Of course, it had to be SonyEricsson that produced a 3G phone that you wouldn’t be embarrased to get out in a crowd. Assuming they can actually produce enough of them, this may be the one that shifts me from T-Mobile, where I’ve been for years.
Tony Blair is on TV at the moment, announcing that there will be a referendum on accepting the proposed European constitution. He’s impressive, using the list of myths about Europe that’s around on the EU web site. By contrast, Michael Howard comes across as shrill and stupid.
Despite having earned my living writing about Macs for many years, these days I probably spend about half my time working on a Windows machine – an Acer TravelMate C111 Tablet PC, running the release candidate of Windows XP SP2. Since the release of XP, Windows has been close enough in ease of use and functionality to OS X that I can use it without constantly swearing at the screen, something that couldn’t be said for Win 98 or even Win 2K.
And XP is pretty stable, too. In fact, at the moment thanks to a problem that I just can’t pin down, my Mac crashes far more than the Tablet, despite the Tablet using effectively beta operating system code. At least once a day at the moment, and always when running Safari, everything on the Mac will lock up (except, annoyingly, for the pointer, which carries on trying to convince me that the Mac is still working).
But despite the Mac’s constant crashing, it’s still the machine that I work on. Why? Because attached to it is a nice, fat Sony 21in monitor that runs sweetly at 1600×1200 (it could run higher, but that gets a bit hard on my eyes), which gives me an enormous desktop and space to work. It’s the work space that matters: and on a large work space, OS X looks very, very nice indeed.