so keyboard. Not a Cool Rig™
AlBook 15 pros: Fast, internal bluetooth, larger screen, excellent keyboard (oh, with backlighting!); most definitely a Cool Rig™AlBook 15 cons: Moolah intensive, larger to haul around
Incidentally, I already have a name for my next laptop. Does that make me a geek? [Trumpet fanfare] Its name shall be … Gunhead–the name of Berry Rydell’s rent-a-cop cruiser in Virtual Light.
Music: Soldier Of The Line by Magnum
Posted Wednesday, 22 October, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.