The Personal Computer era is over, and that’s a good thing.
Today, Apple announced their first Intel based laptop. This announcement provides us with some interesting data that can be used to compare the existing platform to its predecessor and to equivalent offerings from the PC world. Comparing Apples to Apples One of the interesting thing is that Apple did not demise its existing Powerbook G4 product line. Whether it’s a question of inventory management having gone awry or an attempt to milk more out of the G4 market, it provides an interesting way to compare Apple laptops from the G4 generation to those of the Intel one. For the purpose of this study, I took data directly on the Apple site, looking at their offerings for the Powerbook and its equivalent on the Intel side of the house, the MacBook Pro. Here’s how they stack up against each other: 15 inch MacBook Pro 15 inch Powerbook G4 Processor 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB on chip sharedL2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 Display 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 resolution, TFTwidescreen 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 960 resolution, TFT widescreen Memory 512MB (single SODIMM) of PC2-5300 (667MHz);two SODIMM slots support up to 2GB 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (running…Read More
Paul Graham published a great essay on the parallels between hackers and painters. I find it funny that this would come up on the net this week as I was pondering some of the same things in the past few weeks, since I visited the amazing Da Vinci show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year. I’d like to add a few points to Paul’s discussion on this, however. Unlike other great forms of art, great programming is more appreciated for its risk taking at the time at which it happens. For example, if you visit the Musee D’Orsay, which covers the full range of 19th century art, you come to realize that the paintings that received the most prizes in art competitions were not the ones that took the most risks. They were generally more bland and the more daring pieces were often the cause of much controversy and shunned by the “people who mattered”. In the same fashion, some of the greatest books in history have had very rough beginning, often being recognized as masterpieces only years after their author’s death. In the programming world, however, a great piece of code is highly praised for its ingenuity…Read More