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An excellent definition of schadenfreude, courtesy of avon_deer.

Some might recall the recent art stunt of a stuffed rat being smuggled into the Natural History museum, and placed as an "exhibit" for several hours - here's a good photo. The sunglasses are quite becoming. ^_^

rubberskunk amongst others might like DRM's Sci-Fi artwork, suggestive - sometimes explicitly - of transformations.

Okay, hell's officially frozen over. Michael Dell says "If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers." Forget the processors - Dell and Jobs have been legendarily disdainful of each other's companies.

Should be interesting.. Errol Morris, who directed the Switch series of ads for Apple (and films including The Thin Blue Line, and The Fog of War), is in the process of creating another set for said fruitiers - this time, including the use of an Ames room.

It's nothing revolutionary, in the tech used, but still, this captioning system for cinemas struck me as quite neat.

I think akira114 will join with me in affirming the sentiments in this Over the Hedge.

Coming to the end of season 27 of Doctor Who, the BBC have committed to two more. Yay! And, next season's directors will include "James Hawes (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances), Euros Lyn (End of the World/The Unquiet Dead) and classic series director Graeme Harper."

Ye gods, but the OS X devtools take up some space.. still, I did go the whole hog, installing everything possible - WebObjects, SDKs from 10.2.8 to 10.4 (PPC/Intel), documentation (865MB!), gcc 3.3 & 4.0, examples, and more. In all, about 2.6GB.. which meant some hoop-jumping, with the disk space available, but a quart does indeed fit into a pint pot. Just mop up behind the connectors at the rear periodically.
It doesn't surprise me that Dell would say that, though. Right now PC manufacturers are a bit pissed off at Microsoft, since PC manufacturers know that one of their biggest drivers to sell people new hardware is the availability of an OS upgrade that wants more power. With Longhorn getting pushed further and further back and with its feature set shrinking by the day to get some sort of delivery date, there's a distinct possibility that their sales will be soft until 2006, and then Longhorn won't do enough to move the hardware even when it is released. Dell may honestly never intend to offer OS X on his machines, but this is a great way to tell Microsoft to get off its ass. :)
Could well be - just look at the nigh monthly rumblings they issue about looking at AMD processors - in which case it's actually worked. ^_^ It seems the expected (latest estimate, at any rate, given how long it's telescoped) release of Longhorn was the end of 2006, which led to Jobs placing Leopard around the same time.

In the past few days, we've learned the former's shifted to Summer 2006. ^_^ I dare say they'll make it this time, as it sounds like there's been a great deal of trimming back in the project's scope.

Meanwhile, there's Tiger, today. ^_^ (Like Exposé, Spotlight's essentially quite a simple idea - but it really works well. It's not that the search is so deep, but that the required metadata is automatically indexed immediately, so everything (on local drives only, which is, for me, a major limitation. Easy enough for Apple or a third party to redesign, but presumably that route was chosen to avoid bringing office LANs to their knees) is searchable as soon as it's been saved, with no extra effort by the application or user)

Ah, if only AmigaOS could find a sugar daddy.. or RISC OS, for that matter. But the barrier to entry in the computer market, whether in computers per se, or just operating systems, is so drastically high, and I don't really see most people in CompUSA et al really caring what's driving their computer. Still, greater diversity would be good to see - and at least the whole desktop/office/server shebang's properly alive again, with OS X leading Apple back from its benign condition, and Linux reminding people of the world of open source, as well as providing a solid platform for many purposes. A far better state of affairs than the dark days of the early 90s and late 80s, to be sure, even if the diversity in desktop/laptop processors isn't exactly blossoming. (But who knows? With no backwards binary compatibility to worry about, maybe Apple can help Intel sprout into areas not dominated by the wretchedly crusty x86 ISA. And with a little more thoughtfulness than Itanium.. *cough* :)