1/24/2006

Stupid is as Stupid does - Needleman

Filed under: — menk @ 1:11 pm

As my Grandama used to say, “If a man is stupid, he’s likely to stay that way”. Rafe Needleman proves this point. In the late nineties he was a proven Microsoft shill and used to constantly tell his readers how great Internet Explorer was relative to Netscape. He is even quoted on the Microsoft website specifically touting IE’s approach of integrating in the OS as some benefit to the user. “The Redmond company built its Windows browser as a set of components, making it attractively easy for other vendors to incorporate it into any of their applications that need Web capabilities. So far, Netscape hasn’t followed suit, and it’s really starting to hurt them in the browser wars.” When in point of fact this approach was known then (by anyone of reasonable technical competence) to create enormous system vulnerabilities. Microsoft Windows suffers as least secure of operating systems precisely because of this approach. Good call Rafe.

Now in the new millenium, Rafe continues to demonstrate that he has learned little in the intervening years and is still firmly attached by the lips to Bill Gates butt. Today his target for backhanded digs is Apple. He has said; “This is an awkward time for Mac buyers. If you buy an Apple iMac Core Duo today, you’ll get a machine that will be a great all-around performer—eventually. While it runs new applications (such as the iLife suite) quickly, existing applications run slowly. We won’t be able to recommend the iMac for general use until apps such as Photoshop are released for the new design.” His use of the word eventually would seem to indicate that he believes that support for the Intel dual-core architecture of the new macs could be a long time in coming. Given that Adobe has already delivered a beta version of their newest application “Lightroom” with Universal binaries how long can it be before they release the current (or next) version of Photoshop. A few months at most.

Needleman then goes on to say that given this percieved performance concern that users interested in the Mac should consider buying a Quad G5 Tower today. “For workstation-class performance today, check out the Power Mac G5 Quad, but know the architecture will soon be obsolete.” This may seem to be a pitch for Apple but in fact is innane since the Quad Tower is $2,499 before you even acquire a Monitor as opposed to the high end 20 inch iMac Core Duo at $1,699 which is at least twice as fast, and has a 20” flat panel monitor and is certainly more pleasing to the eye.

20-Inch : 2GHz Intel Core Duo iMac
Quad 2.3GHz PowerPC G5
  • 20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680x1050 resolution
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache
  • 512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon X1600 graphics w/ 128MB GDDR3 memory
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
  • 1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
  • 1MB L2 cache per core
  • 512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • 16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
  • Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
$1,699.00
$2,499.00

If she had read the crap Rafe spews my Grandma would have said - “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.”

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