Nov 30

Ordered new build-to-order iMac this morning. Delivery supposed to be 18th-21st December.

21.5 inch screen

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB

3.1GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x8GB
1TB Fusion Drive (combines 128GB of super fast flash storage with a traditional hard drive. )
Magic Trackpad, Keyboard, Thunderbolt <-> Firewire adaptor, Applecare.

So that should be handy.

Sep 30

I made $481.27 freelancing online this month. So that was interesting. I made more money from that than from my shareware release. I think most people who self-publish software (shareware, trial ware, App Store, MAS) are in the long tail. I have some ideas for software that can be written fairly quickly that might also actually sell. To get it on the MAS still requires me to pay another freelancer $300 or so to do a retina resolution icon set. So icon designers have a guaranteed income from app programmers.

Jun 08

A Seagate 1TB external drive I was using for Time Machine clattered and clanked and died just outside its two-year warranty the other week. Rather than directly replace it I thought I’d get a bigger drive, move everything from my reliable Buffalo 1TB external drive to the new drive and repurpose the Buffalo drive as a Time Machine Drive.

I believe these are discontinued and the remaining stock is on sale while available.


Special Mac edition in aluminium case pre-formatted in hfs+ ready to use.

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Power supply and cables.



It looks nice, runs cool and is very quiet.


And its warranty runs until 6/6/2015.

Jun 08

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Jun 08

Just stopped working. Opened it up for a look. Ordered replacement 85Mbps unit. The 1000Mbps now cost the same so next time I might replace all four with newer ones.

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May 26

So I wanted to connect my SKY HD box to the internet to receive the SKY Anytime+ service. I already had a Homeplug behind the home theatre setup providing a connection for the NAS.

So I got this.


Eco-friendly cardboard packaging.


Very small.


All wired up and running.


The wiring behind the TV is a little much.


Two HDMI cables, three ethernet cables, 6 pairs of speaker cables for the 5.1 surround sound, a phone cable, two coaxial cables to the dish, a TOS optical audio link, a stereo feed from the HTIB to the wireless headphone base, three mains power leads and three DC power supply leads. Probably something I forgot.


Oct 06


I’m writing this on my iMac, one of the four Apple devices in the house. I’ve been using Apple computers since 1994 when I got a 6100/60. I made my first sale of Mac software in 2001. Apple has come a long way in the ten years since under Steve’s leadership.

Aug 25

I upgraded my iMac from 2GB to 3GB so I could install Lion. My iMac is a late 2006 model Core 2 Duo at 2.16 GHz.

Package from Amazon.
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The Crucial DIMM.


Instructions for accessing the RAM are thoughtfully printed on the underside of the stand.


Two original 1GB DIMMS with one removed (Samsung).


New memory inserted.


Reboot with 3GB RAM 🙂

Jun 04

Nice catch from MacDailyNews: as of the close of market today, Apple is worth more than Microsoft and Intel combined. And some tasty claim chowder on this Bill Gates quote from June 1998, regarding Steve Jobs’s return to Apple as CEO:

“What I can’t figure out is why he [Steve Jobs] is even trying? He knows he can’t win.”

According to Wolfram Alpha, using their mean market caps for the entire month of June 1998 (it was a volatile month amidst the boom), the Wintel combination was worth $339 billion, vs. $3.5 billion for Apple. Put another way, Microsoft and Intel combined were worth 96 times more than Apple then. Since then, you get this.

[From Apple vs. Wintel] via daringfireball

Mar 25

JP Teti:

The iPad only does less than a regular computer to us geeks. To
everyone else, it does more. This is what Motorola and Google and
Samsung and BlackBerry and everyone else, with the sole exception
of Apple, do not get about “open” computing.

Astute analysis of the iPad to regular folks.

[From More Open]

I know a lot of people who would get along better with an iPad than a regular computer 🙂

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