We are having an interesting discussion at gaming tonight about the trajectory of the computer market. Iain and I are arguing that Windows PC’s are being squeezed out by tablets running iOS or Android. Tom and John argue that Windows dominates the workplace. John goes so far as to say he knows of *no* company that uses tablets.Thus this post, where we will predict the market share of Windows PC’s in 3 years [Aug 2015]. I will go first and say that Windows will have 1/2 the market share it has now. Further, in the workplace it will have 2/3rds of its current market share. I will further predict that Windows will be relegated to 3rd place in market share in 4 years [Aug 2016]. John agrees with my 1/2 market share overall, but says 3/4 in the workplace. John thinks it will take 20 years [Aug 2032] before Windows is in 3rd place of market share. Iain says non-Windows computers (which includes tablets but excludes phones) will be 40% of the market in 3 years [Aug 2015]. Tom says in three years there will be 3/4 the number of desktop PC’s (i.e. not tablets). This includes laptops as a “desktop PC”. He also says the absolute number of PC’s running Windows will only drop a little bit, say by 15%. The share of tablets sold in that year will be 50% and desktops+laptops at 50%. Jeff includes smartphones and predicts tablets + smartphones will be [… Bueller?] Vartan says the market share of PCs (vs tablets+smartphones) will be more than 1% in 3 years [Aug 2015]. The absolute number of PC users will be about the same. Note: we all agree to allow MS Surface (remember those?) to be included as Windows PC’s, even the ARM ones.
The selection is pretty anemic so far though.No Canon camcorders for instance. Only Sony. Amazon.ca electronics. [kickback-free!]
It seems that (a) Apple is pissed at Rogers data plans and is limiting its shipments of iPhones to Canada as a result, and (b) Rogers will let you buy an iPhone on your existing plan, without a data plan.Now, *I* would think that you would have to pay a higher price for the iPhone, since Rogers is subsidizing them with their onerous data plans, but Sergey says that you will still be able to pay the $200/$300 prices. We will see, I suppose. P.S. This is a “blog post” submitted via ping.fm , and I’m curious how it will look.. P.P.S. This is a second attempt. Hope I can delete the first one from LiveJournal..
I managed to get ssh working at last.
And then I tried to
enable USB storage,
but that was a mistake.
I thought it meant I could plug in a USB drive and the Apple TV would play content off of it.
But no, it meant rebuilding the kernel so that any USB drive plugged in to the Apple TV would have its main disk copied to it. The idea is that this external, much larger disk will be the new boot volume.
But that’s not what I wanted at all.
So the Apple TV got stuck, so .. I reset to factory settings (that’s a brilliant option, btw). So, I know I can do it now.
The scripts “out there” are pretty rough and tumble.
I’m thinking I may create a Mac OS X 10.4.9 partition on my Mac Pro, just so that I can copy over all the missing frameworks and libraries so that I can get things like wget to work..
I just popped out to the
Apple Store in the Eaton Centre
and bought myself an
Apple TV (take two). I got the smaller model since Apple charges over $100 for 120 GB more storage.
For $143 I can get a 210 GB more storage
from Canada Computers. Many thanks to Iain, who pointed me at
It needs to be hacked, to add support for other codecs like DivX, XviD, and mkv (Merikovian? Merovincian?)
iTunes rentals were a non-story, having been expected for months.
The MacBook Air, while sleek and sexy, isn’t really for the broader market. Like Jeff, I was hoping for the iPhone in Canada.
But now I fear that Rogers has killed it, at least until the 3G iPhone comes out.
Leopard requires I wipe my hard drive (more on why later perhaps), so I need to vacate my main partition.
This means I often leave discs burning late at night when I go to bed.
When Toast finished burning a DVD, it opens the DVD tray with your shiny, newly-burned DVD. Luisa is up early in the morning, and now that I’ve taken over her office, she likes to use my Mac.
It has Firefox, so she’s at home browsing the web, reading gmail, etc.
But yesterday morning, when she got up to leave, her knee smashed into the open DVD tray. So, I’m down one DVD burner.
Not too bad, since my Mac has two (it’s a Mac Pro).
So, it’s time to shop for a new one. Canada Computers has the
LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray HD DVD Combo Drive
for sale at $294.
But I would only be able to watch Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies in Windows, since I don’t think Mac OS X supports it yet.
It also doesn’t *burn* either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.
So, .. is it worth it?
So while I’m in San Francisco next week, I want to go visit a Fry’s Electronics to both pick up a new phone for home (the Panasonic KX-TG1034s with an extra handset), and to just browse.
There is no store near Toronto like Fry’s.
It’s like Canada Computers on steroids.
In order to go to Fry’s I’ll have to take the CalTrain (very similar to Toronto’s GO Trains) to Palo Alto and then
either walk or take a cab for two miles. If anyone has advice about electronics stores in San Francisco, I would gladly appreciate it!
stack o’ videos – click for readable text!
You see, the videocamera has this teeny-tiny FireWire jack.
I’ll try asking at Friday night gaming, if I remember.
I guess I could always buy one while I’m in San Francisco next week..
I put this in my crontab:
This turns three of my four CPUs off between midnight and 8:30am every day.
# save energy by disabling unused CPUs
0 0 * * * /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_disable 2; /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_disable 3; /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_disable 4
30 8 * * * /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_enable 2; /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_enable 3; /usr/bin/hwprefs cpu_enable 4
Since each CPU burns a fair number of watts, I’m hoping this will save me some power costs.
I looked for a way to set the CPUs to “power conserve” mode or something in the energy/sleep settings, but no luck.