Sunday, 24 February 2008

OSX Leopard - Why Not ?

PC Magazine’s Edward Mendelson muses that “Leopard again raises the question of whether to switch from Windows to a Mac. I’ve found Vista to be a major disappointment that tends to look worse the more I use it.” Mac OS X Leopard, on the other hand, “is easier to manage and maintain and I vastly prefer OS X to Windows for Web-browsing, mail, and especially for any task that involves graphics, music, or video. Leopard performs all such tasks even better than previous versions did—and Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today’s world of networked computers and peripherals.” In fact Mendelson believes “it’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else.”

See the full article here.

The only reason I *need* to use the Windows O/S is for certain kinds of software development. Everything else, for me personally, is better done in Mac OSX. For my software development I use Parallels or VMWare Fusion and run the Windows O/S virtualised. For me it is the perfect solution.

Apple’s computers are sexy, beautiful and a joy to use, as is OSX. When I need Windows it’s there within a window on the OSX desktop. The best of both worlds.

Even my ASP.Net based website runs within a virtualised Windows 2003 server hosted on a Mac Mini !

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." - Donald Trump

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Woman Dreams of Bomb ...

... so hundreds of people are evacuated from a North Sea Oil Platform. The woman, guilty of dreaming about a bomb, has been flown to Aberdeen Police Station for questioning. Apparently her dream caused the biggest security incident ever in the North Sea.

The full story from the Guardian can be found here.

If, as a nation, we continue with these over-reactions then we give the terrorists what they want. If their goal is to cause disruption and chaos within Western society - then they are winning, or have already won.

"The cruelest lies are often told in silence." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Online Tax Returns ... Too Risky ?

From October anybody in the UK wishing to file a Self Assessment Tax Return will have to do so online, otherwise they risk ‘severe financial penalties’.

Unless you are rich or famous.

In which case the system is not secure enough and you will be treated differently.

Are we not all entitled to the same level of protection and security regardless of our wealth or fame ?

For the full story see the Daily Telegraph

This kind of thing *really* annoys me ...

"The only difference between a rut and a grave... is in their dimensions." - Ellen Glasglow