Linux, Boot Camp, Parallels

December 31st, 2006

A recent beta build of Parallels Desktop, the first virtualization solution available for the Intel Macs, introduced a handful of new features, most notably, the ability to boot a Windows system off a Boot Camp physical partition. This article describes how to use Parallels’ new feature with Linux instead.

Apples To Oranges

September 30th, 2006

Welcome back. Here’s something funny enough to compensate for the long break. Or at least, that’s all you get while I work on the next full featured post.

I love easter eggs. I found this one while working on my vacation photos in Apple’s iPhoto. In the full-screen editing mode there’s a useful button labeled Compare that lets you compare different photos to each other.

apples to oranges
I used it a couple of times before realizing what its icon actually represents — two photos, of an apple and an orange, respectively. A nice one, Apple!

Tick Off The Whine

August 8th, 2006

The whine I mentioned in the previous post is, by the way, not exclusively an Apple thing.

Actually, if my experience was representative, I’d say about 40% of all Intel laptops suffer from overloaded, “singing” capacitors, as this is inherent to how the Intel CPU power management is designed. And, bear in mind, these are not only generic brands like Compal, but also Dells and the highly-respected IBM ThinkPads.

How come the manufacturers don’t acknowledge and fix those flaws?
Actually, if my experience was representative, I’d say about 40% of all Intel laptops suffer from overloaded, “singing” capacitors, as this is inherent to how the Intel CPU power management is designed. And, bear in mind, these are not only generic brands like Compal, but also Dells and the highly-respected IBM ThinkPads.

How come the manufacturers don’t acknowledge and fix those flaws? Click the title for an explanation.

MacBook Pro — The Whine

August 2nd, 2006

If you’re serious about buying a MacBook Pro and do some web research, you’re going to come across some issues MBPs tend to exhibit. There’s even a website entirely dedicated to keeping track of all the defects.

One of the two predominant problems is the so-called whine.
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Yet Another Switcher …

July 27th, 2006

… or is it really?

What makes a declared Linux user and developer switch to Mac OS X after having used Linux almost exclusively for more than 6 years?

And more specifically, why should you, my dear reader, give a damn about all the drama?

Well, frankly, I have no idea — I was never good at drama. What I am good at, however, is the technical stuff. Should you continue your reading, you will hardly encounter endless descriptions of moral dilemmas, but rather plenty of juicy technical details on operating systems, computer hardware — OS X and Apple hardware obviously appearing as points of reference — and other topics related to technology†.

I hereby kindly invite you, my dear reader, to wade through the posts that will follow and to address them with either mild acclaim or furious anger, according to what your heart tells you.

† Oh, but of course, silly me, World Domination will also be featured whenever applicable.