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Carrie Fisher [Dec. 28th, 2016|04:46 am]
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I'm sorry. Our General is in another castle.
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An old iMac [May. 7th, 2016|12:41 am]
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The 2006 iMac can be fully-functional in Windows 10. It just needs a little love.

In my case, I:

  1. Installed Windows 7 (32bit)
  2. Installed the Bootcamp drivers*
  3. Upgraded to Windows 10**
  4. Installed a modified version of the Radeon drivers***
  5. Disabled fast startup****

You can potentially skip installing Windows 7, but you'll need to know what you're doing with drivers. I should add that mine is an early 2006 iMac upgraded to use a core 2 duo (64bit) CPU. I don't know how the original 32bit CPU will perform. I also have 3GB RAM (I don't know that I'd suggest much less) an SSD (because zoom) and upgraded wifi (mmm draft n).

The machine isn't super speedy but it'll work fine as an e-mail reading, internet-going terminal. You'll want to force Flash if you want to watch Youtube - the machine isn't fast enough to decode higher-definition videos without Flash's hardware acceleration.

It's better than running an ancient copy of OSX. An operating system of that vintage is a security hole, and a vulnerable computer affects more than just you - infected machines can be used to attack other people and will make the internet cruddier.


* You can likely skip installing the full set if you want to pull out the specific drivers you need.

** Because it was 32bit Windows 7, it's 32bit Windows 10. 32bit is fine because (a) the machine is limited in memory and (b) I couldn't be bothered to check if 64bit drivers existed because of (a).

*** You need a modified set of drivers because the most current official set cease to function in 10 due to support end of life. Keeping in mind I in no way guarantee the link, and also noting that it's not the link I'd originally downloaded from, I believe a copy is available from http://forum.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=372799

**** You'll get a blank screen on initial boot-ups. When you restart the machine (that is, not a full shutdown), it'll reset the display properly. This problem goes away once you disable Fast Startup. See slance310's post at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/windows-10-final-build-black-screen-after-boot/6c216e14-a112-461e-9faa-62594e195b13?auth=1
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Contrasting Styles [Dec. 4th, 2015|03:30 am]
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Just a colour update. The improved contrast helps give the blog a little visual zing. I initially tried Pantone's 2016 colours, but I felt like the blog lost too much identity (afterall, it's the minty-fresh journal.). I'll have to try rose quartz and serenity in some other project.

I can't seem to adjust the link colours in the main title bar, but I'll live. I'm also not sure I like my link or commenter info box (see comments) colours but I'll come back to them another evening.

Maybe now I'll actually be able to get to sleep.
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Speak long into the void, and the void shall speak into you [Dec. 2nd, 2015|01:12 am]
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LifeJournal was a convenient place to talk to the internet. To nobody in particular. To my friends. To the public.

Mostly my friends.

My friends are on Facebook nowadays, but Facebook represents an incredibly commercialized internet where you aren't actually the product, but the component of a product.

Strange how things go. You don't even need to have a Facebook or Google account to get tracked and sorted and digested into a sort of marketable poop.

I like my friends, but I don't like the sausage the internet has become. At least, for the most part, people and groups take it seriously now. No more scanned brochure websites.
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This still exists. [Dec. 1st, 2015|01:16 am]
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History often feels like "this other thing"; you can pick it up, put it in a box, take it out and discuss it like it's this totally separate entity... but we mustn't forget that history is who and what we are.

I'm pleased this is still here. Geocities is gone. Some friends are gone. LiveJournal's fallen out of the public consciousness, but it's where I first dipped my feet into social media. It was fairly simple.

I'm not sure exactly what was "live" about LiveJournal. Perhaps the fact that entries were publicly view-able immediately.
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Winter's Charade [Jan. 20th, 2011|03:20 pm]
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Glass cold; sky despairing
Streets grey; a winter melting
Day passes; sun falls.
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SEA KITTENing [Sep. 15th, 2010|02:51 am]
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I just spent a few hours on a food label. Hopefully it'll be worth the effort!
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iPads to Debut in Canada [May. 24th, 2010|01:34 am]
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Yay, the iPad will be debut in Canada in five days. \o/

I think these tablets will be ubiquitous one day. Not today, not tomorrow, maybe it'll be 30 or 40 years. It's a toy right now, but I think once people break out of the box, it can become an indispensible tool. Imagine going to a restaurant and getting the menu beamed to your tablet, complete with nutritional information and 3d representations of the food. How about going to a store and knowing exactly what's in stock, and where it is (re: RFID tagging)?

New-tech musical instruments would be interesting to see as well. We have keys, airholes, strings, why not flat and interactive board devices?

Why, the possibilities are beyond me. :)
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Dragon Age: Awakening [Apr. 21st, 2010|11:34 pm]
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Grrr.

The security-conscious computer user will have two accounts, right? One administrative account and one access-limited, general use account?

Generally speaking, you install stuff on the administrative account and then run it on the User account?

For some reason, Dragon Age's expansion pack is inaccessible from the user account when installed on the administrative account. It functions perfectly from one, but simply doesn't exist in the other. I have to upgrade my user account to an administrative account (because for some reason, it whines about not having administrative priviledges when I hit the installer with 'run as admin'), install the expansion (again), then will need to downgrade the account afterward.

Seriously, multi-user operating systems have been standard for over a decade now. Developers, get your acts together.
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iPad versus the World [Apr. 12th, 2010|06:00 pm]
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Well, I've decided to join the masses of media writers who put out reviews, previews, and predictions of a device none of them own (or hadn't owned, at least, until about a week ago). I can have an opinion too, right? I will state right now there is a great deal of speculation and assumptions in this opinion, so please don't take anything as fact. These are just my thoughts.


Anyway, before we can discuss the iPad, first we need to touch upon the netbook -- this is a category the iPad is intended to overlap and replace. The netbook is essentially a small, lightweight, long-lasting machine that's intended to be portable enough to take to town without breaking the bank (or one's back). They're for the connected traveller, and are designed to fulfill basic tasks such as e-mail, light web browsing, and even lighter word processing. They're bigger than blackberry devices and are therefore much more comfortable to use, and fill a gulf between smartphone and laptop.

However, I strongly suspect that the vast majority of netbook buyers are not actually looking for an ultra-portable work machine -- rather, they're people who're just looking for the cheapest laptops they can buy (and to be clear, most people don't need CPUs and GPUs capable of rendering the universe at whim). Alternately, and coming from the other direction, the economical prices of netbooks have allowed people who otherwise wouldn't invest in portable machines the opportunity to purchase one. That said, netbooks have already leapt in size once, and manufacturers are looking at another size increase to 11.6" - the margins are more favourable, and this lets them escape artificial limitations which were put in place to protect other segments of the markets (though really, whether these limitations are still beneficial are up to debate).

What the iPad seems to do is target the high end of the compact device market - one that's already home to both netbooks and e-readers. Apple gets to release a premium product (can we say 'cachet?') without having to crouch down into the margin wars of the netbook market. It's sexy, it's unique, and although it may not have the utility of a netbook, I doubt it is intended to. It does exactly what it was designed to do -- conveniently deliver media (hello, wifi, howdy, 3G) no matter where you go, in a body that's streamlined and boiled down to essential features. It allows for a rich web browsing experience, delivers various forms of media, and allows for e-mail access and [very?] light word processing on the go.

Furthermore, it does not cannibalize Apple's laptop products, can't challenge the iPhone, and although you can make a case where there may be some overlap with Apple's iPod products, I suggest that its sheer size and price premium ensures that different buyers will be looking at different devices. I think what we're looking at is a case where Apple is attempting to create a new need for a new device, similar to Sony's walkman in the previous century. Of course, as these are still pioneering times, most people - users, developers, pop culture artists - are still thinking about how the iPad can fulfill other needs and replicate other devices rather than standing on its own. Being the jack-of-all-trades isn't necessarily a poor position to be in at present, though I do feel that until it can truly carve its own niche, desire for the product may be limited.

Moving on, here's where the netbook aspect becomes important -- assuming I'm correct that many people who're after netbooks just want cheap laptops, how appealing will the iPad be to this particular market? My guess is that any overlap will be limited, and that Apple will consume a different audience. The question then becomes whether or not this other audience will bite.
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