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There'll always be a market for physically-large... 152 Views / 4 Replies  
There'll always be a market for physically-large sensors, even if that ends up being for light-field photography. Even with the best cameraphone sensors and lenses you'll still have a smaller...
Posted by OtisWild, on Nov 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM, in Tech News
Hate to say it, but these are pretty poor. Both... 637 Views / 6 Replies  
Hate to say it, but these are pretty poor. Both should have at least 1080p and touchscreens for this much money.
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM, in Tech News
omg 90" of screen.. I guess that's what you gets... 467,327 Views / 1,145 Replies  
omg 90" of screen.. I guess that's what you gets when you invent teh internets..
Posted by OtisWild, on May 21, 2007 at 01:27 PM, in Mac Desktops
Keep in mind also that on the Macbook, video... 1,749 Views / 13 Replies  
Keep in mind also that on the Macbook, video speed is dependent on RAM speed. So, if you do even mild gaming on the Macbook, you'll be better off with 667.
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 9, 2007 at 11:51 AM, in Mac Notebooks
Meh. Mac Pro == too expensive for normal folks... 3,533 Views / 43 Replies  
Meh. Mac Pro == too expensive for normal folks who only need a smokin' PCIe GPU, 1 CPU slot and 4 sticks of RAM (that is, the standard desktop PC).
Posted by OtisWild, on Feb 1, 2007 at 12:37 PM, in Mac Desktops
That's funny, I find Apple's display of TrueType... 5,131 Views / 55 Replies  
That's funny, I find Apple's display of TrueType fonts much cleaner than Windows.. For example, I imported the Apple Myriad TTFs into XP and they look like junk. On Linux/KDE they look far better...
Posted by OtisWild, on Feb 1, 2007 at 12:34 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Since 2.0.0 (and possibly earlier), WoW on... 13,069 Views / 27 Replies  
Since 2.0.0 (and possibly earlier), WoW on Macbook has improved dramatically. Before the patch, I was getting 3-5fps in Ironforge, after the patch (and before the Burning Crusade neutron bomb hit...
Posted by OtisWild, on Feb 1, 2007 at 12:25 PM, in Gaming
Thus, the XP box. Unfortunately. 7,812 Views / 71 Replies  
Thus, the XP box. Unfortunately.
Posted by OtisWild, on Jan 11, 2007 at 01:07 PM, in Mac OS X
I'll stay with XP until World of Warcraft... 7,812 Views / 71 Replies  
I'll stay with XP until World of Warcraft requires Vista, or until Apple releases the xMac. I want a Core 2 Duo/Quadro with 4 DDR2/3 slots and a PCIe x16 slot for bog-standard video cards, for $999...
Posted by OtisWild, on Jan 11, 2007 at 11:10 AM, in Mac OS X
What format, resolution of video does it shoot? ... 8,578 Views / 166 Replies  
What format, resolution of video does it shoot?
When you hold it sideways, do you get a landscape keyboard?
Where's the GPS?
Where's the Skype or other VoIP?
Corporate Email?
When you lay...
Posted by OtisWild, on Jan 11, 2007 at 11:01 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Actually, that requires the hard drive setup... 8,549 Views / 67 Replies  
Actually, that requires the hard drive setup since 1080p support is enabled by a downloadable patch, so it's at least $399. And there's no HDMI or digital DVI connector available for the 360 to my...
Posted by OtisWild, on Jan 11, 2007 at 10:33 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
In the immortal word of Lex Luthor: ... 3,730 Views / 50 Replies  
In the immortal word of Lex Luthor:
WRONNNNNNGGG!

ISight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isight) :
"iSight's ¼-inch color CCD sensor has a 640×480-pixel VGA...
Posted by OtisWild, on Dec 28, 2006 at 02:37 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I just hope it can take bog-standard PCIe video... 10,331 Views / 132 Replies  
I just hope it can take bog-standard PCIe video cards, instead of the bloody OpenFirmware-capable sort. If I could put my current 7800GTX in one, I'd dump my gaming PC in a second (or rather,...
Posted by OtisWild, on Jul 13, 2006 at 10:52 AM, in Mac Desktops
No firewire = screw loyal macistas 31,496 Views / 335 Replies  
No problem for me, I did a handbuild XP box after the last G5 refresh/fiasco, and now I have like 8 USB2 ports as well as 2 Firewire 400 and 1 Firewire 800.

I also get 34fps in Ironforge @...
Posted by OtisWild, on Sep 9, 2005 at 07:49 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
And other shareware apps like, say, Word for Mac?... 12,486 Views / 280 Replies  
And other shareware apps like, say, Word for Mac? Toast? App crashing and taking down the system was a big problem for normal people in pre-OSX/Win2k/Linux days. Not saying of those antediluvian...
Posted by OtisWild, on Sep 6, 2005 at 04:08 PM, in Mac OS X
OS 9 was clunky, platinum was ugly compared to... 12,486 Views / 280 Replies  
OS 9 was clunky, platinum was ugly compared to Aqua (then again, what isn't?), the system would freeze when I burned a CD, and I would have to reboot periodically to clean out instabilities related...
Posted by OtisWild, on Sep 6, 2005 at 12:38 PM, in Mac OS X
Sleeve/carry case, extra batter(y|ies), screen... 4,112 Views / 51 Replies  
Sleeve/carry case, extra batter(y|ies), screen protector (that rests between the screen and kybd when closed). I'd also go for a bluetooth kybd/mouse if you plan to use this as a home desktop as...
Posted by OtisWild, on Aug 17, 2005 at 01:49 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The 2 big wins are: * integration with the... 4,112 Views / 51 Replies  
The 2 big wins are:
* integration with the iLife suite, so when making a DVD you can use your audio tracks as soundtracks automagically.
* running OS X instead of Windows.

I recently migrated my...
Posted by OtisWild, on Aug 17, 2005 at 12:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Interesting idea.. Build a kybd 'tray' that can... 9,082 Views / 103 Replies  
Interesting idea.. Build a kybd 'tray' that can clip over the display and act as a scratch cover, with an integrated touchpad (or even a tablet), it'd be like one of the old-skool luggables people...
Posted by OtisWild, on Aug 16, 2005 at 01:22 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Mac portable graphics cards are actually pretty... 4,112 Views / 51 Replies  
Mac portable graphics cards are actually pretty decent, considering the battery life and weight you get with them. The OS is clearly far superior to any other in its class in terms of usability,...
Posted by OtisWild, on Aug 16, 2005 at 01:15 PM, in Mac Notebooks
On-die memory controllers reduce latency, which... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
On-die memory controllers reduce latency, which can improve the "snappiness" of the interface ;)



With Opterons, each CPU has its own dual-channel bank of RAM, and NUMA so one CPU's memory can...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 06:12 PM, in Mac Desktops
Apple doesn't make their systems compatible with... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Apple doesn't make their systems compatible with PC partsbin video boards, they require Apple BIOS 'secret sauce' for "Mac editions". If Apple were to put support for partsbin cards into their own...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 05:41 PM, in Mac Desktops
AMD's on-chip memory controllers reduce memory... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
AMD's on-chip memory controllers reduce memory access latency, and the fastest RAM in a G5 doesn't get up to 1.35GHz anyway. Also IIRC SMP in Mac goes over the bus while in AMD land SMP has its own...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 02:25 PM, in Mac Desktops
Yes, you can upgrade (but only in a Powermac, but... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Yes, you can upgrade (but only in a Powermac, but I'll leave that alone), but I reiterate:

APPLE VIDEO CARD SELECTION IS CRAP.

BTO or otherwise.

It's scandalous how completely crap BTO...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 02:11 PM, in Mac Desktops
Nope, the GV-3D1 is a single-slot dual-GPU board.... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
Nope, the GV-3D1 is a single-slot dual-GPU board.

I am pretty much gonna go for that for my next system I think. I like doing handbuilt systems, and it may be another year or 18 months (if ever) ...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 03:22 AM, in Mac Desktops
My family's kind enough to store my old Apple... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
My family's kind enough to store my old Apple ][+, IIgs and Franklin Ace 1200 since my apartment doesn't have the room to spare. My Cube is in parts on my table pending either upgrades or eBay, and...
Posted by OtisWild, on May 1, 2005 at 03:12 AM, in Mac Desktops
Naah, the AMD isn't that bad. The 8xx series was... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Naah, the AMD isn't that bad. The 8xx series was designed with 3 HT buses for crossbar SMP (instead of junky shared bus like Intel) so adding an extra core should just mean using one of them...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 27, 2005 at 04:49 PM, in Mac Desktops
Never fear, Intel's dual core is teh suck. Both... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Never fear, Intel's dual core is teh suck. Both cores suck off a 800mhz FSB, which is asinine. Plus, those cores can't clock past 3.2GHz yet, and they're useless in gaming and single-threaded...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 27, 2005 at 04:26 PM, in Mac Desktops
Wow, even more pathetic than I had feared! ... 3,811 Views / 53 Replies  
Wow, even more pathetic than I had feared!

No more X800? That was the only video adapter besides the 6800U that was worth a damn!

Man, Apple must _really_ be hating the transition to PCIe.. ...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 27, 2005 at 10:50 AM, in Mac Desktops
Where's the machine that buries x86 in... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Where's the machine that buries x86 in _everything_?

Not just Photoshop filters, but Doom3.

Games, man, games!!!

Without ownage of gaming benchmarks, Apple claims to power will ring hollow. ...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 27, 2005 at 10:49 AM, in Mac Desktops
Yah, my bad typo, I meant 5200. Which is an... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Yah, my bad typo, I meant 5200.

Which is an even bigger and sadder piece of jokey junk.
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 27, 2005 at 02:35 AM, in Mac Desktops
Dude, we're talking _Apple_ here, any effing BTO... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
Dude, we're talking _Apple_ here, any effing BTO video board would cost an arm and a leg, PCIe or no, they already do..

Besides, Apple has a hard-on for ATI for whatever reason, and ATI are...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 26, 2005 at 09:38 PM, in Mac Desktops
It wouldn't be so bad.... 15,564 Views / 181 Replies  
... if Apple juiced up the vidcards at least!

These should be running stock Geforce 6800s on the 2.0/2.3 and 6800gts on the 2.7, no extra charge. You can't even pick ATIs that compare except for...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 26, 2005 at 07:28 PM, in Mac Desktops
Well, if they're not PCIe by the time those... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
Well, if they're not PCIe by the time those Samsung 1080p monitors come out, I'm building an Athlon rig. Besides, the dual-core Athlons might be out by then, though frankly the mid-to-high range...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 24, 2005 at 02:59 AM, in Mac Desktops
That's somewhat incorrect: two 6600gts SLI'd have... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
That's somewhat incorrect: two 6600gts SLI'd have benched faster than a single 6800gt in many cases (particularly UT2004 at 1600x1200), and the two together cost less combined than that 6800gt..
...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 24, 2005 at 02:55 AM, in Mac Desktops
Quietest Mac? 1,281 Views / 20 Replies  
Probably a netbooted Cube that's had its hard drive removed.

Get one with the original Radeon, and there'd be no fans whatsoever.

How to netboot a Mac:
http://mike.passwall.com/macnc/

(or...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 21, 2005 at 07:28 PM, in Mac Desktops
NVidia gets away with this by passing all that... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
NVidia gets away with this by passing all that traffic over its SLI connector rather than the x8 bus. Granted, driving 2x16 with an open interleaving standard would be preferable, but I doubt ATI...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 21, 2005 at 12:22 PM, in Mac Desktops
I know people who use their 30", 23/24", and even... 467,327 Views / 1,145 Replies  
I know people who use their 30", 23/24", and even 15" powerbooks as their primary TVs. They live in really tiny Manhattan apartments, so it makes perfect sense.

I, on the other hand, have a nice...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 20, 2005 at 09:04 PM, in Mac Desktops
I have a sinking feeling that the new Powermacs... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
I have a sinking feeling that the new Powermacs won't be much faster, have PCI Express or come with better stock videocards.

PCIe is important because it has full bandwidth bidirectionally, which...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 20, 2005 at 08:52 PM, in Mac Desktops
Hope it's got firewire built in.... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
Hope it's got firewire built in....
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 20, 2005 at 08:47 PM, in Mac Desktops
You could always netboot.... 1,092 Views / 17 Replies  
... Cubes can IIRC boot off of a network server, so you could always pull the HDD and boot off a server in the basement/attic/soundproof closet....
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 20, 2005 at 08:40 PM, in Mac Desktops
Indeed. Kinda like: "Can you tell me what time... 6,564 Views / 74 Replies  
Indeed. Kinda like:
"Can you tell me what time it is?"
"Time to get a new watch!"

True, but useless...



Bad example picking BMWs.. Given how badly the recent ones have been Bangled and...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 8, 2005 at 09:12 PM, in Mac Desktops
Re: Re: Re: Un-switchers 24,392 Views / 193 Replies  
Nope, I go by the word from a few Linux admin power users who bought minis as 'proto-switchers'. They bought the stock 256MB minis. They say it is slow, even compared to comparably-priced PC beige...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 2, 2005 at 04:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Re: Un-switchers 24,392 Views / 193 Replies  
Most graphical opensource apps are based on X11 primarily, with Win32 API support (often thru a toolkit like GTK or Qt) as a popular second. While Apple offers X11 as a separate process, I doubt...
Posted by OtisWild, on Apr 2, 2005 at 12:12 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Not to mention they should be building the next... 6,890 Views / 30 Replies  
Not to mention they should be building the next mobo with at least dual SLI.

Also, given PCIe has full-duplex bandwidth (as opposed to AGP, with roughly the same bandwidth but only from host to...
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 25, 2005 at 07:03 PM, in Mac Desktops
Poll: Re: Re: Re: Re: Quicktime 11,241 Views / 110 Replies  
OK then, how do you address the Services menu from a context-sensitive menu finder plugin? How do you do the translation between AEDescLists and NSMenus?

It may very well be possible. It is...
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 17, 2005 at 03:31 PM, in Mac OS X
Poll: Re: Re: Sync without .mac 11,241 Views / 110 Replies  
I use iSync to keep my P800 sync'd. Is iSync going away?

Talk about a reason to NOT upgrade...
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 15, 2005 at 02:52 PM, in Mac OS X
Poll: Re: Re: Quicktime 11,241 Views / 110 Replies  
This is not necessarily true. There's stuff related to the Finder in particular that is cannot cross the divide in a consistent way. The underlying technology matters when it can't be properly or...
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 15, 2005 at 02:51 PM, in Mac OS X
Poll: It does already. ... 11,241 Views / 110 Replies  
It does already.

http://www.sente.ch/software/GPGMail/
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 12, 2005 at 12:54 PM, in Mac OS X
Poll: Services menu in right-click 11,241 Views / 110 Replies  
Services menu in right-click.

I really want to see that in the Finder and everywhere else. As it is, there's no real linkage between the two at a systems level (Services is cocoa, Finder is...
Posted by OtisWild, on Mar 12, 2005 at 12:45 PM, in Mac OS X
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