Its called EMULATION, Kyle!

So much joy from a half eaten fruit...
I'd just like to say that PearPC kicks major ass. It is the first program to let you run Mac OS X on a PC (emulated, through Windows, Linux, and more). A build was just put up in the nightlies that enables networking in Windows, so I was finally able to get online and download some cool mac apps. Well not only that, I was able to have DUALING iTUNES!


Anyway, if you are anywhere as much of a Mac fan as me, and like me don't want to actually buy a Mac because deep down you know you can do all that stuff on those other machines, check PearPC out. Then, if you really get into the whole emulation of Mac OS's, go grab Basilisk II and *find* a copy of Mac OS 8. Its fun!

And I guess I have to throw in VMware, which will let you run pretty much any other OS you can come up with (see screenshots on their site).

Is there anything better than running multiple OS's at once, one on top of another?

30 May 04 | +Permalink+ | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Marv's Clean Computing Snack Standard

Some snacks are better kept away from computers. In order for a snack to meet the MCCSS, it must obey the following:

--Must not leave any residue on fingers.

--Must not be susceptible to crumming in keyboard.

--Must not involve conductant liquid.

Add more in the comments section.

29 May 04 | +Permalink+ | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Destruction, Rebirth

I've just finished my journey installing a fresh copy of Windows on a wonderfully clean, formatted drive. On a laptop that has a 100% busted CD drive.

Now I don't mean to say I performed the miracle of installing software without a working CD drive.. I did use one. Instead of shelling out oodles of cash to a "Certified Toshiba Repair Center" for labor and price-inflated parts(*cough*COMPUSA*cough*), I picked up a USB drive enclosure on Newegg for ~35 bucks, and popped an old would-be-useless CD drive I had laying around in there.
You can't just tell my laptop to boot from an external USB drive. Its accessible area of anything resembling a BIOS is limited to some pre-determined boot devices you may choose from in the form of cute little icons, displayed for you at boot if you figured out the F-keys go all the way up to "F12".
Well thankfully, a very useful site exists at There, for a "donation" of $4, I was able to get my hands on an assortment of drivers/files that let you boot random USB drives from DOS. Its quite an adventure when the fate of your machine that can run at THOUSANDS OF MEGAHERTZ is in the hands of a modified *Windows 98* boot disk. What are we supposed to do when Microsoft finished completely, for real, we mean it this time, abandoning Windows 98? Am I going to actually have to pay to get my drive fixed? Oh, right... In that future, the future of Longhorn and Palladium (ugh), I'll be solely dependant on *Slackware Linux*.

Speaking of Longhorn...

Upon making this laptop from which I am typing this blog so fresh and so clean clean, I've decided to keep quite a few applications off the hard drive, and on web servers. What I mean by this is that I use web applications in place of their client side brothers. For e-mail, I use Horde, the best e-mail client... EVAR! And for instant messaging I'm going to try and stay committed to using ICQ Go and AIM Express clients. The way I see it, many applications will move in this direction in the future.
-Wherever you are, you can access the same applications with your data stored server-side. Of course strong authentication measures would be necessary, but I see the industry moving in that direction anyway. You wanna try and brute force an eye or fingerprint scan?
-Software companies can easily enforce subscriptions, and know their users are actually paying to use their software. Hey, we knew it would have to happen eventually, right?

Anyone can afford a terminal with minimal processing power on its own. All joe-user needs to buy is a nice big screen and the bare essentials. Have all the services run on super-computers that spawn from the latest booming university trend to build them cheaply (what, you haven't heard of Virginia Tech's Apple G5 Supercomputer? It was only the cheapest fast supercomputer of ALL TIME or something... no big deal...)

What does this have to do with Longhorn? According to some mockup videos I saw on a while ago (can't seem to find a link) Longhorn aims to eliminate the server.
Oh wait, they intend to eliminate the personal server now that I think about it. They want tasks that a small server would do to be done by a very powerful personal computer. Well they have to keep the families of AMD and Intel employees eating, right?
But joe-user of the future doesn't want to pay an assload for a computer he doesn't need. Common non-geek should not get used to shelling out so much for a PC. They need nothing more than a terminal.
And Microsoft Word.

Saw The Day After Tomorrow today. Enjoyed it. I don't lump it into the cheesy massive destruction blah blah movies. Maybe I would have if it weren't so damned well done. Except for those terrible CGI wolves.

29 May 04 | +Permalink+ | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

The Realist-Revisionary Party

This is a simple request that Trey Parker, the sole driving force behind South Park, establishes what will become a strong THIRD POLITICAL PARTY for the United States. Then he can run for President, with sidekick Matt Stone as Vice President.
Penn & Teller would then be appointed to very important positions. Have you seen their series "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!"? I suggest you make it a point to see as many episodes as you can. Then lets make them in charge of America's education outline.
Then lets get people like Nicholas Reville of to create and pass legislation that fixes the mess that our laws regarding all-things-Internet have gotten into. I'm talking DMCA, the Patriot Acts, the whole deal.

24 May 04 | +Permalink+ | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)