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Mac attacks Wintel

09/16/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

As mentioned in my post on Apple's need for better SCM, I was still planning to purchase a MacBookPro17, and so I did, at the Apple store in Burlingame. The differences between what the Apple Web Store had failed to deliver and what I bought are the hard drive [the 100GB at 7200 rpm that was wanted vs. the 120 GB at 5400 rpm that I got] and the RAM [the 2 GB that I wanted vs the 1 GB standard configuration that I bought]. I was able to get the older anti-glare screen. I know that Apple is pushing the newer glossy display for its "eye popping" colours, but I didn't see much difference, except that in the glossy one, the overhead lights in the Apple store made it almost impossible to read any text on the screen.

Brought the beast home [unboxing pictures to follow in a later post] and the first thing it wanted to do was update 12 packages. I opted not to update to iTunes 7 as I've read that it has many problems. It took awhile to download the 11 package updates I allowed, but the install of the first package [to JS2E 5] wasn't completed three hours after it had started, so I left it go overnight while I went to the home where I sleep.

Upon awaking this morning, I had an email from our CTO [timestamped at around 4 a.m.] that the update had finished, but that she couldn't boot her Windows XEON workstation. And still can't as I write this.

I think my new Mac must have attacked her Wintel machine over the network. Or maybe her machine died of envy. Hmm, :P maybe more new Macs to come. &#59;)

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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