Category Archives: Hardware

64-bit Mobile

Probably the least interesting and noticed and talked about feature of the new iPhone 5S and iPad is the 64-bit A7 processor.
I guess it had to happen eventually but why now? Maybe this is to get Apple ready to ditch Intel for desktop and move into A* processors across the board?

Windows Phone 7 Thoughts

Yesterday I saw a preview of a Windows Phone 7 (WP7, or #WP7 on Twitter) when Joey deVilla and John Bristowe were in town for a one day coffee and code at a Second Cup in downtown Edmonton.
I’m not going to do a big preview of the phone, I didn’t get that kind of access. I tried out a demo phone running Windows Phone 7 software. Engadget did a great preview with lots of details. Is Windows 7 going to kill the iPhone? I really doubt it. Will it kill Android? I think its likely to take a lot of market from Android, but I’ll talk about that later.
I’m not interested in Apps. WP7 will have Twitter apps, and has Facebook integration built in. Probably a lot of the popular iPhone and Android software will eventually get ported over to WP7. As a web developer I am most interested in the web browsing experience, and it looked pretty good. Continue reading Windows Phone 7 Thoughts

My New Laptop: Sony Vaio VGN-FW265D

I recently bought a new Sony Vaio Laptop.  Typically I don’t like Sony for much, what with all their rootkits and such.  There were a few reasons I decided to buy this laptop though: it had 4GB of RAM, it had a wide-screen (1600×900) and it had a BluRay drive and it was under $1200.

To put it short, this computer is excellent for development. It’s got all the RAM I need to run Visual Studio, and SQL Server and even some virtual machines.  The screen is fantastic and a great resolution for developing on.  I’m a big fan of wide screens because I can fit more code onto the screen.

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I’m a PC

In honour of my new computer, some of the quality issues in recent computers and the Apple Get A Mac Ads I had an idea for a new TV script.

So here goes:

Scene opens with PC and Mac standing there beside each other.

PC: I’m a PC.

Mac: And I’m a Mac.

PC: Hey Mac, you’ve got something on your face.

PC indicates a spot on his face.
Mac rubs his face. A huge scratch stretches across his face.

PC: Umm, Mac, you just scratched your face.

Mac: No I didn’t.

PC: Yes, I think you did.

PC’s leg falls off, then explodes.

Mac rolls his eyes at camera.

Mac (smug): I don’t explode, or crash.

Mac’s leg explodes, but he doesn’t notice. Mac closes eyes and lies down on the ground.

PC: Wake up Mac!

Mac opens eyes and stands up.

Mac: I wasn’t sleeping.

Steve Jobs comes on

Steve Jobs (smugly, but that is how he always talks): Macs are the best computers. Much better than PCs.

Mac starts to glow a bright orangy colour

Steve Jobs (still smugly): Macs are the best computers. Much better than PCs.

Steve Jobs’ hair catches fire.

Steve Jobs (even more smugly): I’ll bet you wish your hair was on fire.

Aaaaand Scene. Okay, that was fun. I’m not a PC zealot and I would love to own a Mac (though I’m waiting for their quality issues to pass before paying the premium prices Apple charges). I ordered a new PC the other day, and I got some really good quality parts. Windows XP is very stable, and I haven’t had a virus in the last 8 years or so. So I don’t know what the fuss is about.

I think Apple is spreading a lot of FUD with their ads, while at the same time taking a long time owning up to the problems that arise in their own hardware.

While Dell doesn’t make really awesome hardware, they at least own up to the issues in their hardware fairly quickly.