Apple – I Just Don’t Get It

October 20, 2010

Apple unveils new MacBook Air, previews revamped Mac OS X – Yahoo! News

Okay, so some minor build up as Apple announces two new laptop models… MacBook Air 11″ and 13″ models. Here’s what caught my eye (and what I don’t get about the whole Apple thing):

Starting at $1,299 for the new 13-inch Air ($200 cheaper than last year’s entry-level Air) and $999 for the 11.6-inch version, both models sport Intel Core 2 Duo processors…

Core 2 Duo? Thats an old processor model… Intel Core i processors have been out for months – why is Apple attempting to sell new sizzle with an older line of processors? And at those prices?!!

I just bought a 13″ Dell Vostro with Core i5 processor, 4Gb RAM and 230Gb hard drive for $580. That was tax, license, shipping… EVERYTHING… delivered to my door in two days. And I could have gotten it for a lot less if I chose a Core 2 Duo processor!

I just don’t understand how Apple mesmerizes their customers into paying top dollar for what is quite simply older generation performance.

Oh, and I do own an iPod Touch so I’m not just a PC guy slamming anything Apple.


Myths About the ‘Smart’ Grid

May 5, 2010

Pajamas Media » Myths Associated with the ‘Smart’ Electrical Grid

Great article that explains in detail where our nations electricty comes from and who’s responsible for it.

Myths exposed:

  • There exists a monolithic “national electric grid.”
  • The “national grid” is vulnerable to a system-wide failure.
  • The federal government needs to rebuild the grid.
  • Hackers in Russia and China can shut your house off by hacking the smart meter.
  • The “smart grid” will “vastly improve efficiency.”
  • (Partial Myth) The smart grid will allow more demand to be added to the grid without building more power plants.

I particularly like this quote:

In summary, people should avoid the mistake of applying analogies between the internet and the electrical power grid. They’re two very different things, and there’s precious little magic intelligent pixy dust to be sprinkled over the system to make things dramatically better.

JLAB Earbuds Burn-In Period

February 14, 2010

Found this in the owner’s manual for JLAB earbuds:

Your new ear buds require a burn-in period to operate at their full potential. Simply plug them into your favorite sound device and let it play for 24 to 48 hours or more at normal to loud volume. This allows the driver to warm up and gain flexibility in order to reproduce a more accurate frequency range. The longer you listen to them, the better they will sound.

Interesting… NEVER heard of a driver needing to “warm up”.

Not saying it isn’t true, just… yeah. I’ll keep an eye on ’em.

PS: Even w/out the burn-in period these sound VERY nice.

Mac vs. PC Security | CNET News

February 5, 2010

In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security | InSecurity Complex – CNET News

Good article… essentially PCs have more security due to the amount of hackers targeting them. There are gaping holes in Mac security, particularly the Safari browser, but because there are so few compared to PCs the actual threat is minimal.

Interesting quote… (emphasis mine)

Eric Johanson, security researcher: “If you look at the number of published vulnerabilities in software and the number of users and compare Windows versus Mac OS you will discover that Mac OS has far more published vulnerabilities per user than Windows does so I think the data pretty much speaks for itself.”