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MacPic of The Day: All together now September 21, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Because You Can, MacPics, Operating System, Pics.
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What would happen if you simultaneously opened every single app on your Mac at once? Would it crash? Would it hang? Would it explode?

Someone named jeffseb tried it on a Macbook Pro that had a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 3gb of DDR2 SDRAM by doing a Command-A on his Applications folder. It took 12 whole minutes (it took a bit long because some of the apps were trying to update from the web on startup), but the Macbook Pro managed it, and this it what it looked like:

I think of my IBM Thinkpad on Windows XP and the excruciating, molasses-slow agony it goes through just opening two apps. If you want a high-res version so you can peruse the screen in detail, click here. (Check out how many yellow triangles there are in the dock!)

MacPic of The Day September 16, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Because You Can, Funnies, Hardware, iPhone, Issues, Pics, Services.
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iPod Touch unboxing September 15, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in iPods, New Stuff, Pics.

Apparently the things are on Apple Store shelves already, and our colleagues at AppleInsider have scored an early 16gb unit and did an Unpack pictorial.

For those among us who immensely enjoyed the downloadable Features Guide we previously posted about, this is way better. Apparently the box is smaller than the iPhone‘s (as is the unit itself), and comes with a picture of Corrine Bailey Rae on it (which is just fine where the Doodler is concerned – she’s a favorite).

MacADoodle hopes to get its unit next week and do something similar, but you can see AppleInsider’s first look here.

Doh! Bitter online irony September 8, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, Funnies, Pics, Piracy, Quicktime.
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Beautiful site II September 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in New Stuff, Pics, Steve Jobs.
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The other thing we can’t get enough of:

Beautiful site September 6, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Store, Pics.
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Am monitoring the Apple Event. Can’t breathe. Updates later.

Lots and lots of windows open on the iMac, but one has the prettiest sights ever seen on the internet, which we can never get enough of and should see more often.

It’s this one:

Doing things big-time September 2, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Funnies, Microsoft, Pics.
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Piccadilly Circus, London, England:

Photos snagged from MacFormat.com.uk.

RTFM September 1, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Documentation, Legacy Hardware, Pics.
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I’m a big fan of instruction manuals, and I find a perverse sort of pleasure in reading them – even though I never really do when I get the gadget first. I wing it, trying to see if I could get it to run and at what point I’d actually have to RTFM.

I believe I once actually had a manual for the first Mac, but of course it’s been filed away in the Twilight Zone. If you’d like a chance to see how user’s manuals for the first Macintosh looked like (yes, Virginia, there were paper instruction books back in the day, made of real paper), check out this Flickr album from a guy named Peter Merholz, who found an original manual in a garage sale somewhere. He blogs about it here.

Dated, but still cool, and designed very nicely.

The Incredible Shrinking Boxes August 19, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Apps, Packaging, Pics.
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Apple‘s efforts at greening their packaging proceeds apace. See here the devolvution of the iLife box through the years .

I miss the nice big boxes though.

Apple 1 August 17, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Pics.
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Blast from the past: ad for the first Apple computer, July 1976.