Archive for October, 2007

Mac or PC?

October 28, 2007

Well, I am going to buy a new computer while I am still in the US of A, and 1000 dollar question is whether to buy a Mac (MacBook) or a PC (Lenovo ThinkPad T60).I will be using the computer basically for browsing, listening to music and for Java development.

Why Mac?

1. First of all, it is a beauty. The quality of both the hardware and software is amazing and the UI is the best. To me, its a very inspiring piece of art.

2. No Viruses. Atleast for now, there are no known viruses targetting the Mac.

3. Unix ancestry.

4. The applications for Mail, Chat, Photos, Videos etc all come free.

5. The webcam is something the Lenovo laptop does not have.

6. I hate Vista. I have tried using Vista and I feel that the new features like Aeroglass only make it difficult to read. Vista felt like bloat-ware when I used it.

7. Leopard looks amazing.

But then, why am I thinking of Lenovo if Mac looks good.

1. Because Mac too has its problems. Tim Bray and Scobleizer have reported that they have experienced crashes on the Mac. And I am worried about this because I will be using it in India and Apple does’nt really have a good product support there.

2. Because I love the ThinkPad T60 from Lenovo. It is my work laptop and I am very happy with it. The keyboard is fantastic, good battery life, portable etc. It is the ideal laptop, I feel.

3. Because MacBook (120GB harddisk, 2 GB RAM) is going to cost $500 more that the Lenovo T60.

4. Because, I am not going to use most of the features like GarageBand, iMovies etc.

5. Because, Mac cannot play my huge video collection (mostly in wma, avi format)


Friendfeed v/s Yahoo Pipes

October 13, 2007

Friendfeed is a new service which allows you to consolidate all your feeds and have a single datasource to everything you publish on the web. For instance, you can add your Picasa photo stream, your blog stream, Twitter stream etc into a single source and then publish that to your friends.

Pretty much what Yahoo! Pipes does. Only less feature some. But Friendfeed has this ‘social-networking’ angle which I don’t think Yahoo! Pipes has yet.

Onsite trip

October 13, 2007

Its been a long time since I have added any post inspite of my desire to update my blog regularly. One main reason is that I have traveled to onsite now for a Knowledge transfer engagement for my project. I am at Cincinnati, Ohio and have been for the past month and so far this visit has been great.

Cincinnati is not a big city and is really a nice calm place to work/live. The escape from the congestion in Chennai is a welcome reprieve. The climate is really nice at around 23 celcius and its a pleasure to walk around in the mornings. But this might not last long since I hear that the winter is a little harsh in this area. The people are also very decent.