Mac dreamy

15 02 2007

It’s not about everyone’s favorite Grey’s Anatomy but rather about me wanting a Mac machine. Recently I’ve been trying to look for a really nice – well they are really nice machines – and affordable – well Mac’s price are outrageous in this pirate-infested country – Apple machine that can

  1. browse the net,
  2. play video files,
  3. play music files,
  4. do some office works,
  5. do some fun stuff (games or what-not)
  6. and (if the machine permits) do some programming.

And so having that objectives in mind, I look upon the trusty site. Techie and non-techie people who wish to buy gadgets should take a look at this site, through that site I bought a Palm TX which I gave to my girlfriend. Anyway, I was amazed to see iBook G3 sold as low as PHP15K and iBook G4 for PHP30K. It got me thinking, should I buy one of those knowing too well that the PowerPC architecture is as good as dead? For starters, the iBook G3 though pretty old is a nice bargain, at that price I could do at least 1-4 requirements for me. The real problem now is, can I do some programming. Searching the web, I found out that I can do some Java 5 programming with it, how sweet! Unfortunately, somehow already bought the iBook, poor me. And so now I’m back dreaming again of a Mac notebook, an Intel-based one.


Vista in our midst

12 02 2007

Well it has been a long time since I last blogged about any technology news lately due to busy work skeds. Anyway, the last February 3, 2007 Microsoft Philippines launched its newest operating system dubbed Microsoft Windows Vista. A couple of my friends have already installed Windows Vista in their PCs and laptops weeks before it was publicly launced. I was fortunate enough to tinker with the new OS. Asthetically speaking it looks good, the Aero interface which Microsoft trumpeted, is pleasing to the eye, its a pretty nice departure from the Disney-blue theme in Windows XP. I even asked my girlfriend about it and she likes the theme because it resembles Mac OS X – which unfortunately both of us do not possess. I also liked the revamped start-up menu – I never liked the Start button, it feels out of place, seems like it needed another button, a Stop button perhaps. The start-up menu is clean, no more desktop clutter when you click the All Programs menu, there is a built-in search tool, which is a nice improvement to the horrible Search function in Windows XP. The start-up menu is pretty responsive compared to Windows XP start-up menu eventhough both of them are running with the same specs. Good thing also is the revamp of Windows Explorer, about time if you ask me, the addition of bread-crumbs trail is very much welcome, having toyed with that style in Linux, it surely is efficient compared to manually typing “C:\Folder\”.

Overall, the look-and-feel of Windows Vista is refreshing. But frankly I was expecting for more. I havent yet tested the other new features touted by Microsoft in Windows Vista, rest assured I will do that in the upcoming weeks, but right now Im still happy with my Windows XP.