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On Apples And Oranges

I am no market analyst. I would never want to be one, for that matter, so I am not.
I am, however, stalked by several thoughts on the matter of yesterday's Apple's announcement of "plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors".
The questions, which are bothering me are:
1. The Megabytes Myth.
Is it just me, or somebody else remember, too, that first G4, and than G5 processors were introduced as first true 64-bit processing chips (after G5s appeared, the G4s somehow were removed from the 64-bit processing scene, anybody remember that? I am still compelled by the fact, that my iMac Flat Screen is not a 64-bit processor ANYMORE, but I understand now why it's running so slow recently. It used to be a lot faster, when it was a 64-bit. Sucks.), which are incomparably better, than whimpy Intels?
From the no-market-analyst point of view, there are two explanations to this phenomenon: a) The Megabytes Myth is not a Myth, which subjectively ver…

Isn't it how I always do things?

At some point in my life I should, probably, stop and think about what is wrong with me. I really should. I am noticing alarming tendencies in my behavior, and I am not happy with them, tendencies. I am close to willful acknowledgement of the fact that I always try to do something I can't do for the reason one or another. The only thing that's stopping me from giving up is the amazing fact that whatever I do that I can't do, I end up actually doing. And eventually being able to. I wrote a new song (a while ago), it's already penciled into GarageBand as a bed for solos and such. The reason why I haven't recorded the sax yet is shamefully simple - I can't breathe during the melody. Design defect, so to say: I failed to leave myself a place in the tune, where I can grab some oxygen, darn it. The solution? I am working on it, for two weeks now - practicing the melody over and over. May be, next weekend I will finally be ready to record it, and stop torturing my wif…

The Tsunami Showdown

Legend:
[-] - Off key, [+] - On key

In order of approximate appearance:

Madonna [---] - horrible, just horrible. Some news network the next day commented: "...not sure, if John Lennon would agree with this version..." (imagine singing "Imagine" in like three different keys in a rapid succession...)
Maroon5 [-] - alternative. Very.
Mary J. Blidge [-] - she should apologize to Stevie for murdering his song...
Bryan Williams (Beach Boys) [-] - profoundly pathetic...
Norah Jones [+] - such a sweet hart, always...
Gloria Estefan [+] - consistently perfect. Can't hold, not gonna. Still good.
Elton John [+++] - fabulous, just fabulous. Incredible performance.
Sara McLaughlin [+]
Josh Groban [+] - a bit shaky, when he speaks, belting is perfect
Stevie Wonder & India.Arie [+/+] - oh, look, I can sing two octaves lower, than him :)
John Mayer [+?] - since he has no detectable voice, it's very hard to say if he was on or off :) Plus for the effort. And he can play guitar, kewl…