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Lets get it straight…

Told ya!

I had to say that. Back in January, I predicted some things about the new Macbook Pro, which were not revolutionary but simply logical. It happens I got three things right. No DVD drive (yay), flash storage on a chip and a wider flash drive form factor (actually sata 3 if I understand right). So, “Told ya!”.

Of course the Mac Pro is keeping the ATI cards. We can all look forward to a refresh on that monster in 2013 (I’ll ponder on that and might post some predictions).

What happens when you spill a glass of wine in your laptop? Stay tuned for some fixing pictures. Finally, if you’ll be making some rj45 connectors, buy the CAT6 ones! They are so easy compared to the older ones. More on this later.

What I think of Safari

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Update: I’ve just updated to 5.1.4, which should give 11% better JavaScript performance and fix a cookie issue I’ve had for so long. I’m crossing my fingers it actually helps. Since the update, my CPU monitoring seems a lot more reasonable. Coincidence? I would have to believe the update does help. What was I thinking!?

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New interface!

I got kind of tired of my old theme, and decided to give this new one a try. I wanted something clean and less crowded that allowed for long periods of reading (basically, black text on white background). I really like it for now, I’ll see how I get accustomed to it. What do you guys think? Is it burning your eyes?

My take on a Mac Pro gaming machine…

After a couple of delicious beers with a good friend, we concluded the Mac: Pro Gaming redesign might resemble something like:
  • Black brushed aluminum, or a complete new look.
  • Windows pre-installed! In a dual-boot fashion of course.
  • Dual-link, good graphics card (ex: GTX 580 SLI, or maybe the 570s)
  • Quad Core
  • 8 Gigs of ram
  • 256 GB SSD for OS X and Windows + 750 GB, 7200 RPM for data.

Boom! you got a winner here if not too pricey. A machine you can buy that has been designed from the get-go to run games at impressive frame-rates. A hassle free dream machine, with a power supply that can actually spit out enough power to feed your graphics cards.

Plus, audio/video guys can still add more CPUs and ram if needed, and remove a graphics card if not necessary. But keeping them would actually improve video editing/compressing performance since Apple is integrating OpenCL in most of their software products. I would even tend to predict Logic X will use OpenCL in some way…

All this being wishful thinking of course.

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A place left for the Mac Pro at Apple?

While working at my last job, using Final Cut 99.9% of the time, I witnessed the announcement, the release and the temporary demise of Final Cut Pro X.

The software which should be referred to as: “piss everybody off with a high-end workflow PRO X”… Now that’s mean, isn’t it. “Piss everybody off” should suffice. Amongst all the flurry of information focused on FCP X, we silently lost Color (I have my thoughts on that… DaVinci coming to mac, anyone?), we lost DVD Studio Pro and finally lost our nice presets in Compressor (which didn’t get a decent update in itself, but requires a new graphics card though). Very strange.

My technical director almost bought the new Final Cut the very same day it was released! I remember pressuring him to let a good night’s sleep calm his anxiousness down. Even with such a low price, I had a bad feeling when I read on Apple’s website… nothing new from the features I had seen in the demo (at NAB). “Bad, very bad…” I thought to myself, while rubbing my chin in a very detective-like way. The next day, I get up late and arrive late to work as usual. What’s the first thing I can say, with a huge vile smile, to the tech director : “iMovie HD”. That’s what I said, and that’s pretty much what there was to say. I had been surfing the inter-webs all night long, and oh, was I sad.

The story goes on, Apple realizes they made a mistake when they stopped selling FCP 7, so they put it back on sale. The FCP evangelist try to shove an infant piece of software down our throats saying “it’s so new” and “the meta-data is so shiny” and whatever else you’ll hear from Larry Jordan… but YOU CAN’T EFFING MARK IN/OUT AND EXPORT A CLIP !!! I’m sorry, WTF IN THE WORLD! THAT WAS DESIGNED BY BABIES !? I’m sorry again. That is a feeling shared amongst users who actually need to export video clips, you know, that thing you export when using a non linear video editor?

OK. my rant is over. All this because, at the time, I predicted Apple might stop selling Mac Pros. The developer doesn’t seem to care about professionals anymore and bla bla bla iPad bla bla iPhone etc. We’ve all heard it.

And today, I read on macrumors, a rumor states Apple might drop the Mac Pro line. Well we’ve been waiting for upgrades, we’ve been waiting for thunderbolt, we’ve spent thousands of dollars on those machines in the past and boom, they would be gone? I have no idea if this rumor holds a bit of truth, but if it does hear me out Apple! heh heh, I’d dream.

Even though the video industry has gone sour after the release of Final Cut Amateur X. And even though the audio industry will turn sour after your release of Logic Amateur X. There is an industry (well, more like a public) that hasn’t turned sour yet, that hasn’t even turned. My god, that doesn’t even care! You guessed? The video game industry, which the Mac division has never even attempted to conquer, even less approach. This industry is actually taking notice of the mac platform. The best example being Steam and it’s few games. But since Apple rages in the laptop world, and those PC gamers need good laptops to play on, well there is a good chance many hardcore gamers have ended up with a Mac. If not, they have taken notice.

Razer will be releasing a wicked 17inch gaming laptop soon. I quote the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan, “There is actually another laptop out there, it’s not PC though, that has discreet graphics, that is 17 inches in terms of the screen size, supposed to be one of the most powerful laptops in the world. [Our laptop] is thinner than the Mac Book Pro. So [it] out performs the Mac Book Pro in gaming, there’s only one thing it doesn’t do though. But we PC gamers don’t care, why? It doesn’t run Mac OS X, that’s all.”

Apple could revamp, re-market, and re-idealize their Mac Pro line to fit this eager audience. Which is in need of more power than it ever has before! The Mac Pro can deliver, but can Apple? Oh wow, what a nice ending phrase that was… before I interrupted 🙂

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Gnome 3 – Inspired and inspiring…

Haven’t posted much recently, but I wanted to get this out. Gnome 3 is looking awesome and truly inspiring. But it does replicate a lot of OS X and Windows 7 interface features. I am definitely not shocked nor bothered by such. Here are a few examples:

 

  • Mac OS X exposé + hot corners? Yup, thank you very much, I can’t live without those! It also serves as the new Lion mission control thingy. Haven’t tried it yet though, I did not update yet (and will be waiting for a bit).

 

  • Windows 7 window management, if you like it it’s there (personally I am not fond, or maybe just not used to it).

 

  • OS X Lion launchpad? Yes, but done better… It is Linux you know 🙂

 

Now as a Mac geek I’ve been advocating for a simple and ready to use OS system. I have ditched Linux as a desktop OS a while back since I’ve never really been satisfied with the home user experience. I’m also an audio guy, and I’m sorry, but Linux is not there yet (and might never be because of licensing issues). Seeing this new Gnome has pretty much punched my opinion in the face (most certainly with a well placed hook). I understand the Gnome guys have much work left to do, and they say so themselves, but honestly, coming from a Mac background, this is looking pretty appetizing to me.

Maybe some people will blame Gnome 3 as copying stuff from other Oses. I definitely praise and congratulate them for it. Now I don’t want this post to sound as if the Linux scene has been copying stuff from other OS platforms often. Actually, it’s more of the contrary (OS X “Spaces” as the easiest example), but replicating and then pushing an idea/feature to the maximum potential, is to me the greatest thing about software competition. I am glad Gnome 3 desktop devs have been able to step on their pride a bit, and acknowledge that other OSes have good interfaces too. And most probably, Gnome’s implementation will simply be better! I think I’ll be loading up a VM with it pretty soon 🙂