Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

I'm most of the way through watching Jobs' WWDC demo from yesterday, where he announces the switch from PowerPC to Intel processors. A few things worth noting.


First, Jobs is such a great presenter. If you build and/or give presentations as part of your job, you owe it to yourself to watch Jobs talk whenever you have a chance.

Second, Apple is really smart. To have the foresight to make OS X platform independent from the beginning, and to have a 'secret' team working on making sure that every version of OS X runs on Intel. For the past five years. Seeing the flexibility that gives them... smart.

Third, everything, everything about Apple is slick. Don't think I need to say more there.

Fourth, the fact that you won't be able to run OS X / Intel on a non-Apple Intel box isn't a big deal. I mean, really, who wants to run OS X on a boring, grey tower? Do you see me using my old Dell monitor with a Mac Mini... I don't think so! People who buy Apple want to whole stack.

What we are more likely to see, however, is some very good performance for emulation of Windows apps, or even folks running Windows XP full out on their Mac hardware. This transition makes the Mac/Intel less of a closed hardware platform, which can only be good for Apple.


A post that really needs to be written: Why what you are talking about is not tacit knowledge, and because of that, I'm having a hard time not flipping the bozo bit on you.