It’s official: Apple say no 12″ MacBook Pro is coming

Dave Chartier was wondering if Apple would produce a 12″ MacBook Pro to replace the 12″ Powerbook, and was told on the phone by Apple that “a 12-inch MacBook Pro ain’t gonna happen.”

This definitely saddens me. I bought the very first 12″ powerbook that Apple released 3 years ago and this definitely saddens me. What about all the accesories I bought for my trusty 12″? My bag, the screen protector, sleeve, are all custom made for the 12″. It was just right. Couldn’t they make one that was similar to the black Macbook but with a heftier graphics card and the same aluminium casing for the 13″. But this time call it the 13″ Macbook Pro?

I would definitely like to buy the Macbook, but I find the 64 shared video card of Intel very limiting and it is still forcing me to get the bigger 15″. If the video card could be replaced by those found in the Macbooks, I would love to get one for myself.

I love that it’s much easier to access the HD now in the macbook that in it’s previous incarnation. Which is one of the main reasons I’m inclined to purchase a Macbook instead of a Macbook Pro. I don’t do much video editing now, nor do I do a lot of graphics editing. Which makes a macbook just right. But I do want to play games and that is something that the graphics of the macbook cannot handle. Which is why I am inclined to give the macbook pro another chance. I hate Apple for giving me these hard decisions.

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Sony: PS3 is ‘Too Cheap’

Following Monday’s pre-E3 press event, SCE head Ken Kutaragi spoke with Japan’s IT Media and made a surprising statement regarding the PS3’s price: “It’s probably too cheap.” Kutaragi said.

In relation to what? In relation to a brand new car or to gas prices today, maybe?

Having just purchased an Xbox 360 Platinum edition a few weeks ago, which I thought was already expensive and now this comes by.

We all know that Sony is going to lose a lot of money on the consoles alone due to the Blu-Ray drive inside but who really needs blu-ray at this point? Or HD-DVD for that matter?

If the consoles already cost this much, how much more for the games?
Xbox 360 games alone already cost $10 more than any brand new game on the other consoles around.

It may be an uphill battle for Sony this time around instead with Nintendo with the games and the 360 with the price point. They just show themselves in the foot with this price announcement. Unless PS3 fans are just as avid as Mac users, I don’t see this selling well until the price drops. Much like the gamecube price drop to $99 which was the time I purchased my GC.

Sony may be able to suceed if they are able to get the game out the door at launch time or at least near the launch time. The main reason I got the 360 or the original PS2 for that matter was because of the games. But without the games this may just gather dust on the shelves then that would be the time to buy the console when the price drops.

If they are able to keep the games at $50, they may still make some money off this.

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Why don’t I feel sorry

This afternoon’s headlines just made me shrug it off. “Congressman’s SUV carjacked!”

I don’t know the congressman personally or even heard of him until today. But when I heard that a congressman’s SUV was jacked! The first thing that popped in my mind was, “go ahead who cares. That’s probably how he got his in the first place.” But maybe not in such violent means. But for me to think of that sort of thing. Such horror!

Such horror that I would think that a congressman would steal a car. But still, why would I think that way? Would I think that way if they actually did something to help the country? Would I think that way if they can spend MY HARD EARNED TAX MONEY on something else rather than LIVING INSIDE CONGRESS HIDING FROM THE POLICE! Can they spend more time writing and passing bills that would protect our rights on the web and content that we create such as movies and music and ideas.

Maybe if they did something more productive than just grandstanding on television about how the president should resign. I would probably feel sorry if their car got stolen. Maybe finally someone will do something about it now.


Intel Mac Mini

I got an Intel Duo Core mac mini for myself last week. After months of agonizing on what computer to buy, I finally decided to get the mac mini.

It comes with Front Row, a nifty program from Apple which allows the  user to control and access movies, music, podcasts, DVDs using a remote control. 

I got a stock mac mini just days after Apple released a beta version of Boot Camp. What it simply does is that it allows the user to install Windows XP on the mini. No mirroring, no virtualization, you can boot it up like a regular windows box. But since you can boot it up llike a regular windows box, it is now open to all the attacks that windows users are exposed to.
I went in and installed Boot Camp and Windows XP without a hitch. I then went on to download and install anti-spyware and virus protection software. In went iTunes, AIM, Yahoo, Google Earth, the few PC software that I regularly need. There’s Firefox and an updated IE and Window Media Player.

Please be aware that it is beta software, so not everything is guaranteed to work. But if you’re just surfing and chatting and stuff, there shouldn’t be a problem. I just get so paranoid running it that I switch back to Mac OSX after a while. I can’t stand the pop ups telling me of applications trying to access the web.

On the Intel side, it feels like a regular mac, no one would be able to tell the difference between the PPC powered OS or the Intel. Universal Binary Applications run fast on the mini. I almost can’t tell that I’m using a mini. The only sad part about it is the video card. Only a meager 64MB. Not bad for just ordinary stuff, but a real pain for games.

Applications that run on Rosetta, a hidden translator that would allow applications built for PPC to run on Intel runs a bit sluggish. Surfing is a bit troublesome at times when it processes the sites. The result is the same whether it’s on Safari or Firefox. iTunes runs without a hitch. I still have to try Garageband and try to make my very own podcast.

Front row is great with the exception of the movie trailers. A bug that annoys a number of users now. More to come. 

Lawless Web

I just came from iBlog2, a conference of Philippine bloggers. The keynote speaker, Rebecca Mckinnon, formerly of CNN, now with Harvard raised some very interesting points about the whole blogging revolution happening online.

It is no secret that blogging has liberated the flow of information on the web. However there are no laws to protect the content that is posted on the web or any intellectual property or copyright laws that would protect anything created. Blogs can then be harassed, ideas be plagiarized and allow for internet piracy go on.

Blogs are not the only thing affected by the lack of proper laws protecting the internet. Porn, illegal file sharing and malicious attacks go on in the country. Even if they are only caught by authorities, since there is no law against this they are let go only with a few days of jail term and a small fine despite how grave the damage done on businesses and internet.

Our lawmakers apparently have more time getting rid of the president than passing laws that benefit us. One lawmaker stated why there is no intellectual copywright law saying “walang pera diyan” translated in English, “there’s no money in it”.

We are definitely a democratic country, majority of Filipinos do no have access to the internet, yet it is this very infrastructure that affects their daily lives. Its just that they don’t care.

Get off your fat asses and pass a bill that will protect us and our ideas.

Yada, yada, yada.

People keep complaining about the things that were allegedly taken away by Proclamation 1017 and keep comparing it to Martial Law and so on.

Ever count the stuff that we do have? You never look for it until it’s gone. Maybe we really don’t deserve the freedom we have if we take it foregranted.

Puhleeaaazzzeeeee. The only ones who lost over the past few weeks were honest people trying to make a living but these so called “defenders of our liberty” just ruined everything. Scared off a ton of foreign buyers from Manila and went to Singapore. Do an honest days work for once. I dare you. Not one person who went to the streets last Friday had an honest job to begin with. Don’t call yourself defenders of liberty when you don’t even live in it.

State of Emergency

As the President of the Republiuc of the Philippines declares a “State of Emergency”, and life goes on. The events of today ask Filipinos the question, do we deserve the freedom what we currently enjoy? If the events of today will be the basis then the answer would be no.

Filipinos have too much freedom.

Today we have just demonstrated the lack of respect the citizens have for the law, and I don’t mean the president.

While we as citizens of the republic are entitled to civil liberties and one of them is the freedom of speech and thought. Those who went to the streets today also have to respect the lives of many whom they have disrupted today. I, as a citizen of the republic also have the right to say no to what they have done and to what they have asked. They obstructed traffic and hampered the operations of numerous businesses and lives. That is time that can never be turned back or returned. All because they think they own the street. If they have no respect for those they aim to “liberate”. What
respect can they give the presidency.

As a President of a nation, she cannot just abandon or resign her elected post every time a group of people ask her to step down based on heresay and baseless allegations. It would mean that no one who would hold that position would get any work done. By stepping down, she would have failed the people who elected her and she would have failed the nation as well as the presidency.

Democracy is not just freedom. It also means respect. And that is something that Filipinos still have to work on. I just hope it doesn’t take another twenty years.