Monthly Archives: February 2008

Netscape we salute you for who you were.

Today I got wind of some bad news coming down the slopes of geekness. AOL the current owners of the Netscape Browser have decided to discontinue the software package. After 3/1/08 there will be no more security updates to the package l, Thus creating another lonely fizzle in the Pre/Post Dot COM bubble. I saw this come across the wire and I closed my eyes and could hear TAPs slightly playing in the back ground for all to hear.

Looking back Netscape at one time was the most popular software on the planet, and I had a piece of it. I remember going to the computer store and buying the Netscape Navigator 2.0 software which came on 3.5 Floppy Disk. I may actually still have those disk floating around my house although in all the moves over the years I may have trashed them.

Netscape was the best browser back in the mid 90’s the company was started by by Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark, who both grew the company into a force to be reckoned with, but like all good things it had to come to and end. Microsoft first tried to compete with Netscape by creating a browser but was far more inferior then Netscape and fail miserably. So the powers that be at Microsoft decided to give the software away for free, and also to bundle it with the manufactures of PC’s. Not only did this give Microsoft a great second wind in the fight, they tied the browser so much into the Operating Systems that they were sued by Netscape and the Department of Justice for those practices.

Netscape didn’t know what hit them they tried to compete but with Microsoft throwing money at the Internet Explorer division like President Bush throws money at the IRAQ war they had no chance. I guess knowing they had no fair chance for survival in 98 they open sourced the software which crated other browsers such as FireFox, Opera, and others that worked wonders.

The possible threat to Microsoft was fully squashed with never being able to pick up again. Some of us Geeks have been around these parts (the internet) for a long time while others are just getting here. We always look for who will be the one to dethrone Microsoft and I gotta tell ya, there are some companies that are giving it a good go right now. The only problem is when you competitor can give you COLD hard Cash up to 50 BILLION Dollars to buy you out right, CASH! The competition is only gonna last so long. Companies like Microsoft will get there way some how we just know it.

The Black Tech Report…

MacBook Air Nice but still Suck Ass

After the tremendous launch of the newest gadget from Apple I finally decided to drop a little science on the community at large. When Steve Jobs talks it’s like the old E. F. Hutton commercials “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen” well change that to “When Steve Jobs talks, geeks listen”. In my opinion he is a great visionary and he must eat and sleep innovation. Ok getting back to the topic at hand.While most are talking about how thin the new MacBook Air is 0.76 inch thick, we don’t really say ” has there ever been a thinner laptop” My understanding is that there was one created by Mitsubishi back in 1997 but we know where they are today in the computer industry. When this MacBook Air was introduced I knew it had great innovation but at the same time something has to be sacrificed. Everyone looks at how thin the laptop is and how beautiful the lines are and the design. Well don’t let that sheep’s wool fool you.Here are the problems I see with the new MacBook Air this is in no order so please get a life:

  • The MacBook Air has one USB port, and guess what else No build in optical (CD-ROM drive), Firewire, Ethernet or Mobile Broadband. Also staying with the norm, no Media Card reader or expansion slot.
  • No interchangeable battery, I guess that means you will be calling your local apple store for an appointment, more of your productive time gone in the wind.

I think you see where I’m going with this I guess if you only surf the net, and you live eat and sleep itunes, and the new movies you can download from apple, then by far this is the Laptop for you. Otherwise you might want to buy a real Mac, with real ports you can stick real things into and gain instant excitement. There is nothing finner then running 5 USB ports with 1 firewire and SD slots to boot.

The MacBook Air does have the iSight camera and mic attached, and also an LED-backlit display that seems to work with an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and such. I am glad that the keyboard seems to be the same size as that found on the other MacBooks backlight keys and such also.

Well on another note there is something really cool with the trackpad from my understanding it works with multi touch gestures. I guess other Mac’s let you use two fingers to scroll through documents and this one lets you use three fingers, seem like a seen straight out of I,Robot or Minority Report.

Getting down to the meat and bones of it all the HD is only an 80GB HD and it’s slow as hell it’s only 4,200RPM, OMG talk about the dark ages, But hold the phone apple did this special for you, see you can upgrade to the 64GB SSD (solid state hard drive) which reduces heat and is a big faster but WTF it’s a $999 upgrade for less HD space, you have got to be kidding me. Let the hoodwinking begin for sure right here at this point.

Finally I guess I wanted to write this because I’m tired of all the talk about this unit, It’s pretty it sits on the slopes of innovation, and for most we would love to take a ride, but at what cost? I mean if you have $1,799 just sitting around and you wanna get a great machine to have while your sipping coffee at your local Starbucks then by all means go for the gusto with all the upgrades. But if you really want a Mac and it’s gonna be your first Mac don’t make a mistake and get this one, it will only disappoint you.

P.S. When I finally touch the Mac then I will repost and probably lick the screen, but until that day the MacBook Air is just over bloated like a Grandmother with water on her ankles. She can stand up to the best of them, but only for so long, then she gonna be hurting to sit her ass down.