The debut of the new iMac has many potential Windows XP upgraders wondering if they should ditch their PCs and join the Apple crowd. But cool design is the wrong reason for buying a computer. Most people will want to be able to do something productive or fun--ideally both--with their new computers. There, a solid operating system foundation can make all the difference and matters much more than the computer's packaging. So before plunking down your hard-earned cash consider: Whither Windows XP or Mac OS X? Apple officially released Mac OS X in March 2001. The new version is the most significant upgrade to the Mac OS since its 1984 introduction. Apple built the core of Mac OS on Unix, adding a very cool interface--dubbed Aqua--true multitasking that allows many programs to run at once, better memory management and improved crash protection. But Mac OS X was not ready for primetime when first released. Apple initially did not support CD burning or DVD playback, leaving people using these … [Read more...] about Perspective: XP or OS X?
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"Are you sure you're that funny?"That's what I get when I tell people I'm focusing on becoming a professional comedian and comedy writer. It's a valid question. Even if I'm funny enough to captivate a room of drunk friends, can I make a living at it? And by a living, I mean more than just making enough to live in squalor and eat decent pizza. As a kid, I reenacted Monty Python scenes so well my classmates thought I might be secretly British. Friends loved it when I did impressions, down to the angry twitch that took over our fourth grade teacher's eye when the class refused to quiet down. These days, I always manage to get a chuckle from a stoic exec at a company meeting by sneaking sight gags into PowerPoint presentations. When I worked at Lucasfilm, I once snuck a horrible oil painting of a dog playing the ukulele into George Lucas' priceless art collection that hangs on the walls. I didn't get fired, so I figured he got the joke. But there's a big difference between making … [Read more...] about Steve Martin taught me to be funny. Hear the one about whale sounds and sex?
Our Start-up of the Week is Dublin-based MeetingRoom, which is on a mission to revamp remote video or conference calls and make them work for businesses. “Conference calls suck, so we decided to build something to improve remote meeting experiences with MeetingRoom,” explained MeetingRoom CEO and co-founder Jonny Cosgrove. “We built a platform that lets remote teams see and hear each other, and collaborate more effectively. ‘We don’t need more Tamagotchis in our pockets – teams run more productive meetings with our technology’– JONNY COSGROVE As Cosgrove explains it, the company has devised digital meeting spaces for teams to meet online, using body language and spatial audio for crystal-clear sound. “The end result is remote meetings that actually work. “The platform runs 90pc faster than Skype for Business, which means less dropped calls than anything else on the market, available on smartphones, tablets, desktops and … [Read more...] about MeetingRoom makes VR conference calls productive in one click