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[#] Mon Oct 02 2017 12:54:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Linux gave the venerable mainframe a new lease on life. Apparently it's a big deal and very successful, because IBM has even been selling "Linux-only" mainframes (aptly named "Emperor" systems) for two years now. For orgs that already have mainframes running MVS (sorry ... "Z/OS") it was a good deal for them to begin with. Sometimes you just need to scale up instead of scaling out.

[#] Tue Oct 03 2017 12:42:36 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Any gamer-PC owning gamer will tell you the value of scaling up instead of scaling out. :) z/OS is actually doing quite well too (and I've learned enough of that "horrid JCL" to see why it still has some advantages over normal Bash shell scripting, and am left wondering why symbolic parameters fell out of favor).

[#] Sun Oct 22 2017 14:26:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Question for the Apple faithful:

What's the oldest (read: cheapest to buy used) Mac Mini that will run Linux natively? I may have a use for one in a "throw it in the corner and forget about it" role.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2017 16:22:15 EDT from bennabiy @ Uncensored

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I would guess 2008 or 2009 would be good candidates. Technically any of the intel chips should be able to run linux, but I know later hardware is a little more supported.



[#] Mon Oct 23 2017 14:19:16 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Why even bother with a Mac Mini wheen there are so many small cheap Wintel boxes out there?

[#] Tue Oct 24 2017 19:19:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, there's the whole thing about making heads explode among the Apple Faithful when they see a Mac not running Mac OS. But mainly I'm looking for something with a small footprint and low power consumption.

[#] Wed Oct 25 2017 11:02:31 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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How powerful do you need it? Check out something like the Lenovo Q180.

[#] Wed Oct 25 2017 22:44:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hmm, that Lenovo is a neat little machine. I wonder if it could be set up as a Hackintosh. :)

I dug through my old stuff and found a netbook that hasn't been touched in about five years. I think I'll try putting a barebones Linux image on that and see how it runs.

[#] Thu Oct 26 2017 17:53:33 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I have a Lenovo laptop that I think is great. It's a Yoga. Has been a win for me for the last year.

[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 13:58:50 EDT from Dedonde @ Uncensored

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Thu Oct 26 2017 17:53:33 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored
I have a Lenovo laptop that I think is great. It's a Yoga. Has been a win for me for the last year.

I too have a Lenovo Yoga. The Yoga 14 has been great for me. Even done some light gaming, but is now my field laptop because i can go to tablet mode.



[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 11:42:51 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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I have a Yoga via work; only problem so far is that it doesn't always go to sleep when I close the lid; sometimes it takes a concoction of caffeine, Red Bull, and crystal meth, turning my computer into a hotplate. Thankfully, my MacBook Pro makes a nice heat sink, and has saved the laptop's life twice already. Doesn't always do this, mind you, but when it does, ...

[#] Sat Nov 18 2017 19:31:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh look!  Siri in a box!

So it looks like Apple has designed a "meee tooo" product instead of inventing a new category, brought it to market late in the game, and even failed to bring it to market in time for Christmas 2017.

The Steve would never have executed this badly, or this blandly.  Amazon got this one right, and got it right first.  I still won't buy one, but they executed and succeeded here where Apple is demonstrating that they'll only make money on this piece of marshmallow-like crap because the $350 price tag multiplied by the number of Apple cult members will push it over the profitability line.

Where's the wow factor?  Where's the "one more thing"?  Where's the game-changer that makes everyone else scramble to catch up?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/18/apple_homepod_christmas/ if you're interested in reading more, but the above basically covers it. ]



[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 14:52:18 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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I think I just heard a Foobar put in writing that he actually misses Steve Jobs.  I now fear that the apocalypse must be around the corner!



[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 17:02:34 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I laugh at anyone who thinks Apple was ever a bleeding edge company? They don't invent. They refine. Generally their products are best of breed. Phones, MP3 players, laptops, etc. And they've had a ton of flops, even with Jobs.

That being said, they've also had a series of missteps. The touch bar on the laptop? Gimmick. Abandoning video and image pros? Huge mistake (although it looks like they're starting to correct that one.)

HomePod is a decent idea - as the Echo sucks to play music through - but Amazon was smart and teamed up with Sonos to make it better.

Anyway - AAPL is near their all-time high. They're doing something right.

[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 17:10:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Fine, then ... Apple has not *refined* anything since The Steve relocated to the section of Hell that has beveled edges and no buttons.

They haven't released a product in years that was anything other than incremental.
Even the Fanboi Faithful agree with that statement, as they continue to shell out megabucks for meh.

I just want someone to build an operating system with visuals that are neither "flat" nor "skeumorphic."

[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 17:23:14 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Isn't that the industry in general right now? What isn't "meh" or incremental right now from anyone?

[#] Mon Nov 20 2017 22:26:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Blockchain.  The blockchain will change everything.  Or so I'm told.



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