June 6th, 2005

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It's official: Apple going to Intel processors

After spending part of Saturday reading the rumors posted as "news" on various sites, even including Slashdot (which I normally avoid), Apple's official press release came during the WWDC conference this morning.

I'm not sure how to digest this news, and what exactly it will mean for Apple and the future of the Mac platform. Speculation abounds.

I bought my latest Mac, a G5 1.8GHz single processor, in September 2003. On my preferred upgrade schedule, I would be due to buy another one about that time in 2006. This switch has me thinking. Will my G5 become another museum piece, like my PowerCenter 150 which I couldn't bear to depart with (being one of the few produced Mac "clones")? How long will I be able to run applications on my PPC processor if I decide to stretch the life out of my G5 further? (I did use my G4/400 for about four years before upgrading, and boyziggy is still getting decent use out of it.)

If this move backfires and ends up killing off the Mac OS ultimately, I guess I'll have to switch to Linux as my desktop OS, because I can't see myself using Windows as my primary platform. I tried and failed to convert to Linux once before, years ago, but the end-user experience is probably much smoother now than it was then. And in the interim I got 3-4 years of Linux system administration under my belt, running a development server at work. (Though we're now using Apple Xserves, as there were no Linux sysadmins in our campus support departments to help me out.)
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Sundy funday

Had a long but fun day yesterday.

boyziggy was complaining about feeling fat and sluggish, and I was feeling the same, so I convinced him to get up 45 minutes earlier than usual so that we could work out together. At 5:30 a.m. we were out the door, walking over the steep hill to Washington Square Park, where we ran laps at our own pace for a short time before heading back over the hill home. We have very different schedules, abilities, and preferences for exercise, but will try to work out together twice a week to motivate each other (and find times to exercise on our own the other days).

Later I headed to Livermore to visit my friend Jon and go geocaching with him and his family. His wife Carol was particularly excited about 'caching, having used a GPS but never for geocaching before. We found three caches in Livermore, one each first spotted by myself, Jon, and Carol. Maybe if we had done a fourth, his daughter Kyrie would have found one too! But we were hungry by then. Unfortunately most restaurants in the area apparently shut down between 2:30 and 5:00 on Sundays, so after driving around forever we finally settled on a Togo's.

Back at Jon's home I showed the DVD of my Blue Bear concert from March, then he got out his guitar and we all sang together. It was so much fun, singing everything from Led Zeppelin to Rocky Horror to Kinks to Beatles and many more. I could have done it for hours. It was also great to hear Jon play and sing again, especially since we hadn't jammed together for years.

But I had to head home because Ziggy and I were helping out our friend Bekka with promotional materials. Ziggy worked on an album cover with various photos she brought over, while I imported her videos to work on a DVD. Bekka's incredibly talented and I hope that she goes far with her music.
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