Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Crippen sees the light

The good Doctor Crippen has seen the light.
The 24 inch iMac screen is preposterously, extravagantly, beautifully large. I plugged it in and switched it on and less than a minute and a half later (I timed it) it was up, working and on line. Simple. Lots to learn, for the software is not quite as intuitive as one is led to believe, but first impressions are definitely "Wow!"

I would say, "good luck with your shiny, new purchase" but you won't need luck. And I had nothing to do with this conversion, I assure you, despite what Katy might think.
Why do I sense that you've been thoroughly Kitchened?

He made me buy a MacBook too. Best thing I've ever bought. It takes some getting used to, admittedly, but only because PCs are so utterly ridiculous - for example, the first time I used mine, I spent ages looking for the start key before it occurred to me that the way to switch it off just MIGHT be to press the on/off switch. Bingo!

Once you've got used to it you'll wonder why you ever bought a PC in the first place.

Hmmm, I hope that you're using Apple --> Shut Down to switch off your MacBook, Katy... I did influence Katy and Mr Angry, but the Doc's purchase was entirely off his own bat...

DISCLAIMER: I own Apple shares.


chris said...

Don't fret fear Devil, on a MacBook the power button brings up the shut down dialog box exactly as if you had gone Apple --> Shut Down

Anonymous said...

I just don't get this constant wanking over Macs.

I built my PC myself to my personal specs. When you can get a Mac with a fucking kick-ass 256mb gfx card, I'll consider it. Until then the Mac is a toy for mongs and slow children who can't handle a real computer.

(In b4 "lol vista sux".)

Charles Pooter said...

Yes, just as on any PC made this century, pressing the power button is the same as clicking Start -> Shutdown.

Also, on a PC, one can eject a CD by pressing the eject button, rather than having to drag a CD icon into a virtual trashcan. Added bonus!

All of this is besides the trivial benefit of being able to run some useful software every now and again.

Roger Thornhill said...

anon/troll 6:42

Many Macs come with 256MB graphics as standard. MacPros go up to 1.5GB supporting dual 30" screens (thats 2x 2560x1600).

A self-build PC is def a tinker toy for people who don't get out much. Macs are Unix boxes with one of the best UIs and integrated software and hardware systems. You might need your ego plumped up by spending hours on the white-knuckle ride that is software installation, DLL file roulette and the "towers of hanoi" driver stacking game. Yawn. I prefer to just drag an icon from the installation disk to wherever I want it to be, moving it and backing up said icon or renaming it to keep older versions in parallel as I see fit. You self-build PC guys are like people who stick to their non synchromesh gearboxes, not realising the smart money is already using paddle shift clutchless or semi auto gearboxes because they want to drive their cars or, in this case, USE their computers, not spend all their time working just to keep it vaguely operational. You are down stoking the boilers and pumping bilge while we on the Mac are surveying the charts and plotting the course to the next sun-kissed isle.

Charles: Eject by just pressing the eject icon on OSX too.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I think I've been having the PC vs. Mac debate with the Devil for over a decade now and these days the main argument in favor of a PC which was cost no longer exists... even I might be tempted over to a beautiful Mac from my current linux PC :)

Although on Amazon.com linux is outselling Macs :)

Anonymous said...

@Roger Thornhill

When you can run Crysis on your Mac, call me. Until then you just enjoy playing with your My-First-Computer. I'll be using my PC which cost one-eighth of the price of a Mac and has three times the functionality.

And if it takes you hours to install software, you're probably doing it wrong.

James Higham said...

Yep - that's next. My 17 inch is just too small for what I want.

Having said that, the Mac is the most brilliant, wonderful way to blog and do lots of other goodies. I can't understand why I didn't do it before.

The failsafes alone are amazing and its capacity to come back from a hit.

And it tunes itself into you. I use two hands to do four tasks and use voice commands simultaneously to do the rest.

I say, 'Play movie' and it does.

And so on and so on.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Yup, hurray for Mac's in all their guises. Only how do you do things like hash symbol, or letters with a circonflex or umlaut, pray tell?

And of course once you have a Mac, it's not compatible with your old mp3 player, so you have to go out and buy an iPod. And an apple keyboard. And so on. These people are evil, but they make good computers/software. Unlike the Windows chaps, who are just evil.

Anonymous said...

It's strange; whenever 'mac people' talk about their massive benefits over the soooo old-fashioned, clunky and obsolete PC they talk in terms of such weird methods of usage, crowing of slick operating methods and solutions to problems I can't even imagine having in my 20 years of PC usage, sometimes I wonder whether a Mac is actually a computer at all. Then I realise the reason some people love Macs so much is because they don't have the capability to even begin to comprehend how to operate a real personal computer.

Now if only they would shut up about it and leave us normal people in peace, the world would be a happier place.

Anonymous said...

...and I don't even want to venture a guess as to what Bretwalda Edwin-Higham might be doing with his hands as he commands his box to 'Play movie'

Devil's Kitchen said...

"When you can get a Mac with a fucking kick-ass 256mb gfx card, I'll consider it."

My graphics card is a fucking kick-ass 512MB (and my machine's a year old). When did you cobble together your exciting PC -- 2004?


"Only how do you do things like hash symbol, or letters with a circonflex or umlaut, pray tell?"

Hash is alt-3, umlaut is a-t-u and then the letter that you want the umlaut over.

You can find all key layouts by switching on the appropriate Preference.

System Preferences --> International --> Input Menu tab and then tick the Keyboard Viewer. Ensure that the Show input menu in menu bar is ticked.

Close that and then click the British flag in the top right of the menu bar: select Keyboard Viewer and it'll show you all the options as you press the relevent keys, e.g. Ctrl or Alt (option).


Devil's Kitchen said...

"All of this is besides the trivial benefit of being able to run some useful software every now and again."

It rather depends what you are doing. Windows Postscript support is absolutely fucking woeful: as a print designer, I could never use Windows.


Devil's Kitchen said...

"When you can run Crysis on your Mac, call me."

Since I can run Windows in emulation (through Parallels) or natively (through Bootcamp) if I want to, what's your number?


Mark Wadsworth said...

DK, thanks. (Sorry to bore you with these daft queries, but you seem to know all the answers off pat!)

Devil's Kitchen said...

I'm happy to help: just drop me an email if you have any other queries and I'll be able to answer them for you...


ChrisC said...

How do you live without "right clicking" to bring up copy/paste etc?

Devil's Kitchen said...

"How do you live without "right clicking" to bring up copy/paste etc?"

Well, what I generally do is... er... right-click. When Apples had a single button mouse, you held down control whilst clicking and that brought up your contextual menus (not a problem for graphic designers who constantly use key modifiers).

You have always been able to buy multi-button mice for Macs, but since the advent of Mac OS 10, these have become even easier (plug and play and USB have made them pretty ubiquitous).

This is not necessary now, of course, since the Mighty Mouse, which was introduced about 5 years ago, has five or six different buttons.


Anonymous said...

Then I realise the reason some people love Macs so much is because they don't have the capability to even begin to comprehend how to operate a real personal computer.

*ROFL* I grew up with MS-DOS mate, providing PC Support on old 286 and 386 machines in my first job (the 386 was the managing director's). Despite still having to wrestle with PCs in my day job, I am now the owner of a delightful G4 Powerbook, which has amazing features like an operating system that actually works.

PC users like you used to look down on Mac owners for their child-like use of a GUI, while of course real men used the command line! Ho ho ho.

The only real problem with having a Mac is that I've since become insufferably smug.

Anonymous said...

"*ROFL* I grew up with MS-DOS mate, providing PC Support on old 286 and 386 machines "

Eee, '286. Luxury. I grew up with Z80 CP/M machines, with 8" floppy drives and can tell thee that we were bloody thankful for them.

I switched to a Mac, using one for the first time ever, in 2006. PowerBook G4. Since then I bought 2 MacBooks, a MacBook Pro, and now have two Mac Minis (used as silent servers, one running Parallels running CentOS running SourceForge).

It's great to have computers that (mostly) just work. Like when subversion is installed by default. There is a compiler and full IDE on the install DVD. There are all the tools ready and waiting to debug IP networks. It's a hackers machine.

At the same time it's a machine for aged parents who don't want to be bothered to find out why the BIOS settings are wrong or why the printer drivers don't work or why the WiFi won't connect any more (hint: if you're on a Dell laptop, you probably turned the radio off with Fn-2 by mistake).

Roger Thornhill said...

('andfull of 'ot gravel etc)...And I began with Moto 6800's, not 68000, but 6800. Then on to 6502's, Z80 in a hobby context but then on to PDP11's, VAX 11/780 up to quad CPU 64 bit RISC Alpha 4100's that had 4 prefetch predictive execution pipelines per CPU (in 1996 when PCs were barely coping with NT3.51 on their squitty little 16/32 Pentiums). We spent some time profiling our code to keep key instruction sets on the L2 cache and to make it clear to the predictive branch logic where we would most likely go to squeeze as much out of those Alphas as possible. Great fun. Anyone who is anyone will admire the DEC Alpha chip, it was a masterpiece and many of the innovations it brought are core to the chips of today.

And these PC guys think they know about "REAL" computers? Give me a frikkin break!

As for installing, if the knucklehead decides the PC Install shield is what you MUST use then you MUST use it, and it often goes AWOL for 43 minutes and hangs. There is no way around it...but heck, of course there is a "right" and "wrong" way on PCs, as if anyone should ever have to care or waste precious time finding out.

Anonymous said...

Well my dad's bigger than your dad and he says PCs are better so there.

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