new ibook.

“It comes in G4’s?”


“I’m getting one!”

Seriously. I want the 14″ one. No. I don’t want a powerbook. They’re too big and too heavy, and ugly to boot. I know, its weird. Me saying I don’t want the more power-user computer. But frankly I have to say that the ibook would be a perfect laptop for me. Especially with a G4. I mean, I wanted one before, but was a little put off by the G3, especially once the G5 came out. That and they didn’t have Quartz Extreme (at least, I’m pretty sure) QE is this neat thing that sends all of the OS GUI/rendering tasks to the video card CPU (called a GPU), instead of the system CPU. Why do this? Well, unless you’re playing a game, chances are your video card is doing very little work, and your CPU doing everything else. QE takes some of the load off the CPU, by passing along all the graphics processing to the video card… which should result in an overall speed increase. Well, now they have QE. Not to mention with OS X.3 you get a lot of other cool shit like Expose, a whole programming/development suite called XCode, and rendezvous.

XCode itself is a brilliant piece of programming… supports multiple programming languages (C, C++, Java, Obj. C, more), a drag and drop GUI builder (like Visual Basic), pre-compiles your code in the background for quick testing, and can be setup to do all of this over a network of rendezvous enabled computers. All built around free software, specifically gcc, linux’s primary compiler.

If that wasn’t enough cool shit, most free software (99% of the stuff used on linux) will work on OSX.

Oh yeah, and the apartment is now wireless. So I could use the laptop (or amber could use hers for that matter) anywhere without any cords.

And $100 off cuz I’m a student.

Anyways… enough about that. We’ll leave it at: All I want for christmas and my birthday.

What else is going on? Well, Savannah’s leaving on the 4th. Sad, sad, sad freaking day. Not really feelin like talkin about that.

perl is going well, I keep learning new stuff, which is nice. But we still haven’t started CGI yet, which is what I’m really looking forward to.

Saw Truman Show yesterday. Pretty good stuff there.

at some point in the next couple days I plan to do the reformat reinstall jig… Slack9.1, Win98, Win2k, Syllable… 80 gig hard drive, we’ll probably go 15 each windows, 30 linux, 5 Syllable, 15 or so mp3 (probably on a FAT32 drive, so that all the OSes can see it).

And yeah.

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