17 thoughts on “So true, so very very true”

  1. Pretty much, yes – it makes all of the noise online seem so very stupid, doesn’t it.

    What amazes me is how argumentative people can be when it comes to this stuff. I had someone call me clueless (indirectly) the other day because I am well known to say online that in the end, computers and operating systems and so forth are ultimately just tools – so choose whatever works most effectively and efficiently to do your work.

    Well… it is true, right? Normal people are too damned busy to care about this crap or even be bothered knowing that there are alternatives. That’s why iPhone is popular, it is a well known product that “just works”. Same thing with Windows, and so forth – but if Android works for you, or OS X, or Linux, just get on with it and do your work.

    Whenever I feel like dropping the bomb in a stupid argument about operating systems (what is this, religion?) I pull out this quote, from none other than Linus Torvalds himself:

    “…the thing about an operating system is that you’re never ever supposed to see it. Because nobody really uses an operating system; people use programs on their computer. And the only mission in life of an operating system is to help those programs run. So an operating system never does anything on its own; it’s only waiting for the programs to ask for certain resources, or ask for a certain file on the disk, or ask to connect to the outside world.”

    Which I usually follow up with some witty remark like, “there you have it folks, your ‘fearless leader’ himself has said it best – it is just an operating system people, you use programs on your computer, not an operating system”.

    1. For me back in the day I used to be a hardcore zealot of what ever operating system I happened to like that that moment but now I’ve aged and stopped caring about the politics and how ‘sticking it to the man’ thus it feels good given that I’ve got a tonne of other things that are more important – like maintaining my blog where I can talk about politics, philosophy and technology than spending the time ‘spreading the Gospel of Jobs’ to the unwashed masses. Replace Jobs with Bill Gates or Eric Emerson Schmidt and have the same results – but these days the number of forums I visit is few – the occasional Arstechnica article might grab my attention then TheVerge and Reddit always has a good review or two and if I’m feeling generous I’ll hang out at Neowin but apart from that I’m not much of a ‘onliner’ these days. I guess as one gets older one shifts through and decides what is important and what isn’t – I guess with the move from Mac OS X it sort of marks a re-prioritisation in my life.

      What do I mean by re-prioritisation – I guess up until now I’ve coasted through life and pretty much wrapped myself in the zealotry of OS X but ignored what was happening around me. These days I’ve reached the point that I’ve realised there are more important things in life – like getting on a stable financial footing, focusing on my professional development so I guess something went off in my head recently where I suddenly realised, “holy shit, I can’t believe how much of my life I have wasted on being devoted to a company and or product” where over the last week I’ve really changed things around. Right now I’ve consolidated my debt, organised my finances so I know what goes where and how much I owe on a weekly basis so now I’m living a life that is a lot less stressful now that I’ve got everything organised and what is left over each fortnight is 100% mine because everything has been taken care of :)

      Anyway, getting back to Linus – he has always been down to earth and same with Bill Gates just as with Steve Jobs to a lesser extent, being able to separate their function as a CEO or leader of an IT company from their every day life. It is amazing how I see zealots whip themselves into a frenzy and the funniest part, they’ll claim that their atheist and therefore super rational yet ignore the biggest piece of irrationality in their life.

  2. I was much the same, for quite a few years, after I discovered Linux and *BSD.

    I went a few years running them exclusively, for a while it was Slackware, Gentoo and FreeBSD, later openSUSE and Ubuntu, but exactly as you said, I re-prioritised things.

    For me, it was because we went from having one child to four children (in 2004 we had triplets). I tried to “fight” it but eventually I decided that it was time to “be a user” and just use my computers rather than always be tinkering and upgrading.

    That’s when I stopped building my own systems as well.

    I bought my first OEM machine in 2005, it was a Dell 640m laptop – the machine was solid enough, but Windows was horrible on it (XP and Vista, I tried both). I tried Linux too, Ubuntu didn’t cut it but openSUSE seemed to have the power management nailed for that machine, even better than Windows, so I ran with it.

    I insist on being able to sleep a laptop properly – silly me (!) – having been spoiled for a time in 2003-2004 when my employer provided me with a Titanium PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.3 – that showed me what a laptop could be like.

    I fought with the Dell still until 2008 when I bought my MacBook Pro, and it has been a dream.

    However, time marches on and Windows 7 became a very competent operating system, as I learned first with an HP laptop (that I later sold), and as has been demonstrated for the past 18 months by this ThinkPad T61p.

    Windows 8 is proving itself to be even better, so that tells me that I don’t have to look too far to find what I need, as long as I purchase quality hardware.

    Linux… well, it is better these days, but at the end of the day, we all have limited time and it is harder for me to do what I need to do with Linux than it is for me to do it with Windows (or OS X).

    A competent user will not have any issues whatsoever with malware on Windows, stability is excellent, applications – well, everything is here.

    Plus, with my children getting older, I’m getting back into some of my hobbies – I used to play semi-pro paintball, and I love mountain biking. My children all love to bike off road, and my oldest will be joining me for paintball this season (he is 11).

    Yes, time flies and I have better things to do than make my hardware and software a religious choice – when I’m old(er) and grey(er), it won’t matter, what will matter are the experiences I have had with my family and friends.

    Maybe that’s what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and Linus Torvalds realized too – they are (and were) just normal people who happen to be really good at what they do, but at the end of the day they eventually go home and spend time with their families and friends.

    Technology should enable us, not enslave us.

    People who paint themselves into a corner by only using free software are effectively less free than you or I – we can use OS X, we can use Windows, and we can still use free software that runs on those systems – we get the best of everything.

    1. The one thing that I think will and has helped things along is the move to UEFI by the big name vendors when it comes to their hardware – no more weird switching and hacking around BIOS limitations and booting straight into 64bit mode. As soon as you have good underpinnings in terms of a non-buggy firmware and quality hardware then Windows will run well – heck, that can be applied to almost any operating system; when the underpinnings are good then there is less problems that’ll arise further up the stack. For me Lenovo Thinkpad range has always been top notch no-nonse that get to the point and don’t waste time on frivolous stuff such as trying to wedge Android into the firmware for some novelty purpose.

      Same here, I use a mixture of closed source, open source and hybrid – not because of a religious thing as many on the internet do but because they accomplish a task. It reminds me of Miguel from the Mono project and GNOME who has moved on to develop development tools for Android, iOS etc. to bring .NET programming to non-Microsoft platforms. Even he admitted that Linux on the desktop is pretty much dead and he has little time for the religious arguments within the Linux community regarding some sort of ‘hate’ for Microsoft especially when it comes to the constant blaming of the ‘great satan’ for the lack of Linux uptake ( link ). Anyway, I’m excited about it being delivered hopefully by the end of the week :D

  3. That’s right – UEFI is the path forward, in spite of all the yammering coming (yet again) from the Linux contingent about Secure Boot.

    The infighting that was going on was almost comical… I mean, the Red Hat/Fedora team quickly developed a solution and were immediately attacked by “purists” from other distros, some of whom had to back pedal since Ubuntu and openSUSE came up with their own solutions shortly thereafter.

    Many of these folks fail to realize that the majority of Linux development today is commercially backed by major companies – companies that want to make money of course, not fly the flag of freedom for all.

    Miguel is someone I have greatly admired for many years. He does good work and he “gets it” – he loves to work on technology, nothing more.

    And he is right about Linux on the desktop – for the masses, it is dead.

    If average people are going to use “Linux on the desktop”, they already are in the form of Android and to a lesser extent Chrome OS.

    Linux on the workstation? Sure thing, but that’s specialized stuff for engineers, scientists, graphics and animation professionals.

    I’m a hardcore geek and even *I* will be happy with the Android interface on a hybrid tablet. I’ve used Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean with my Galaxy Nexus as a small office of sorts (a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse – Microsoft, no less – and the phone oriented in landscape mode).

    It was quite usable in my experience, which is why I got onto the hybrid tablet idea.

    1. I remember the whole Secure Boot fiasco only for it to fizzle out when it was later said that the distributions can easily apply for a certificate to allow it to boot when it ‘Secure Boot’ (ignoring the fact that it can be disabled on regular PC’s but on tablets it can’t be disabled – funny enough the complaint was about that too whilst ignoring that Android handset vendors lock down their devices yet not a single protest by said ‘freedom fighters’ regarding that matter let alone the many closed source drivers that Android vendors rely on which make us the customer dependent on the vendor to boil up updates in a timely manner).

      What these folk also fail to realise is that if there is any progress forward it’ll be off the back of distribution companies offering stable long term supported Linux distributions that have strong links to third parties so that software is tested and certified then all the updates are tested and checked against third party software to ensure nothing is broken when released onto the update server. All that costs money and thus someone has to pay – which is where paid distributions will come into the equation. Long term I don’t think the distributions care about the desktop. Maybe the technical workstation I could see work being done but for the home user the market is pretty much happy with what exists so why not focus on smart phones, servers and tablets instead which is where there are strengths?

      I’m excited about the Jelly bean release for the Samsung Galaxy S3 – funny enough I’m not a big application user, I’m more concerned about having a quality browser, better battery life etc. which is where Jelly Bean is focusing which is great. Chrome looks to be a great browser but it is currently in testing so instead I use Opera 12 on my phone and the performance is outstanding – even better than my old iPhone which is great. The signal is a lot strong too than with my iPhone 4. Funny enough I was sceptical about Android phones at first but they’ve matured into a product that really gives Apple a run for their money.

  4. The freedom fighters make me laugh and cry simultaneously, sometimes.

    I know one fellow, nice enough guy, talks about freedom and free software all the time – to the point that it seems like an attempted religious conversion every time he talks.

    Yes, he flies the flag of freedom, but he took his wife’s MacBook away from her (forbid her to use closed source software). He won’t sell it, because he doesn’t want someone else to fall victim to Apple’s “evils”, and he won’t even put Linux on it for some reason.

    My guess is that he can’t figure out how to make it work…

    Yes, he’s all about freedom, and recently wrote that his wife uses Ubuntu without any problems – but she doesn’t have root (sudo) access, “for her own protection”.

    Mmm hmm. Freedom indeed, as long as it is his way.

    I got into a discussion with him the other day about differences between iOS and Android, specifically (surprise) about freedom.

    His point was that Android is better because it can be rooted, allowing you to install whatever you like.

    When I mentioned the fact that you could jailbreak an iPhone (and still use the App Store), he had all sorts of reasons explaining why it wasn’t the same – and when I mentioned that I would be surprised if even 1 percent of Android users actually did root their phones, meaning for all intents and purposes the Android is also a “walled garden”, he had an answer for that too.

    It shouldn’t surprise me, really. He took a shot at me a few days before, publicly posting on Google+ that people who say that “technology is simply a tool are ‘clueless’ and don’t value their freedom” or some bulldust like that.

    Some days, I honestly don’t know why I bother.

    I mean, you’re right – at the end of the day, long term success of Linux or any system will depend on support from the commercial market.

    There is obviously no money in Linux on the consumer desktop – if there was, we would already have it.

    Advocates can petition Netflix and Google (to release Drive for Linux) all they want, but it isn’t going to happen.

    Both companies have clearly shown their intentions, with applications for Netflix and Drive on both Android and Chrome OS – actually, all you have to do is look to see where the commercial applications exist, and you can see the future systems, at least in what we could call First World nations.

    Windows, OS X, iOS, Android/Chrome OS all have commercial applications in abundance. Linux does have a few, but I’m talking *major* applications.

    I mean, you can get Photoshop Express on Android, OneNote on Android… not on Linux.

    Linux is wonderful. Excellent server operating system, excellent basis for smartphones and tablets via Android, and excellent technical workstation platform.

    It even makes a great desktop operating system for a knowledgable user – but the old argument that “it is great for people who only use the web”, where are these people anyway? And if they exist, I’d still tell them to use Windows, or OS X, or just get a tablet.

    Jelly Bean is really great – you will notice an immediate increase in responsiveness, I couldn’t believe it myself actually. I just thought it was marketing hype and typical tech journalist spin, but it was like night and day (and ICS was pretty good already).

    Chrome is actually pretty solid in my experience and I use it for the tab and bookmark sync (I know you can do that with Opera too, but I was already using Chrome on all of my computers so it seemed logical for me).

    I’d say that Android has matured quite rapidly in the last year, which helps explain your positive experience of late.

    Gingerbread was terrible, and you had to either really hate Apple or be a “true believer” about a year ago to speak positively about the platform.

    I stuck with it because, well, I was in a contract and I had already spent well over $100 on a few key applications I use, so I figured I would give it one more shot.

    Once I had some “hands on” time with an ICS phone, I knew it would be okay, so I jumped to a new handset (my Galaxy Nexus) and I’ve been happy.

    1. Well my laptop has finally arrived so I guess I’ve embraced the ‘great satan’ that is Microsoft Windows 7 – and boy does the ‘great satan’ treat me well lol. The scenario reminds me very much of my days on COLA (Comp.OS.Linux.Advocacy) where individuals would make their operating system choice their whole life but eventually I saw some leave realising just how far into the deep end they had gotten thus pulled back.

      When it comes to applications, an operating system is merely a means to an end – it isn’t worth a hill of beans if one has the most advanced operating system on the planet find that half of ones hardware isn’t compatable and even less big name software vendors writing software for it. This is the one point I keep coming back to when talking to open source advocates, Linux advocates or anti-commercial software folk – I’m all open to the idea of using an alternative operating system but only when I see my hardware supported and the big names supporting it such as Adobe providing Creative Suite for said platform or Microsoft Office (or comparable equivilant).

      I’m looking forward to Jelly bean but I’m also looking forward to seeing the Windows Phone 8 devices released too. Although Android 4.1.1 looks very nice I guess I have a soft spot for Microsoft’s own Windows Phone 8 because I see it as something that has the real power to topple iOS off its perch especially when it comes to enterprise customers who want an end to end solution thus I could imagine large enterprise customers utilising a Microsoft Windows Server back end running exchange and a few other services with custom in house applications written in Visual Studio with WinRT that is deployed on Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices – same code base spanning accross multiple devices and multiple form factors.

  5. Well, that’s what they say about the “lord of the underworld”, he looks after you heh heh heh… glad you are enjoying your new laptop, it sure is a nice looking piece of kit.

    That’s right – at the end of the day, what is an operating system anyway but a launcher and application switcher (to the user, that is). If you cannot easily use the programs you need to use – or might need to use – then it probably isn’t for you.

    I put in the words “might need to use” as a hat tip to all of the Linux advocates who say, “everything is moving to the cloud!!!”

    Yes, but… eventually, grandma might just want to use Photoshop Elements that came with that new scanner (that new scanner that, oh, by the way, works just fine with Windows 7 but often requires much hoop jumping with Linux).

    I had a brief exchange with one of the faithful the other day, after commenting on a post discussing the importance of design and user interface in software – in this particular case, free software in the form of elementary OS. The author of the post is a design enthusiast and is not shy about his admiration for both OS X and Windows 8 – he “gets it” – and he was talking about how Apple and Microsoft “get it” too.

    I chimed in to say that was one reason that I use both of those systems. A second person then commented and questioned me directly, saying that he used Ubuntu (of course – I find most of the Linux faithful these days are recent Ubuntu converts, it’s like a bloody cult, I tell you!) and that with his operating system of choice, he can change the entire interface easily with apt-get, and I can’t do that on my systems.

    I sort of smiled, and then replied along the lines of, “Well, both of my computers have ample memory – 6 and 8 GB, respectively – and solid state drives, and I run many different Linux distributions in VMware Fusion and Workstation. With the power I have, I can easily run the Linux distro of my choice with the interface of my choice at roughly 90 percent of full native speed, meaning it is for all intents and purposes indistiguishable from a bare metal install – and I know, as I’ve done it that way before too. If I ran Ubuntu full screen on my MacBook Pro and let you use it, you would not know the difference except that on my laptop video, wireless and power management would work flawlessly, every time, unlike what you might experience on your machine :) and you would be asking me how I did it, how I tweaked the kernel and so on.”

    Yes, you will enjoy Jelly Bean for sure – and we know Key Lime Pie (love the names!) will be even better.

    I saw a great article by a Linux and Android fan the other day on Windows Phone 8. He talked at length about how Microsoft actually seemed to understand the end user for mobile space better than anyone else – the live updating tiles are so much more powerful than iOS (obviously) and even Android’s widgets.

    You’ll laugh at me, saying “make a choice man!”, but I think for now I’m going to sit and wait rather than buy anything completely new.

    I have all along planned to upgrade my office furniture itself, and still will do that (new desk, chair, accessories) since a refreshed workspace will really give me more focus than a new toy in the guise of a hybrid tablet.

    That way, I can also save a bit and wait to see what arrives with the Intel Haswell / Windows 8 hybrids. I just have a feeling if I jump now and buy something, I might be saying “dang, I should have waited”.

    New desk, new chair, a floating monitor arm (always wanted one of those), a new battery for my ThinkPad, which I can continue to use when I’m working in my sitting room upstairs – for it is obviously a more capable machine than a quad-core Android – that is the way for me to go.

    I’ll instead spend some of the tablet money on other things I’ve wanted (some new shoes, a few parts to upgrade my mountain bike perhaps) – save the rest and then add to it and look at a really nice machine right before Christmas!

    1. The great thing about Thinkpads is that they last for years – a timeless design that is built to last and as a result when you do upgrade it is because you want to upgrade rather than necessitated because the device is falling to pieces of failing because of shoddy components used by the OEM.

      What I find funny about the Linux zealots of today is firstly when their distribution of choice is Ubuntu and what is even more comical is when I hear them lecture me about how I know very little about Linux – such an invitation to serve out a ‘smack down’ is too difficult to resist. By the end of such an encouter they realise that when they were lecturing me about the virtues of Linux they were actually making a giant fool of themselves – me starting off in the world of *BSD with the flirtation via Slackware then later Redhat and SuSE but always going back to Slackware due to its tendency to be more ‘vanilla’ than having custom patches left, right and centre. Whilst they’re going on about my ‘inexperience’ I give them a brief walk through in the history of KDE way back in the days when I was downloading precompiled binaries via a dial up modem connection or compiling the 2.2 kernel when the first experimental USB patches started to appear.

      Agreed – end of the day a computer is a means to an end, the operating system allows the applications to run and if you can’t run the applications or use the hardware you want with the said computer then it really doesn’t matter a hill of beans. Whilst the peanut gallery rage against the machine I’ll be sitting here with my Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote being nice and productive without having to deal with bugs and promises that are never fixed by the advocates of freedom.

      Windows Phone 8 I could see having the greatest success in the enterprise – WinRT applications built in house that scale from tablets to phones then up to laptops and desktops – each time the application adapting the GUI according to the screen size and orientation. The possibilities are huge with Blackberry being one of the major competitors who will feel the heat along with Android and to a less extent Apple. Long term Microsoft has finally got an end to end strategy and as their cloud computing services (I pay NZ$6.11 per month for exchange hosting which enables me to use my domain name – ActiveSync working beautifully with my Android phone and Outlook 2010 on my laptop) mature and expand it appears that everything is falling into place.

      Btw, I’ve finished decrapifying my laptop and I’ll do a small review hopefully on Wednesday/Thursday regarding it.

  6. Latest iteration :) if I feel the urge to spend the money that’s burning a hole in my pocket, I think I’ll probably (95 percent chance) purchase a folding Bluetooth keyboard and a Nexus 7 tablet (16 GB). The keyboard will also work with my Nexus phone, and I can tether the Nexus 7 to the phone while on the move. The keyboard I’m considering has a retractable built-in stand for tablets/phones.

    Just looking at what’s coming out on the hybrid tablet/laptop market, and the Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Plus seem more like what I might be able to use.

    Then, I can “downstream” my current hardware to my family. The key factor that keeps bringing me back to this point is the price of the Android hybrid tablet that I was considering – over $700 for the ASUS Transformer Infinity with keyboard, which is pretty much the same as the predicted price for the Samsung Ativ Smart PC (but *that* comes with a nice mobile Atom processor, and full access to all Windows applications).

    One way or another, I’ll figure it out and end up with a setup that works for me :)

    1. For me, although the inner geek wants to have a desktop but the rational side is saying that I already have a laptop and there is no need for a desktop any time soon (or at all). I have a feeling that my rational side will win as it makes little sense at least for me to have two machines as I’d only ever use the desktop on the rare occasion. For me most of my stuff I do this laptop can do without any problems – a SSD, 4GB of memory and a speedy GPU ensure that it can pretty much handle anything I can throw at it, even Creative Suite works beautifully on it too. Throw a USB 1TB external hard disk into the equation and I’ve got more than enough power and storage to keep my happy :-)

  7. That’s just the thing – this ThinkPad T61p was admittedly abused by the former owner, a colleague of mine who had to use it as part of his engineering education (in Canada now, most schools include a “standardized laptop” as part of the tuition – so it went through 4 years of dormitory hell…)

    I bought it from him for $140, cleaned it up really well (even removed the keyboard and literally gave it a bath in my kitchen sink to get out the dirt), upgraded the RAM to 8 GB and the HDD to a 120 GB SSD, then put Windows 8 on it.

    It flies… the only thing it lacks is a web cam, which I admittedly wouldn’t use much anyway, so no big deal.

    So going forward, Lenovo is always first and foremost on my list, whether new or pre-owned.

    I find that sort of funny as well, a lot of these folks haven’t been around for very long in the computer world it seems, and certainly not when it comes to anything to do with Unix-type systems, coding and so forth. I am much like you in that I actually discovered *BSD before I really started considering Linux, but I ended up going with Linux first because I could get it for “free” on magazine covers, whereas I had to buy FreeBSD on-line (downloading was impossible where I live back then, dial-up only).

    When they find out that I also use Windows and OS X, many go off on a tangent about how “you can’t do any serious work on anything but Linux” – this is when I pull out my list of folks who do hardcore Linux work on a daily basis, but use Windows or OS X machines as their desktops of choice and do the work via VMs or remote sessions (people like Bret Taylor, CTO of Facebook; Daniel Robbins, founder of Gentoo/Funtoo, now works for OpenVZ; Lou Montulli, co-founder of Netscape, now at Zetta Inc. – seems pretty serious to me).

    A means to an end, that’s all it is – I’m keen to see what Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT will do as well in enterprise space. One thing is clear, we’re not going to see a mass migration to Linux, in spite of all the wishful thinking of some.

    Glad to hear you have your machine “cleaned up” and good to go, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

    Yeah… the inner geek, that’s my nemesis in all of this too. I know that I can honestly do what I need to do right now with what I have, so no need to throw money at new toys – realistically.

    Darned inner geek.

    1. I have a feeling that sooner than later I’ll get a ThinkStation mainly because for long periods on the computer the desktop is always more comfortable especially when it comes to upgradeability, bigger screen etc. I’m pricing up one right now which includes a 24″ monitor, 1TB hard disk, Nvidia Quadro 2000 graphics card etc. for around NZ$3400 incl. GST. with that being said I’m looking at getting myself a more comfortable chair and desk before I make any sort of purchase – it is great to be back using Windows althought I do miss some of the niceities that come with Mac OS X such as system wide spell checker but I’m willing to give that up for the benefits that come with the transition. With that being said, the ThinkStation is an overkill so I’ll probably go with a ThinkCentre instead which can be said for below NZ$2,000 which leaves me some cash left over.

  8. Believe me, I am likely to do the same thing. My MacBook Pro is for all intents and purposes “tethered” to my desk because I use it like a slim, quiet workstation with external drives that contain my virtual machines and my media.

    Right now I have two 24″ LCD panels but I’m probably going to go back to one, it is almost TOO much and one of my children (the oldest) is getting into gaming, so I think I will pass one of the panels on to him, and save for a 27″ WQHD panel (like the Apple displays).

    It is definitely worth considering going with a ThinkCentre instead of a ThinkStation, since you can save a lot of money that way and end up with a machine that is practically as good – the ThinkStation is nicer for sure, but once again, the risk is turning it into a “dick waving” exercise and you have to ask yourself if paying 50 percent more is going to give you 50 percent improved performance – the answer being, “no”, of course – much the same thought process one must follow when considering Core i5 vs. Core i7 for the processor.

    1. On my day off I’ll be checking out the price for a new chair and book case as I’ll need the cubby underneath my desk to place the tower but then again I don’t like the idea of a the computer down there as I need to have access to the USB ports. I really need a new chair as the old one is pretty uncomfortable – I’ll need to move the desk as well as its location is becoming a bit of a problem in pratical terms (it is in the lounge room). The ThinkCentre is nice; 23inch LCD screen, 3.4Ghz i7, Radeo HD 7450 video card, 1TB hard disk etc. but if i do get that I’ll probably at a later date need to look at getting a webcam and Expression Encoder Pro which includes the ability to capture and encode webcam video. Interesting times and looking forward to getting up tomorrow :D

  9. Heh heh I can see why you were looking forward to getting up :) congratulations on your new hardware purchase!!! I can’t wait to read your review on this too – can you do me a favour, and pay particular attention to the noise from the box under load (or, when you’re doing what you typically do, I guess)? That would be a factor for me, as my current machines are virtually silent (well designed laptops with SSDs).

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