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December 4, 2004

On Hardware and Cloneland

Posted by Mike on December 4, 2004 12:37 PM

A quick note re: life in cloneland and its discontents...

I guess I don't mind spreading the guts of a machine out all over the floor and trying to put three machines together to make one good one. This morning so far, in order:

And that's about where we're at. The difference, I guess, is having the eMac sitting here in all of its sealed box glory. I can go in to the elbows on the clone and it's no big... building your own is cheaper as long as your time is free, etc. etc. Good to have a pearly white box that trained professionals will come to fix, though.

So... off to the computer store for a few niceties, some rearranging, and then back to life in a three platform home.


And is this all for Keyhole? (smile)

Posted by: Michael at December 5, 2004 12:12 AM

No... It's for work. But keyhole will certainly make it more worthwhile. :-)

Posted by: mph at December 5, 2004 12:38 AM

um, what's keyhole? why's work moving you clones?

Posted by: gl. [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 11, 2004 12:37 AM

Keyhole is a nifty tool that uses satellite images and nice OpenGL effects to create a really, really neat magic-carpet-like mapping effect. It's like Nat'l Geographic's Topo!, Mapquest, and that "Genesis Effect" video from Star Trek's II-IV all rolled into one. Win only, sadly.

And I note that National Geographic has just trotted out a $19.95 3d flyover tool to go with Topo!. That's pretty cool. Also Win only, alas.

The work thing is a matter of being able to evaluate software I write about from time to time, mainly IM clients. And there appear to be differences in the way Word for Mac and Word for Windows render pages (strange but true, having experienced it personally). That's snarling me up in other ways. So now I bathe in the light of two monitors on the desk. The Win machine pretty much lives in Konfabulator.

Posted by: mph [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 11, 2004 9:50 AM