Jon “Hannibal” Stokes contines his excellent series entitled “PowerPC on Apple: An Architectural History, Part II over at Ars Technica. Essential reading for chip nerds.
Somewhere over to your left, you’ll see a big orange button for LiveMessage alerts. What this allows you to do is a get a message sent to your MSN Messenger whenever I update. Neat, eh?
Larry Seltzer has a good piece on why Google Desktop Search Doesn’t Threaten Security. However, I’ve found that Google Desktop does threaten one thing: my sanity. It’s the first piece of software I’ve found in quite a while that can reduce the performance of my laptop to a crawl at a single stroke, thanks to its large-scale background activities.
Of course, my laptop isn’t all that powerful – a 1GHz Centrino with 512MB of RAM. And of course, it’ll be better once it’s done all the necessary indexing of pre-existing files. But on a laptop, I don’t want to leave it on overnight to do it. So, for me at least, it’s bye-bye Google Desktop.
The outfit that puts the chips in the music player has no profits, lacks a contract with Apple, and may face competition. Expect a hot IPO.
Apple has updated both its iBook and Xserve ranges, as well as introducing a new single processor Power Mac G5. All good stuff, although it’s missed a trick with the low end 12 inch iBook: given that this is likely to be the main machine for a lot of students, a 30GB drive is not enough.
Storage requirements have done a flip of late: low end users are much more likely to have vast amounts of MP3 files than business users, taking up lots and lots of drive room. I wouldn’t recommend anything less than 80GB for a home user these days. Upgrade that iBook to 512MB of RAM and an 80GB drive and it goes from £749 – a nice deal – to £929, which makes it look less of a bargain.