Saturday, January 28, 2006

Secret Agent on Soma FM

Two of my favorite internet radio stations for background listening are on SomaFM: Secret Agent and Indie Pop Rocks. (I should really try out some of their other stations.)

Most often I listen to them on my living room stereo via my Roku early in the morning when the kids are up playing at the crack of dawn - or earlier - and I'm sipping on a cup of coffee.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Will the MacBook Pro support Aero Glass?

Ok, the new Intel CPU Mac laptops have been announced. I'll be buying one.
Digression: the name "MacBook" is terrible! Why kill the PowerBook brand? The only laptop brand with comparable strength is the ThinkPad, and Lenovo just paid a gazillion dollars to buy that name from IBM. Meanwhile Apple tosses "PowerBook" in the trash. Duh.
It's generally accepted that it will be possible to install Vista and other x86 OS's on MacBooks, though driver support will be a question. I'm sure the mac-o-verse will find a way to make them work eventually.

My question: assuming drivers can be found, does the MacBook's hardware
support Aero Glass? The MacBook has an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600. (The slower MacBook has 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM; the faster one has 256mb.)

ATI's provisional "Vista-ready" list of chipsets says "Mobility™ Radeon® X300 Series or higher" supports LDDM. But the x1600 is not listed in the full list. Is x1600 "higher" than x300?

And if it is, would that support Aero Glass, or just Aero? Generally people say that no existing mobile chipsets would support Aero Glass.

While I'm on the topic - here's the link to Microsoft's hardware guidance for Vista.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Maryamie: In Defense of Geeks or Ten Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek

"So ladies, here are ten best things about being married to a geek."

The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Users » Slacker Manager

If you use (and if not, why don't you?) then you'll want to check this out. Good tips for newbies and power users alike.