Macs Cheaper than PCs?

This article does an analysis of the cost of the most recent iMac with an equivalently configured PC.

[PCs are cheaper than Macs]…
Anyone who has done fair price comparisons between Apple’s line of computers and other namebrand OEM PCs know this not to be true. At least not anymore. Not for at least 5 years. Most of those still making this claim do so by making the mistake that because they can configure a PC with less, that PCs cost less as well. The argument makes as much sense as me pointing to an eMac, comparing it to an Alienware PC then claiming Mac price superiority.

Of course, its when you compare the two machines with the same specs, the price evens out. But because you can’t custom build a Mac like you can a PC, the PC must be equipped to match the Mac’s default specs. You can’t do it the other way around.

Take a look here before you make your claim that PCs are cheaper in the future [[:-)]]

How’s Your Candidate Doing?

Mine’s not doing so well.

I’m not voting for either of the major candidates this time around, so I’m not really represented by this.

However, for those that are, Bush 311 electoral college votes to Kerry’s 207.

To be honest, I think that whoever wins, its a disaster for our country.

Windows Shuts Down LAX

Leaving a computer on froze the system.

The recent shutdown of LAX due to an FAA radio outage was apparently caused by a Windows 2000 integration flaw, possibility related to an old Windows 95 bug. An article at the LA Times claims that the outage was caused by human error, as the system will automatically shut down after 49.7 days (related to this Windows 95 flaw?), and a technician didn’t reboot the system monthly as he should have. This happened after an upgrade from Unix to Windows. I don’t think blame should be assigned to the technician who missed the task; rather, it seems a gross oversight for the FAA to guarantee that such a critical system will crash after only one missed maintenance task. Who’s really at fault?

Serves them right for **downgrading** from Unix to Windows. Hmmm…. let me check the uptime of my iMac at home that serves my website and email and files, and everything else (for those that aren’t sure, MacOSX is Unix):

21:25 up 115 days, 6:59, 3 users, load averages: 1.19 1.12 0.69

Hmm…. no need for a reboot there.

When are people going to learn!!!!!

From the follow-up comments:

*Where do you want to go*

Dear microsoft,

The above question was posed in a line of your advertisements well, after spending an hour and a half on a plane on the runway in oakland, and another hour on the runway in l.a. (sunday night), i think i have the answer. i want to go home. sounds like a simple enough request, or so i thought.

But here is what i really want: i would like you (microsoft, inc.), to stop selling your products to mission critical and infrastructure operations until such a time as they are ready to do so. when my desktop computer at work crashes (admittedly a rare occurance nowadays), i am inconvenienced. when hundreds of thousands of travellers in airports across the world are delayed because one of the busiest airports in the world is shut down due to a 10 year old known bug in your operating systems that has not been fixed, that is simply not acceptable. i realize that buyers of software and IT systems are easily suckered or bribed into using your systems, that is why i am appealing directly to you. please exit this market before we are forced to legislate you out.


Questions Answered from the Libertarian Candidate

[[Slashdot]] asked the Libertarian candidate for President of the United States a series of 15 questions.

I think that if you read the responses with an open mind and truly think about the answers, you’ll come to find that you agree with him more than you do the other candidates.

And for those of you that I can already hear saying “wasted vote”, he has this to say:

If the “wasted vote” argument ever held any water, it doesn’t any more. The two major parties have moved toward a weird, non-existent “center” for the last 50 years, to the point where it’s difficult to tell them apart.

We could argue all day about whether Bush or Kerry is the “lesser evil.” The fact is that they both support the war in Iraq. They both oppose gun rights. They both supported the PATRIOT Act. They both support the war on drugs. They both support confiscatory taxation. They both support ruinously high levels of spending, huge deficits and increasing debt.

It’s hard to tell them apart on the real issues. They spend their time scrapping over “swing votes” in the gray area of the “center” — which means, in practice, “how do I not make too many people too angry to vote for me?” That’s no way to do politics. Politics, in my view, should be as unimportant as possible — but where it’s important, it has to value freedom, remain rooted in principle and be forward-looking.

All I can tell the “lesser of two evils” folks is that if they keep voting for evil, they’ll keep getting evil. If you don’t like the way things are, how do you change it by voting for more of the same?

Think about it.

It’s Done: Europe 18 1/2, US 9 1/2

This equaled the worst loss in the history of the cup (in the other case, the US beat Europe). Europe simply spanked us.

That’s gotta be a body blow to the American squad, and perhaps American professional golf in general.

I just gotta say it: I’m really disappointed in how our guys came out for this tournament. The Europeans seem to act like they really want it right from the very beginning. Our guys diddn’t seem to want it until it was clear they were going to loose it again!

What’s up with that!

Was Payne Stewart the difference? We need more guys like him. Riley, DeMarco… they seemed to get it.

US Should be Embarrassed

Europe leads the US in the [[Ryder Cup]] 11-5.

You don’t necessarily expect the heavily favored US team to win, but you at least expect them to show up.

It’s clear that Europe just wants it more.

Europe Spanks US in Morning Rounds

They’re doing it to us again!

Europe takes the lead after the Friday morning matches 3 1/2 – 1/2 showing the yanks a thing or two.

It took a 7-foot par putt from a rookie for Team USA to earn its only half-point of the morning four-ball play at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches. Without Chris Riley’s clutch putt, Team Europe would have completed a staggering sweep of the Friday morning matches.
Still, Team USA now faces a large deficit to overcome — exactly the scenario U.S. Captain Hal Sutton had hoped to avoid.

I’ll have my daughter back me some humbile pie for Tiger and Co.