Future computers, cyclo-cross and dreams

Apparently Apple is getting back into the Chip manufacturing game again.  We can only hope as x86 PC users go, that they don’t abandon Intel’s architecture completely in the near future so that we can still dual boot and run Virtual Machines like Parallels and boot alternatives like Ubuntu.  What is more likely, if we’re going to play the speculation game, utilizing PA Semi Apple plans to continue to push the envelope with mobile computing implementing low power parallel processors to the point where Intel chips are not relevant.  This seems possible.  If you consider the computing shift from massive mainframes, to workstations and now laptops, the future of computing is largely OS and processor agnostic.  The excitement over so called ‘Netbooks isn’t just that you can “hack” a $400 MSI Wind Laptop and make it run OS X Leopard it’s that the model is shifting from proprietary systems and dedicated hardware moving computing straight into the ether.  Which begs the point that the iPhone is only the beginning of Apple’s mobile computing strategy and that in 10 years time the current generation of MacBook’s with their svelte machined aluminum uni-body enclosures will seem elephantine.

For the record, I did get the 7200 RPM Seagate 320GB hard drive to fit the MBP and upgraded the Airport mini PCI card to 802.11n Extreme.   It goes  pretty well over the Time Capsule for backup with Leopard’s Time Machine.  Yes, I upgraded to Leopard too.  And it boots way way faster than Tiger ever did for whatever reason (not just the 7200 RPMs).  I slip-streamed XP Service Pack 3 and then did the whole Boot Camp installation on a 100 GB partition, SolidWorks Student Edition worked fine which was something of a relief for me.

Also, I have a new 2009 Trek XO2 frame to ride off the pavement of New York.  There are a few more ‘cross races this season and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make them all as they tend to be 1-2 hours away in Jersey and it’s like $30 per race.  My hopes are to ride the Croatan Aqueduct trail, do the mountain bike loop in High Bridge Park in Harlem, and perhaps take Metro North and ride some of the trails in the Hudson River Valley.  There is a race weekend in the Hampton’s and with entry to a citizen’s race your number is entered to the raffle for a Richard Sachs’ custom cyclo-cross bicycle complete with full SRAM kit (so as to skip the 7 year waiting list and selling of kidney).

My new ride

My new ride the Trek XO2

Richard Sach's Cyclo-Cross

Richard Sachs - The best of handmade steel


This 8830 of mine has been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand I can type like 50 words per minute now on a tiny little QWERTY keypad, on the other, my thumbs will probably lock up when I’m 40. Also it costs more, and V tends to jack up the price just ’cause they can, well that and they passed on the iPhone so they gotta take the revenue where they can.

But yeah, I’m basically paying two times as much a month but I can chat, wikipedia search, IMDB, email, whatever, until my heart is content or until my thumbs cry uncle. But the point I feel it drives home is the nature of online content is shifting. I mean, okay say I forget the Times paper at home, one thumb click and I can read it online, or I use RSS aggregators or Google Reader for all my favorite blogs, while I am on the subway. And don’t even get me started about Google Maps, it is by far the killer app for pda’s, the fact that carriers try and charge $10/month for their navigation service is laughable. The model of cloud computing especially extends to these “mobile computers” that happen to be phones, all your docs, your calendar, your contacts, always sync’d always online.

Anyhow, I have been out of state a bunch lately and it is nice to not always need the laptop. I mean yeah, most hotels have Wi-Fi now, but seriously, I can almost do everything I need on my little b-bizzle. I think maybe Snoop Dog should try and help them with marketing, cause I am certain that iPhone 2.0 has RIM a little worried.