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Comment Re: Meh. (Score 1) 119

You don't want to upgrade. The new Mac Mini is slower than the quad core. They have no replacement for the mac mini 2012 quad core model yet without spending $2000 on an iMac. I just went through this and couldn't find a single mac that was faster for under $1800.

That said, many of the new macs have SSD and better graphics but CPU performance is a joke. I decided to put a SSD into my mini instead and now I have most of the performance of a new mini in terms of IO but much faster processor.

Comment Re:One Source (Score 1) 99

Two events happened to kill interest in SPARC and POWER:

1. Apple switched to Intel. Macs were cheap, lowend POWER systems. Many ports to IBM hardware started as Mac ports.
2. Oracle bought Sun. The few remaining workstations disappeared. The cheap 1u servers from the .COM era were killed.

I have two Sun Netra T1 servers in my basement. I used to support SPARC64 on MidnightBSD and even had bought some used Ultra 10 systems for that purpose early in the project. However, it was hard to find parts that were cheap and reliable to keep them running. Then oracle shutdown free access to documentation and firmware updates. I gave up. I haven't powered on the systems for awhile. My goal is a desktop system and without workstations, there is no point in making a desktop OS for a line that only has serial ports.

Comment Re:Too many choices (Score 1) 508

Why even bother with the air now. What the iPhone taught be is that people either want huge screens or small screens. They don't want in between devices.

iPad Mini
iPad (what is now the plus)


Apple rep asks if you want big or small and storage. That is it.

Comment Re:launchd not as bad as systemd (Score 2) 165

It isn't about saving 5 seconds at system startup. People use that as an excuse because it's user visible. People constantly complain to me about MidnightBSD boot speed though. The real reason to do launchd (or maybe the one good thing about systemd) is that it allows you to make intelligent power decisions. If you know you're running on battery, you can avoid running background tasks that take a lot of CPU or disk IO. For example, the locate database could be updated next time you're plugged in. You could turn off services that are not needed when traveling.

If you had intelligent events sent as messages throughout the system, you could change graphics modes on low battery or tweak settings on wifi. If you think about it, OS X and Windows both act differently depending on power modes. It could all be done automatically. You can't build a good desktop OS without these features. They also have some value on servers when running on UPS backup, etc.

Comment Re:Would love a modern NeXTstep (Score 5, Interesting) 165

That's why I started MidnightBSD. I just didn't keep enough developers around after the initial push to finish it.

I've been looking at their code for a few weeks (it was in the trueos repo on a branch) and it's rather interesting. The Mach IPC layer is actually a port from code in NetBSD up to around 5.0. Then they've brought in patches for libdispatch workqueue support and a bunch of apple code.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.