I got OS X Mountain Lion!

Hey guys! I just recently purchase Mac OS X Mountain Lion from the App Store and did a clean install! You may be wondering why I did a clean install. Well since I had very few files I wanted to save, I just put the few files on a 16gb flash drive and then transfered them back to my Macbook Pro after I was done installing. So far Mountain Lion has been great. Mountain Lion has over 200 new features and I am continuing to discover them. I have noticed that Mountain Lion is slightly faster than Snow Leopard. I’ve also noticed a few different trackpad gestures. Mountain Lion is a great Operating System and I would really recommend it to anyone who is using OS X 10.6 or lower. After all, it is only $19.99! 

Four reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival

1. No one needs Windows 8 on the desktop.

Quick: Name one thing about Windows 8 that they don’t already get from Windows 7-or a great desktop Linux like Mint or Mac OS X Lion? I can’t.

Indeed, I can’t think of a single significant new improvement in Windows 8. The ability to refresh the operating system? Faster booting? A Windows Store? Live boot from a USB drive? Come on! All these features have been around in other operating systems for years, and while sure, they’re nice, put them all together and at most they’re worth a Windows 7 Service Patch–not a whole new operating system.

2. Metro: An ugly, useless interface.

As everyone knows, Windows 8 has a totally new default interface: Metro. When I look at Metro, however, I see gaudy colors, boxy designs, applications that can either run as a small tile or as full screen with no way to resize or move windows.

Even if Metro was the best thing since sliced bread, which it isn’t, it will still require users to learn a new way of doing the same old thing. That’s a failure of an idea right here. Sure, you can use the ‘Classic’ desktop experience instead, but hey, I have an idea! Why not just use the Windows XP or 7 “classic” interface instead?

3. Where are the Windows 8 Applications?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (read Windows 8 public beta) will be here real soon now and we still don’t know next to anything about Windows 8’s applications.

Seriously? Windows 8 will probably be out by this fall and we still don’t know anything about its apps? Come on! How can you take this operating system seriously?

4. Too little, too late for the smartphone/tablet market

Metro’s real point, of course, isn’t for desktop users. It’s Microsoft’s last gasp attempt to be a player on tomorrow’s computers: smartphones and tablets. If Microsoft was bringing something truly revolutionary to mobile devices, or they were still able to strong-arm original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s into loading Windows on their devices, I think they’d have a shot at the mobile space. Neither is true.

Smartphones are a dog fight between Android and iOS. Tablets did belong to Apple, but now Samsung, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are giving the iPad a fight for the tablet marketplace. Android and iOS are mature, have enormous developer communities and are wildly popular. Heck, if you count smartphones, thanks to the iPhone Apple is now the number one “PC” vendor in the world.

On top of that, the U.S. phone carriers have no interest in a Windows Phone. Too old, too slow Microsoft is arriving much too late to the 2010s style of mobile computing to be a significant player and that means Windows 8 Metro won’t find an audience either. I see no room left for a major third-party platform. A minor player, like KDE or Ubuntu? Sure. A Microsoft? No.

Add it up. The majority of Windows users have only just switched over from XP to Windows 7 in, at best, November 2011. Microsoft is now asking for its users to switch to a platform with no significant improvements, a radically different interface, and which is very likely to have few applications. The result? Window 8 will be dead on arrival.

The Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Well, as you may know, Apple has recently leased the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display. So you may be asking yourself, “What does retina display mean?” The Retina Display is an increase in the pixel density by 4 times with the same amount of space. By having more pixels, you can have far more precision and a great increase in the sharpness of the text. The retina display has 220 pixels per inch. The highest supported resolution is 2880 by 1800 pixels.

The Macbook Pro with Retina display has a starting price of a whopping $2,199.00. Personally, I think this price is ridiculous, but that’s just Apple. The low end MBP with Retina display has a 15 inch screen with an i7 processor 2.3 GHz. Both of the Retina display MBP’s do come with 8gb of ram, but there is one problem. Unfortunately, Apple decided to solder the ram into the computer so you are unable to upgrade yourself. This poor decision is the main reason why I do not have any future plans on purchasing the computer. Although, if you don’t feel that 8gb is enough you can customize your macbook pro on Apple website to have 16 gigabytes of memory instead of 8, for an addition 200 dollars. Lastly, the MBP Retina display has a 256GB SSD(upgradable to 512gb). Unlike an HDD, an SSD does not have any moving parts in it, therefore it is much faster than an HDD. SDD’s usually have less capacity but provide less power draw, less heat, less noise, and are overall faster. I assume that Apple decided to use SSDs in their Macbook Pro’s because of the sudden drop in price for Solid State Drives. The reason their price has dramatically dropped is because of the Cloud. Apple’s Macbook Pro with Retina display may be extremely pricey, but it is definitely worth the money if you really need the screen resolution for precise photo editing or any other pixel related task. Also, if you are not willing to upgrade the ram yourself and desperately need an SSD than go for it!

Hey Everyone!

Well, this is my blog guys! Basically what I will be discussing here are the following topics: computers(desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.), Operating Systems(Windows, OS X, Linux distros), latest technology, and much more! This blog is primarily meant for information. I do not plan on making this blog look amazing, nor put advertisements on it to gain a profit. The purpose of this blog is to discuss certain topics and state opinions and/or facts. So with all that said, start your bloggin’!!!

By Adam Posted in Home