16th Dec, 2008 @ 14:53Over at theappleblog.com Darrell Etherington talks about Realtek’s OSX wifi card drivers for the MSI Wind and suggests that Apple is missing out in the netbook market: In short, Apple, the netbook train is leaving the station, and unless you want to be stuck on the platform holding your luggage, you’d better hoof it and jump on that caboose. But this is a train Apple has chosen not to catch.What are netbooks good for? Lightweight mobile computing – if your fingers are small enough for the cramped keyboard and your eye sight is good enough to use the tiny screen – they can handle e-mail, the web and lightweight gaming. Apple already has two devices available that can do all that: the iPod Touch and the iPhone. And they’re great music players. And they’ll fit in your pocket. One of them is also a phone!Sure netbooks are cheap clean fun if your’re the sort of computer nerd (like me) that likes hacking about with hardware or playing with Linux, but they’re underpowered and cramped. The netbook form factor isn’t a very useable one. The iPod Touch and iPhone easily beat netbooks for useable lightweight mobile computing.Apple has in effect created its own mobile computing form factor, is so far ahead of the competition it barely has any, and bizarrely, half the Apple community doesn’t seem to realise it.
26th Apr, 2004 @ 12:29Our aging beige G3/233 mac developed a sticky key. Specifically the power on key. So I dove in, took out a hell of a lot of screws. It all looked simple enough. I decided to swap the rubber bit that had broken for one on another key - I consigned the F15 key to history. I put back on the 40 or more screws. I plugged it in. The computer started right away. Odd.Each key press now results in several characters being output, at least for a lot of the keys. Bah. This means I have to shut down the G3 via ssh from my G4 and doing ‘sudo shutdown -h now’, but the keyboard immiediatley starts up the machine…it’s undead! Every time I kill it it comes back!So now I have to yank the keyboard connection out and then issue the shutdown command over ssh just to turn the poor old thing off.Anyone got an Apple ADB keyboard lying around?UPDATE: I got a replacement on e-bay.