smoketetsuo: (david tennent)
Take a look at this quote I got from a home theater magazine I bought in 1994 which I still have:

"The World is upgrading to multichannel sound, as the technological paths continue to blur the distinctions between your computer, your telephone, your TV, and your Hi-Fi rig towards one all-encompassing multimedia system, a home theater will be the control center of the whole kit 'n' kaboodle. Today a home theater is used mostly for movies and TV shows; tomorrow, it's going to be anything and everything that comes into your home with a picture and sound. One world, one love, one system."

This is interesting to me because it pretty much describes the system I have now. My computer has a screen that would have seemed huge for a computer back then and it has 5.1 DTS or Dolby Digital surround sound. In 1994 regular Dolby Surround was what most people had at home if they had anything (surround sound was only starting to take off in the mainstream at the time), Blu-ray rips.... so better picture than what was available in 94. Even their telephone prediction has come to pass since computers have skype, and even video calls are possible now which they weren't back then and we where looking at movies like Total Recall and wondering when that was going to happen.

I use my current system for everything they describe there. Hell, even my parents TV in the living room has pretty much a computer hooked up to it for the express purpose of watching videos and accessing the internet. Relative to what we had in the mid 90's we ARE living in the future.

We still don't have flying cars, hover-boards or rehydratable pizzas though.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Take a look at this quote I got from a home theater magazine I bought in 1994 which I still have:

"The World is upgrading to multichannel sound, as the technological paths continue to blur the distinctions between your computer, your telephone, your TV, and your Hi-Fi rig towards one all-encompassing multimedia system, a home theater will be the control center of the whole kit 'n' kaboodle. Today a home theater is used mostly for movies and TV shows; tomorrow, it's going to be anything and everything that comes into your home with a picture and sound. One world, one love, one system."

This is interesting to me because it pretty much describes the system I have now. My computer has a screen that would have seemed huge for a computer back then and it has 5.1 DTS or Dolby Digital surround sound. In 1994 regular Dolby Surround was what most people had at home if they had anything (surround sound was only starting to take off in the mainstream at the time), Blu-ray rips.... so better picture than what was available in 94. Even their telephone prediction has come to pass since computers have skype, and even video calls are possible now which they weren't back then and we where looking at movies like Total Recall and wondering when that was going to happen.

I use my current system for everything they describe there. Hell, even my parents TV in the living room has pretty much a computer hooked up to it for the express purpose of watching videos and accessing the internet. Relative to what we had in the mid 90's we ARE living in the future.

We still don't have flying cars, hover-boards or rehydratable pizzas though.
smoketetsuo: (david tennent)
Take a look at this quote I got from a home theater magazine I bought in 1994 which I still have:

"The World is upgrading to multichannel sound, as the technological paths continue to blur the distinctions between your computer, your telephone, your TV, and your Hi-Fi rig towards one all-encompassing multimedia system, a home theater will be the control center of the whole kit 'n' kaboodle. Today a home theater is used mostly for movies and TV shows; tomorrow, it's going to be anything and everything that comes into your home with a picture and sound. One world, one love, one system."

This is interesting to me because it pretty much describes the system I have now. My computer has a screen that would have seemed huge for a computer back then and it has 5.1 DTS or Dolby Digital surround sound. In 1994 regular Dolby Surround was what most people had at home if they had anything (surround sound was only starting to take off in the mainstream at the time), Blu-ray rips.... so better picture than what was available in 94. Even their telephone prediction has come to pass since computers have skype, and even video calls are possible now which they weren't back then and we where looking at movies like Total Recall and wondering when that was going to happen.

I use my current system for everything they describe there. Hell, even my parents TV in the living room has pretty much a computer hooked up to it for the express purpose of watching videos and accessing the internet. Relative to what we had in the mid 90's we ARE living in the future.

We still don't have flying cars, hover-boards or rehydratable pizzas though.
smoketetsuo: (david tennent)
 
 
This is a great video to watch not only if you care one iota about the space program but also to enlighten a little if you don't understand why it's necessary. The space age was quite the era not only for the innovations it sparked but because of the dreaming it  inspired especially with science fiction. Without it we probably wouldn't have 2001: A space Odyssey, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. 

It's unfortunate that without the carrot of a cold war and being afraid another nation would outdo us we as a nation don't care about space any more especially since it's not just about going to the moon or mars but the innovations that come from those endeavors benefit our every day lives... and just think.. half a penny out of every tax dollar is what goes to the space program and they want to take even that away.

My father is one of those "they should spend the money here on earth rather than in the stars" people and I think that's a rather myopic view to be honest. But it seems a lot of people that way and we have those kind of people in office. I wish more people where like Mr. Tyson. 
smoketetsuo: (Default)
 
 
This is a great video to watch not only if you care one iota about the space program but also to enlighten a little if you don't understand why it's necessary. The space age was quite the era not only for the innovations it sparked but because of the dreaming it  inspired especially with science fiction. Without it we probably wouldn't have 2001: A space Odyssey, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. 

It's unfortunate that without the carrot of a cold war and being afraid another nation would outdo us we as a nation don't care about space any more especially since it's not just about going to the moon or mars but the innovations that come from those endeavors benefit our every day lives... and just think.. half a penny out of every tax dollar is what goes to the space program and they want to take even that away.

My father is one of those "they should spend the money here on earth rather than in the stars" people and I think that's a rather myopic view to be honest. But it seems a lot of people that way and we have those kind of people in office. I wish more people where like Mr. Tyson. 
smoketetsuo: (david tennent)
 
 
This is a great video to watch not only if you care one iota about the space program but also to enlighten a little if you don't understand why it's necessary. The space age was quite the era not only for the innovations it sparked but because of the dreaming it  inspired especially with science fiction. Without it we probably wouldn't have 2001: A space Odyssey, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. 

It's unfortunate that without the carrot of a cold war and being afraid another nation would outdo us we as a nation don't care about space any more especially since it's not just about going to the moon or mars but the innovations that come from those endeavors benefit our every day lives... and just think.. half a penny out of every tax dollar is what goes to the space program and they want to take even that away.

My father is one of those "they should spend the money here on earth rather than in the stars" people and I think that's a rather myopic view to be honest. But it seems a lot of people that way and we have those kind of people in office. I wish more people where like Mr. Tyson. 
smoketetsuo: (Martha Jones)
There seems to be quite the hullabaloo on rumors about the next revision of Mac OS X which is rumored to be called "Snow Leopard". Continued inside... )
smoketetsuo: (Default)
There seems to be quite the hullabaloo on rumors about the next revision of Mac OS X which is rumored to be called "Snow Leopard". Continued inside... )
smoketetsuo: (Martha Jones)
There seems to be quite the hullabaloo on rumors about the next revision of Mac OS X which is rumored to be called "Snow Leopard". Continued inside... )
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I pestered the people at gimper.net to post a full-screenshot of the Aqua port of The GIMP and they obliged:

[Take a look]


I noticed it's actually GIMP 2.5. They told me the way the buttons such as the ones to raise\lower the layers, etc. being flat there is the way they are going to be in all versions. I was almost thinking it was a Mac specific change and I approve of it... but all versions will be like that.

The person at gimper.net in charge of the Mac section (Auria) was worried that screenshot may ruin my impression of the Aqua port because the image window is "rough around the edges". I said I didn't mind and seeing it I can understand how those windows turned out that way from the way they are constructed. I actually don't think they look too bad for a beta\alpha and the main thing I would change is making the rulers get the window texture as well as inside the window around the canvas.

She even said the scrollbar texture animation works in there just like with a standard application. That's good news to me. I'm guessing the push buttons in dialog windows such as the save window work just like native as well.

Either way I'm glad to see the kind of progress they have been making on getting The GIMP to be more native. Also just like on Windows manually changing the theme to match the current one I'm using will be a thing of the past.

Not to mention I also really like the menubar integration they have done. I'm guessing we may have to wait for The GIMP 2.5 or 2.6 for this to come out though. It's currently at 2.4.5.. which I am currently running through X11 with a custom theme to match the Shapeshifter theme I'm using.

I can't wait until that version is put into a .app bundle and distributed for Mere Mortals to use.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I pestered the people at gimper.net to post a full-screenshot of the Aqua port of The GIMP and they obliged:

[Take a look]


I noticed it's actually GIMP 2.5. They told me the way the buttons such as the ones to raise\lower the layers, etc. being flat there is the way they are going to be in all versions. I was almost thinking it was a Mac specific change and I approve of it... but all versions will be like that.

The person at gimper.net in charge of the Mac section (Auria) was worried that screenshot may ruin my impression of the Aqua port because the image window is "rough around the edges". I said I didn't mind and seeing it I can understand how those windows turned out that way from the way they are constructed. I actually don't think they look too bad for a beta\alpha and the main thing I would change is making the rulers get the window texture as well as inside the window around the canvas.

She even said the scrollbar texture animation works in there just like with a standard application. That's good news to me. I'm guessing the push buttons in dialog windows such as the save window work just like native as well.

Either way I'm glad to see the kind of progress they have been making on getting The GIMP to be more native. Also just like on Windows manually changing the theme to match the current one I'm using will be a thing of the past.

Not to mention I also really like the menubar integration they have done. I'm guessing we may have to wait for The GIMP 2.5 or 2.6 for this to come out though. It's currently at 2.4.5.. which I am currently running through X11 with a custom theme to match the Shapeshifter theme I'm using.

I can't wait until that version is put into a .app bundle and distributed for Mere Mortals to use.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I pestered the people at gimper.net to post a full-screenshot of the Aqua port of The GIMP and they obliged:

[Take a look]


I noticed it's actually GIMP 2.5. They told me the way the buttons such as the ones to raise\lower the layers, etc. being flat there is the way they are going to be in all versions. I was almost thinking it was a Mac specific change and I approve of it... but all versions will be like that.

The person at gimper.net in charge of the Mac section (Auria) was worried that screenshot may ruin my impression of the Aqua port because the image window is "rough around the edges". I said I didn't mind and seeing it I can understand how those windows turned out that way from the way they are constructed. I actually don't think they look too bad for a beta\alpha and the main thing I would change is making the rulers get the window texture as well as inside the window around the canvas.

She even said the scrollbar texture animation works in there just like with a standard application. That's good news to me. I'm guessing the push buttons in dialog windows such as the save window work just like native as well.

Either way I'm glad to see the kind of progress they have been making on getting The GIMP to be more native. Also just like on Windows manually changing the theme to match the current one I'm using will be a thing of the past.

Not to mention I also really like the menubar integration they have done. I'm guessing we may have to wait for The GIMP 2.5 or 2.6 for this to come out though. It's currently at 2.4.5.. which I am currently running through X11 with a custom theme to match the Shapeshifter theme I'm using.

I can't wait until that version is put into a .app bundle and distributed for Mere Mortals to use.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
There's some rumblings on the internet about a recent job posting for "Touch interface QA personnel". This has lead people to speculate that Apple is going to release the "Mac Touch" soon. On the surface it may sound good but I also am not positive about other things like the graphics card situation.

The reason I say this is because Apple has so far been very conservative in the graphics cards they have chosen to put in the Mac upgrades. For example they put the slowest of the current generation ATI cards in the new iMac and the Powerbook while it has a better GPU has what should be considered a midrange card. The Macbook has a newer intel integrated graphics chip but it's still integrated graphics and the Mac Mini hasn't been upgraded for years except for the CPU of course. On the Mac Pro side they haven't upgraded or offered upgrades for those cards since they first came out. The PC world is leaving the Mac world behind when it comes to graphics cards which goes against what they are saying in their commercials.

So I feel like Apple is mostly focusing on CPUs ever since being in bed with intel and they are going with gimmicks like touch to distract us from that. I'm starting to get fed up with Apple and it makes me want to build my own computer and turn it into a Hackintosh instead of buying the computer itself from Apple. I'd go with a Lian Li case or a custom one that is apple'ish like the G5 Cube. And make my own midrange tower that doesn't feature Xeons but has a better graphics card than in the iMac\Macbook and Mac Pro. If Apple never provides graphics card upgrades to match what is going on on the PC side a Hackintosh will sound better and better all the time.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
There's some rumblings on the internet about a recent job posting for "Touch interface QA personnel". This has lead people to speculate that Apple is going to release the "Mac Touch" soon. On the surface it may sound good but I also am not positive about other things like the graphics card situation.

The reason I say this is because Apple has so far been very conservative in the graphics cards they have chosen to put in the Mac upgrades. For example they put the slowest of the current generation ATI cards in the new iMac and the Powerbook while it has a better GPU has what should be considered a midrange card. The Macbook has a newer intel integrated graphics chip but it's still integrated graphics and the Mac Mini hasn't been upgraded for years except for the CPU of course. On the Mac Pro side they haven't upgraded or offered upgrades for those cards since they first came out. The PC world is leaving the Mac world behind when it comes to graphics cards which goes against what they are saying in their commercials.

So I feel like Apple is mostly focusing on CPUs ever since being in bed with intel and they are going with gimmicks like touch to distract us from that. I'm starting to get fed up with Apple and it makes me want to build my own computer and turn it into a Hackintosh instead of buying the computer itself from Apple. I'd go with a Lian Li case or a custom one that is apple'ish like the G5 Cube. And make my own midrange tower that doesn't feature Xeons but has a better graphics card than in the iMac\Macbook and Mac Pro. If Apple never provides graphics card upgrades to match what is going on on the PC side a Hackintosh will sound better and better all the time.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
There's some rumblings on the internet about a recent job posting for "Touch interface QA personnel". This has lead people to speculate that Apple is going to release the "Mac Touch" soon. On the surface it may sound good but I also am not positive about other things like the graphics card situation.

The reason I say this is because Apple has so far been very conservative in the graphics cards they have chosen to put in the Mac upgrades. For example they put the slowest of the current generation ATI cards in the new iMac and the Powerbook while it has a better GPU has what should be considered a midrange card. The Macbook has a newer intel integrated graphics chip but it's still integrated graphics and the Mac Mini hasn't been upgraded for years except for the CPU of course. On the Mac Pro side they haven't upgraded or offered upgrades for those cards since they first came out. The PC world is leaving the Mac world behind when it comes to graphics cards which goes against what they are saying in their commercials.

So I feel like Apple is mostly focusing on CPUs ever since being in bed with intel and they are going with gimmicks like touch to distract us from that. I'm starting to get fed up with Apple and it makes me want to build my own computer and turn it into a Hackintosh instead of buying the computer itself from Apple. I'd go with a Lian Li case or a custom one that is apple'ish like the G5 Cube. And make my own midrange tower that doesn't feature Xeons but has a better graphics card than in the iMac\Macbook and Mac Pro. If Apple never provides graphics card upgrades to match what is going on on the PC side a Hackintosh will sound better and better all the time.
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
I was just reading the comments over here and I have to day that I'm dismayed.

Long Geeky Rant Inside )
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
I was just reading the comments over here and I have to day that I'm dismayed.

Long Geeky Rant Inside )
smoketetsuo: (Marvin the Paranoid Android)
Why someone would want to use all their applications full screen? I like being able to have different applications open in their own windows. I would hate to be forced to have to use all applications especially instant messengers full screen. I don't like how some people are thinking that full screen for all applications is the future. For some applications like media center type apps or games full screen is an ok thing but other applications it's best to be in windows especially to multitask. To be honest this would be going backwards not making progress. In the past when we didn't have systems like Windows or Mac OS we had to launch programs from the command line and we could only use one program at a time full screen and people actually think this is the future?

I'm happy with how I can be typing this in my LJ client and easily switch to an e-mail or an instant message.

If you want to devote a whole screen to a task then you should use virtual desktops or there is an application for OS X that you can use to set any app to be full screen if you really want that. But dont' force it upon me by having it become the only behavior for all applications in a future OS.

I'm sorry it just sort of struck a nerve with me a bit.

My question to my readers is.. would you like it if all your applications where full screen?
smoketetsuo: (Marvin the Paranoid Android)
Why someone would want to use all their applications full screen? I like being able to have different applications open in their own windows. I would hate to be forced to have to use all applications especially instant messengers full screen. I don't like how some people are thinking that full screen for all applications is the future. For some applications like media center type apps or games full screen is an ok thing but other applications it's best to be in windows especially to multitask. To be honest this would be going backwards not making progress. In the past when we didn't have systems like Windows or Mac OS we had to launch programs from the command line and we could only use one program at a time full screen and people actually think this is the future?

I'm happy with how I can be typing this in my LJ client and easily switch to an e-mail or an instant message.

If you want to devote a whole screen to a task then you should use virtual desktops or there is an application for OS X that you can use to set any app to be full screen if you really want that. But dont' force it upon me by having it become the only behavior for all applications in a future OS.

I'm sorry it just sort of struck a nerve with me a bit.

My question to my readers is.. would you like it if all your applications where full screen?
smoketetsuo: (G4 Cube Girl)
For the Octo Mac Pro they are reportedly using two 3GHz Quad Core Xeons not yet available to anyone else but Apple at this moment. So what you get are brand spanking new killer CPU's but you don't get a matching graphics card to go with it.. even if you customize your system. If I where in the market for such a system I wouldn't want to be short changed in the graphics department.

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