Category: "Mac stuff"
I want to recommend this post by Joel Spolski about differences in font rendering philosophy between Mac OS & Windows.
I never really understood why Apple failed to render sharp fonts on screen. Now I understand the purpose. I'm still not sure which is best though... ;)
WOW! All this time I've been running the wrong AC3 codec on my Mac Mini!
Last week, I found one that works soooo much better! To find it, I actually had to search for "a52 codec" and not "ac3 codec". Go figure!
It is GPL licenced and merely based on the "a52 library". But I really wonder were a52 comes from. Too late to investigate tonight though ;)
Update: a52 is now included in a codec pack called Perian and you can even get 5.1 surround sound out of it.
Update: the easiest solution now seems to just use the VLC media player and not worry about the codecs (VLC has everything it needs included).
The question definitely makes sense. You can now get essentially the same components into a PC or a Mac. So the choice would boil down to:
Well, the Macs look better, definitely.
And also, if you actually want to connect 3 screens to a Mac, you'll definitely need one of those bigger Mac Pros where you can put in a PC video card. And those sort of lose their coolness factor over the iMacs. But to be fair, I guess you could get away with a 24" iMac ;)
If you crash your mac: AppleJack!
And even if you don't crash your Mac bad, you want AppleJack. Everytime you hard reset/reboot your mac you add a few errors on your hard drive structure. And as time goes by, you get more and more of those turning pizzas/beach balls and you just don"t know why...
Run Apple Jack and your Mac will feel all clean and new again! ;)
Until now, Apple had a cool mouse called the Mighty Mouse with all the advanced features you'd expect from a mouse (right click, scroll weel... even better: multidirectional scrolling ball)... it just wasn't wireless.
Apple also had a Wireless mouse... but it had only one button! :(
Today, you can finally get the best of both worlds! The mighty mouse with all it's buttons becomes wireless! Apple has even improved the pointing technology which is now a laser instead of an LED. This should allow for smoother movement on more surfaces...
...except this one little detail: the problem with the Apple wireless mice is not the pointing technology... it is the bluetooth technology! Apple bluetooth is just not reliable any more if you get more than 2 meters away from your Mac. (Home entertainement use... Of course you have less issues on a desktop... but do you really need a wireless mouse on a desktop?)
It seems that the mouse can operate on either one or two batteries. So you might expect it to have more power and greater operating range when you insert a second battery. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt that will be the case. The "old" wireless mouse had 2 batteries already... :-/
Ironically... I think I'll buy it anyway... yeah, even at 69 €... I just want that thing in my living room! :P