Archive for the ‘computers’ Category

Leopard is the New Vista, and It’s Pissing Me Off – Yahoo! News I’m not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can’t take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it): the fact that so many of the semi-important changes don’t work, the fact that Apple turned a stable OS into a crash-happy […]

It’s difficult to become knowledgeable about computing without becoming a fanatic. I feel like I’ve achieved this balance, though it hasn’t been easy. So allow me to introduce myself, I am the reasonable computer nerd. I’m savvy enough to care about open source software, but not fanatical enough to use it exclusively, especially when commercial […]

This opinion piece (PDF) in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, argues that since mathematicians increasingly rely on software in generating their results, we should be increasingly concerned about the use of proprietary math software, since (a) not everyone has access to that software and (b) the code used by that software is usually closed-source, […]

Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber takes issue with Robert Scoble’s definition of irony. And he’s right, Scoble is just being bitter. But Scoble does make a good point: Oh, and if you think I have something against Apple, no I don’t. But my computer, a 17-inch MacBookPro, has already been in the shop twice. […]

Leopard bug

06Nov07 » Massive Data Loss Bug in Leopard Leopard’s Finder has a glaring bug in its directory-moving code, leading to horrendous data loss if a destination volume disappears while a move operation is in action. I first came across it when Samba crashed while I was moving a directory from my desktop over to a […]

I hate it when I read blogs that claim that “Leopard is the best operating system ever,” or something to that effect. Not that I think that they’re wrong; my experience is that they’re probably right. But I don’t know — I don’t have a Mac anymore, and I probably won’t have another one for […]

A while back my iBook died. I considered replacing it with a MacBook but decided that it made more sense to buy a Windows machine for half the price. So after looking around, I found a great deal on a Gateway (bought it at Best Buy). Specs? 15.4 inch screen, Intel dual core 1.5 gig […]