31 Dec 2001 opie   » (Observer)

IE on MacOSX sucks to degrees that I cannot begin to describe in words.

First, it contains a minimal feature set when compared to what the cretins on Win32 w/ IE5 are using. Which is sad, because I remember when it first came out, it was actually more standards compliant and generally better than Win32 IE. Then it succumbed to 'bit rot'.

Those top-flight coders at MS have done nothing but take the existing Classic codebase and drap a thin veneer of Carbon over it. The fact that it is just POOR when compared to other Carbonized applications should really reflect badly on MS. Thoth, for example, is a great Carbon app. Its fast and stable. The widgets ALWAYS look like Aqua widgets; IE can't decide when to render Aqua widgets, or Classic widgets. I should take some screenshots when this happens, its truly amazing.

On the new machine front: I'm going to try to get RockLinux installed on my main development server, then try to get it installed onto my Mac. Although I fear the yaboot thing; I could never get it to work and had to use SuSE.

My new machine shopping is going well: a fast Athlon XP with a Gainward GeForce3 and all the trimmings is $732 + S&H. Sadly this is going to be a game machine all the way... I think I am going to pawn some gear and use that to buy it. I might wait a little while longer, another couple of months, see how far prices go down.

I have a question I can never get answered to my satisfaction, because no one seems to have an answer. How far can prices on computers go? Right now, this machine is: EPoX mobo, Athlon XP 1500, 512MB ECC, SB Live!, Gainward Geforce3, and all the trimmings (HD, kb, mouse, etc etc). $732.

How much lower can this go? Obviously, in a year, it'll be worth fuck-all, as Intel will have its 2Ghz CPUs out, and the GeForce3 will be old/outdated or merely a reference for what performance is; the new cards will blow them away. It'll be worth about $50 if I sell/pawn it.

How far down can hardware go?

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