David H Dennis


David H Dennis
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  • Apple's new M1 graphics work makes resolution shifts instantaneous

    Rayz2016 said:

    Right, are they saying that's it for new Intel-based hardware?
    Well, if you put yourself in their shoes, would you want to introduce new models distinctly inferior in nearly every way to what you've already introduced in Apple Silicon?

    That would feel like an embarrassment, for sure.

    I'm kinda shocked how many people there are out there using Windows on a Mac.  I guess it makes sense because buying a Mac gives you a great Unix machine to work on your web sites while still giving you the commercial software of a more or less mainstream environment.  But I never really thought of being able to run Windows as that big a deal.  Getting Parallels and a Windows license is about the same cost as buying a new low-end Windows machine, and that gives you the full masochistic Windows experience that people who use your software receive.

    I'm curious, why are people talking about Brew being in a difficult state during the transition?  Doesn't Brew download and compile from source?  I would think that would work on the new machines pretty much by definition.
  • New 'Behind the Mac' ad features Kendrick Lamar, Gloria Steinem, Billie Eilish, more

    Lisa Simpson using a "Mapple" computer struck me as a somewhat odd inclusion. I still like it though!
    I think that particular Mapple model cost about half Homer’s entire household income for the year, which I suppose makes it a bit poignant.

    The Simpson’s episode did get the right idea about the Cube, which never sold.

    I considered buying one but noticed the regular Mac Pro was a much better deal.

    And Apple is still figuring out what we want and selling it to us, year after year, even without Steve Mobs.  The Simpsons episode was very funny and very accurate.  And you could tell that despite the bitter satire, at heart they really loved Apple.  Funny, that.

  • Apple Silicon M1 Macs do not support eGPUs

    I will admit to not knowing too much about this, but my impression was that eGPUs were connected to Intel’s PCI standard, and therefore would only function with Intel chipsets.  So of course Apple Silicon would not support EGPUs.

    If I understood the keynote correctly, it seemed like the Apple CPUs and graphics chips were designed to work directly together, cutting the overhead of external chipsets and therefore much faster and more efficient.  This means you are counting on Apple’s graphics engineers as your sole source for graphics developments.  

    I was expecting to see a 16” MacBook Pro after the 13” MacBook Pro.  So I was disappointed that didn’t happen. But the logical conclusion is that the larger MacBook Pro systems are going to be considerably faster than the lesser models and therefore very much worth looking at.  I think we should pass judgement on Apple’s solutions here when the larger machine is introduced and benchmarked.

    However, I’m tempted to buy a 13” MacBook Pro just so I can say I have it and am on the cutting edge ... just the typical programmer’s ego I’m afraid.

  • Apple introduces new Apple Silicon Mac mini with $699 price tag

    You know, it’s interesting that they introduced the new chips in a room filled with Pro Display XDR’s and at least one Mac Pro.

    With the Pro Display XDR and its infamous stand, sometimes I think Apple products have been designed for people with the net worths of Apple executives, all of who could quite trivially afford a Pro Display XDR and stand.  Maybe even two or three.

    But really everything I saw was priced in line with its predecessors so I guess not so bad.

    Would love to be able to afford two Pro Display XDR’s for my Mac Mini, though.  Except I think I read it can drive only one.  Oops.

  • Apple backtracks on App Store removal threat for Unix shell iOS apps

    The Philippines.  Sometime in the early 2000s.  I was visiting to enjoy hot weather and sweet women.  And I did.

    Fancy cellphones were THE status symbol in the Philippines just like cars were in the USA.  People would brag about their new Nokia model just like we would brag about our new BMW.  And of course they used them, texting like madmen and women.  I couldn’t help but notice that my sweet women would be more in love with their phones than they were with me.  So I played along with the gag and treated Celly the cellphone like she was a member of the family.  It got some laughs.

    So one day one of the sweet women came to me and said “David I think Celly is sick.”  She was running very sluggishly.  I offered to help.  It didn’t take long to find out that Celly, one of the newfangled phones with nice big screens and awkward controls, was in fact sick - she had a virus.  I found the removal tool and after about an hour or so of fiddling I was able to get it to work again.  I was a hero!

    Turns out it was a bit worse than that.  The virus promised sexy jokes.  When you pulled them up it called special expensive numbers.  The virus ran out a bill of over $300, and unlike 976 numbers in the USA there was no option to take them off of the bill.  You were stuck paying them.  As a result she had to cancel her service since she did not have the money or anywhere near it.

    Worse yet it spread by sending itself to everyone in your address book.  And her best friend had the same model phone as her, so she wound up getting the virus and staring at some remarkably vulgar pics.  It cooled their friendship for about a week, until we all figured out what was going on.  Fortunately most of the people it sent the virus to didn’t have that model phone so it resulted in confusion and nothing more.

    Ever since that ordeal I have had enormous sympathy for companies that felt they had to control the software running on their devices.  It is just too vulnerable to scams.  And of course it is even more so today.