January 9, 2006

Macworld begins Tuesday...

by Chris Randall

It seems everyone is fairly convinced that the Jobs "oh, and one more thing..." part of the Keynote will be the unveiling of the Intel-based iBook and iMac models. I know the last time I mentioned this, there was some dissent, but I know in my heart of hearts that I'm right this time. Well, we'll know by 10:30 tomorrow (PST), won't we?

I'm reasonably excited about this, because my iBook is about to head to the great pile o' forgotten laptops, so I'll be an Early Adopter of the Intel iBooks. It'll be entertaining, to say the least.




Jan.09.2006 @ 11:49 PM
brandon daniel
oooh, good luck with that! Hope you don't expect that any of your non-apple apps work with any reliability for some time.

Jan.10.2006 @ 12:26 AM
Chris Randall
I don't normally expect my non-Apple apps to work with any reliability on this current Mac, nor any I've owned before it. For that matter, I feel it's a good day when my Apple apps are stable. I only use this iBook for the following things: websurfing (Firefox), email (Mail.app), AIM (iChat), listening to music (iTunes), and building VST plugins I've written on my PC (Xcode). The only application I have on here that is used with any frequency otherwise is Logic, and that's only to test AU builds Adam sends me. I literally need nothing else. But I fully expect all of the above applications to work as well as they ever have.

As a Mac user since 1985, I can say with aclarity that stability is not Apple's fort?, especially since OSX. Rather, style is. I'm fine with that. I have a really good PC for getting work done. I'm just excited to get an iBook that has something resembling performance.



Jan.10.2006 @ 10:08 AM
D' MacKinnon
OSX on Intel will be nice once they work the kinks out. I'm just interested to see if this will eventually lead to being able to throw it on a custom box of if it will only run on official Apple hardware.

Jan.10.2006 @ 12:45 PM
brandon daniel
Well, now's the time, orders being taken now, shipping in feb, get yourself a "macbook pro" ;0)

Jan.10.2006 @ 12:47 PM
what a horrible name, is it easy to get quality crack-cocaine in Cupertino?

Jan.10.2006 @ 1:14 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
yeah, horrid name. Sounds like apple circa 1994.

Jan.11.2006 @ 3:45 PM
penzoil washington
what's not stable? only problems with oddball plugins will crash my DAW, otherwise I have no crashing app problems, and never a screen of death system crash. I remember 1985, too, but I prefer now.

Jan.11.2006 @ 4:04 PM
Chris Randall
Must be nice. I rarely run anything on this laptop other than what I described above, and it crashes all the time. At least one Multi-Lingual Screen Of Death a week, and app crashes daily. On top of that, I've had the logic board replaced twice. (Thankfully, both times it was still under waranty.)

10.4.4 has already hard-crashed twice and I only installed it this morning, for instance. Most of my other macs have had similar problems, and most everyone I know that uses Macs has similar stories.

But like I said, I don't really care. It's better now than it was during the halycon days of System 8.5, when I had enough and Switched to PC for music. I'm of the firm opinion that it really doesn't matter any more which system you use; it should be based on your preference for DAW and user experience. Since I use Nuendo and not Logic any more, I don't have to use a Mac for music, and so I don't.



Jan.11.2006 @ 6:12 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
here's some interesting ?'s about the new macbook:
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as for stability, mine has been very solid, i just realized I've been processing (convolution) 1+GB files with Arge?phontes Lyre for the last 10 days almost non-stop while running all kinds of other apps, heavily taxing the CPU--the damn thing is a heater! ...and not a single crash. That said, the crashes I do still get are usually sleep related-when it's trying to wake up a firewire drive or something. This is with 10.4.3 on a dual 2.5.


Jan.13.2006 @ 12:21 AM
I'll be surprised if any audio interfaces work with the MacBook Pro right from the start. Applications can work through an emulator, but hardware drivers need new driver revisions.



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