Microsoft’s (infamous) Vista SP1 video

By now you’ve probably already seen this leaked video from Microsoft, apparently an internal “motivating” video from the Vista sales department, about SP1.

Microsoft claims it’s actually a spoof, but I have a hard time believing it. I’ve seen my share of sales droids making complete fool of themselves in trying to be “cool”, embarrassing their audience to the point of physical discomfort. And for a spoof to be this long and so dull, it’s just not convincing at all.

At least when geeks behave in a ridiculous fashion, like when they go to a Sci-Fi convention wearing appalling costumes, they have the excuse of being out of touch with reality. That’s part of the definition. But sales people ? These ones are supposed to be very much in the real world, aren’t they ?

May be not so after all :-).

using your iphone as a plane boarding pass

A while ago I read this post (linked from here) which tells about how Gerald Buckley had successfully used his iphone to display his boarding pass and get the barcode scanned at the boarding desk.

Well, I just tried that this morning, and… it worked, much to the amazement of the guy at the desk. Reading the comments on both posts, it seems there’s nothing new to it though, people have been doing this for ages, even on other devices.

Turning the page

So today I finally made official my move away from Linux, through a post on the rosegarden-devel mailing list : I’m an ex-free software Linux developer, aiming to be a free software OS X developer. My only use of Linux is now on my home server (except at work where I still write Java on Linux). It’s been 13 years since my first Slackware install, with kernel v1.2.8 back in 1995 on a 90MHz pentium with, at the time, 16Mb of RAM and 512Mb HD.

The first reply I got was a “me too” from an other user, who had made the same switch for the same reasons. He also mentionned that sound on OS X wasn’t that rosy either : USB peripherals recognition problems, stability issues with Logic Audio… However these problems are on a higher level than those on Linux. Actually, I wish Linux had this kind of problems, but instead we have to deal with the most basic “can’t hear anything” issues (or similar basic stuff like my mouse’s tilt wheel being broken by a kernel update). And I’m just so f*cking tired of this.

Plus there’s the fact that writing a music editor for an OS which already has the equivalent of alsa, jackd, qsynth and our own RG sequencer in it is somewhat more motivating than endlessly trying to debug random sound setup problems.

To tell the truth, even though I did gain a lot through these years, had I known that Linux would still be in such a state after all this time, I would have had jumped ship two or three years ago already, when OS X was starting to look welcoming enough. Core Audio might not have been as mature as it is now, though.