Somewhat Hazy

After yesterday's excellent weather on the south side of the river, today's kind of a murky, cloudy, British Saturday morning. I expect to have quite a few new photos up soon, including a few macro shots of the insides of my old server - nothing too dramatic, but it looks like the power supply went out.

Still, I'm disassembling it, washing (yes, washing - they're that dirty) the serviceable parts and scrapping the rest.

Very little news of interest, but here are a few links:

  • Gruber brilliantly accuses Cringely of "turning the pundit dial to 11 when 10 would have done just fine", as well as debunking the "why not AMD?" question that a few tech-centric geeks have been kicking around.
  • Also from Gruber, the earth-shattering piece of news that JWZ switched to an iMac. As JWZ himself put it, "the future direction of xscreensaver has become... highly ambiguous". Maybe now we'll stop seeing people profiting from shareware knock-offs of his stuff and and get first-class Mac OS X versions.
  • Gartner contradicts itself, and sinks even further into the quagmire of irrelevance it created. The only thing they publish I pay any attention is the occasional market share analysis, and even then I keep a packet of salt handy...
  • Apple is going to open two more stores in the UK. No news concerning the rest of Europe yet, I'm afraid.
  • The Feature on OMA and Microsoft DRM - something I had already mulled, but never had the time to articulate this concisely.
  • Nokia and Intel collaborating on WiMax. Nokia has always had an interest in this sort of thing (and they had a very neat "Rooftop" solution for broadband services a few years back), so maybe this will help make WiMax a reality.

Incidentally, the past few posts are the courtesy of TomBoy, which has replaced VoodooPad until my iBook is repaired.

I'm really taking to the VNC/network computer thing, which lets me have a speedy, responsive Fedora/Gnome desktop even through a 3G connection - whatever RealVNC has done to the RFB protocol in the latest incarnations, it feels way faster than the usual TightVNC setups I've used on Linux boxes - the only annoyances are Flash animations (like my own site header) that tend to send massive region updates down the pipe...