watchin' the keynote..

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(OK, I'm a bit late - I do have to work for a living.)


Why are there two iSights on that display?

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(Probably because there's two macs under the desk, just in case one fails, which did seem to happen.)

Mac Pro with Xeon (Woodcrest). It takes FB-DIMM RAM, so it'll be expensive, even by Apple's standards. Quad cores in all of them, not just the top model. That's good. Four drives, dual optical.

Nice to see Desktop Mac at 3Ghz after all this time.

The connection is very uneven. At least the Apple store is working. Quad 7300GT? That's a very strange configuration. Why not dual/Quad SLI 7600GT or SLI 7900GTX? I think the motherboard may be capable of it, as it has four full length PCI-Express slots, one of which is double wide for a graphics card. If you don't mind losing a slot for the cooler, it looks like you could fit two top end Nvidia cards in there.

Of course, they may all be treated as separate cards rather than as SLI units, i.e. you wouldn't be able to get all the cards to render one scene in parallel like you can on some Nforce chipsets for PCs. Still, multiple graphics cards with one being used as a physics engine sounds doable: Hyper realistic flight sims?

...Connecting...(how's about upgrading that pipe to Cupertino?)

Is there some rule at apple, that anyone who shares a stage with Steve must be a less accomplished public speaker?

The new Xserves look pretty cool too: basically the same spec as the Mac Pro.

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Did they just find the least stylish Frenchman on the planet?

Aside: Personally, I think Vista is going to be a complete disaster along the lines of WinME. There's going to be this awful MS product directly competing with OS X 10.5 (or 10.6) and Ubuntu Linux, both of which will just work on your hardware (both being X86_64, although for OSX, you'll need to buy your well-specified machines from Dell, while for Ubuntu, Dell and Compaq will be falling over themselves to sell machines which aren't full ninja gaming rigs (which is what you'll need for Vista) with Ubuntu (or other Linuxes) installed. If we see recent versions of Office for OSX and Linux, it will be a sign that the OS team in Redmond have completely lost the confidence of the rest of the company.

Time Machine looks awesome, although its only file versioning with a stupendous user interface. Talk about presentation skills! Vaxes used to have this sort of thing in the 80's, but far less spectacularly.

Oh yeah, and two Macs under the curtain, so that failures don't show up. An app failed, the demo-er tried to kill it, then switched to another mac.

Spaces: that's just virtual desktops. My kids know how to use virtual desktops with Linux, and Linux has had that feature for years. Since at least 1999.

[Next Day] - much better bandwidth, and it's a much better experience.

Isn't stationery with email something that Outlook was doing years ago? (And increasing the bandwidth required for email in the process.)

The integrated To Do service looks really interesting. That's definitely aimed at corporate users, as is the multi-user calendaring.

The New iChat is amazing! Live video backdrops on video conferencing! live video effects!

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HKMacs said:

Not so sure those screenshots are your copyright, though!

dave said:

Oops! Time to work on the Image-Magick scripts which do the image prep!

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