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Update – Its Friday the 13th!! Oh teh noes!!

Posted by senseichow on April 13, 2007

Finally finished Gail Z. Martin’s The Summoner – review will be up shortly.

I received a very intriguing ARC from Solaris Books yesterday. A book called Set The Seas On Fire, by Chris Roberson. The blurb on the front page describes it as “Horatio Hornblower meets HP Lovecraft!” which suggests a level of bad-assedness which is truly… badass. Read a few pages already, and it looks promising so far.

For one reason or another, I’ve been a bit lax with my reading of Brian Lumley’s Necroscope: The Touch. Now that The Summoner and I Am Legend are out of the way, I should be able to make further headway into the novel.

I’ve also got hold of a copy of Daniel Abraham’s A Shadow In Summer, based on reading an interview he did over at Fantasy Book Critic. Also halfway through Scott Marlowe’s Hall Of The Wood (released online by the author, for free), and just received Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 (another cheap buy from eBay). Sigh… just gotta find the time to read all them too.

Speaking of Fantasy Book Critic, he’s got a great interview with Richard K. Morgan, of Takeshi Kovacs fame. Its been up for a couple of weeks, check it out. And while we’re talking about interviews, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has an interview with Ian Cameron Esslemont. You know… the guy who co-created that funny little Malazan world. There’s some good info about Return Of The Crimson Guard in there too.

In other news, various sites are reporting the sad delaying of Mac OS 10.5, aka Leopard, till October 😦

They were originally planning to launch Leopard in June, but apparently they had to pull people from the development team to get the iPhone ready for its own June launch. No doubt the news will have millions of Mac fanboys sobbing tears of heartfelt sorrow into their mocha lattes this morning while cradling their MacBooks and listening to Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan on iTunes. Hell, I know I was.

The onus is on Apple now, with all the extra months they’ve bought themselves, to ship a truly great OS. I don’t mean just a snazzy new interface with eye popping graphics which is safe, secure, and stable while using up half the system resources of Windows Vista; no, no, we’ll take that for granted. This is Apple after all.

I mean an OS which redefines the word awesomeness, taking it the limit time and again. I expect Leopard to not just provide a… beyond awesome? ‘bawesome’? computing experience, but to bring about World Peace, whilst solving the AIDS crisis and ending our dependence on fossil fuels. All the while relentlessly hunting for Sarah Connor.

Hasta la Vista baby? F**ck yes.


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Mac Makeover

Posted by senseichow on March 20, 2007

I’ve been seriously tempted to get one of the 24″ iMacs lately, but if this news is true then I guess I’ll just have to hold on.

What with Leopard, AppleTV and the iPhone coming up, its gonna be a hell of a summer for Apple.

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Browser Wars

Posted by senseichow on March 16, 2007

Safari or Firefox as browser of choice for Macs?

Safari has that native Mac feel, and its fast. But it doesn’t work well with all websites. Gmail makes it crash on my machine (which really sucks). Blogger and WordPress’ post editing options don’t display fully in Safari either. Firefox on the other hand is probably the world’s best web browser. Its extremely secure and is compatible with just about everything. It just doesn’t feel very Mac like and it feels (this is purely subjective) just a little bit slower than Safari.

At the moment I’m using Safari as my default browser and have Firefox set just for editing this blog and using Gmail. (I used to have Camino for this task but in the end I decided might as well just use the original Firefox instead of a slightly watered down version.)

I’m hoping the upcoming improvements to Safari in Leopard will let me finally complete the switch, but who knows, Firefox 3 is coming too. Guess I’ll just have to watch and wait.

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PC Gaming on a Mac!

Posted by senseichow on August 22, 2006

Parallels and full speed gaming

This has been well digg’d already, but is worth checking out. If you really could run the latest, tastiest PC games on a Mac, at native/near native speeds, without ever having to leave the comfort of your own OS X………

There’s really no reason to deny yourself one of the sweet sweet Mac Pros.

I’ll be watching this one with interest.


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