Migration and Lance


awright, I got my iPhone talking to my new user account. All I did was tell the "Applications" tab to sync with my iPhone, and it copied the apps to my new iTunes install. Then I did the "wipe", letting iTunes blow out my iPhone's music library. At this point, my contacts and iPhone apps are synchronous with the iTunes install on my new laptop's new user account. I spent an hour or so copying the music from my old user account to my new one, and after all that things aren't perfect, but they are good. My old files from my old user account are on my new laptop, and after a little terminal action I changed the permissions…

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Speedy


3421 seconds. That's how long it took my new laptop to render the de facto radiance benchmark scene. That's good enough for 13th place on the list, not bad for a laptop marketed to college kiddies and soccer moms. My old laptop is 36% slower in this test, and cost me $700 more than my new one. Amazing. Full stats: rpict user time: 3421 proc: Intel Core 2 Duo cores: 1/2 clock speed: 2.4 GHz cache: 3 MB OS: OS X 10.5.6 Radiance ver: 4.0a compiler: gcc 4.0.1 compile options: -O2 -ffast-math -funroll-loops results: 691120680 rays date: 2008-12-29 submitter: robg…

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Good and Bad


Well, it's been a few days now, and I have good news and bad news about the new MacBook Pro. First off, it's fast; much faster than my old Powerbook, but then again my old Powerbook is four years old and that's not a fair comparison. Regardless, I'm pleased as hell with the speed, and recently ran a Radiance benchmark test on it and the MacBook Pro proved its mettle. But some other niggly details are pissing me off and ringing in my ears (literally) and I feel the need to vent. Where the hell did tabbed browsing go? I'm using Safari once again because it's a Universal Binary, and I'm trying to simplify my life so I thought running…

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Woohoo!


It's here! My new MacBook Pro! OS X running on a dual-core Intel. Backlit keyboard. 15.4" screen. Friggin' great. So far, so good, but a few bumps in the road too. For some reason, I can't connect to my wireless router, so I'm leeching off of a less-than-clued-in neighbor's open router, but the first thing I really need is the latest version of xcode so I can compile Radiance, and the damned installer is over 800 megabytes, so as that crawls into my hard drive I'm just playing with the new gadgets like Spotlight and Dashboard, and setting up some of the basic apps. The email program that ships with OS X is vastly improved with this version, and…

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