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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · April
· · · · 16 (2 entries)

Not a Joke · Last week at that in­ter­nal tech sum­mit, the sub­ject of desk­top mul­ti­core com­put­ers came up. Marc Trem­blay said “If it’s Win­dows, one of the cores could be run­ning Nor­ton Antivirus.” Every­body laughed. But to­day I was read­ing PC Magazine’s re­view of the new Dell XPS which has the first mul­ti­core Xeon, and found this: One of the com­plaints we’ve heard from read­ers is that “protection” pro­gram­s, like Nor­ton In­ter­net Se­cu­ri­ty, are use­ful for safe­guard­ing their sys­tem­s. but slow their com­put­ers to a crawl. Dual-core Hyper-Threaded pro­ces­sors, such as the Pen­tium EE 840, can help, im­prov­ing your com­put­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause the processor’s du­al cores can pro­cess tasks si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly. While most of the sys­tem is “concentrating” on mak­ing sure your In­ter­net or gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is ful­filled in the fore­ground, the re­serve pow­er that the du­al cores pro­vide pro­tects you in the back­ground, run­ning Nor­ton or oth­er an­tivirus or fire­wall pro­gram­s. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
 
Hyatt on a Roll · Just last mon­th, I was grip­ing about Apple’s com­plete lack of trans­paren­cy. As if to prove me wrong, Dave Hy­at­t, the main Sa­fari man, has re­cent­ly re­viv­i­fied his blog with a se­ries of ex­cel­lent pieces about plow­ing his way through the Web Stan­dards Project’s Acid2 com­pli­ance test. He’s push­ing back where parts of the test seem ques­tion­able, which is to­tal­ly ap­pro­pri­ate. Then, yes­ter­day, he did a just-the-facts post about Sa­fari 1.3, which you get with OS X 10.3.9. I’ve been hap­pi­ly al­ter­nat­ing be­tween Camino and Fire­fox, but will def­i­nite­ly give Sa­fari an­oth­er try.
 
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