Mac and iPod sales for February took a 16 percent hit.

This is both sad and bad news, I was actually hoping for Apple to be full steam ahead, even in this economy. But as Ballmer just said ” Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware and paying $500 more to get a logo on it?” has quite a bit of truth to it. I’ve been playing a little bit with this Macbook I have here, trying to dig really deep into the operating system and trying to learn it. Honestly though I have no idea what all the hoopla is all about. I disassembled the thing to the last screw just to see what makes it tick, it doesn’t seem any better built than a $500 Acer, the components seem pretty much the same as well. Low end webcam, cheap Crucial RAM, slow/cheap-ass Toshiba 80GB hard drive (yes 80GB in a computer that’s barely a year old..crazy). It does feel more solid from the outside mainly due to the fact that Apple uses slightly thicker plastic housing, I don’t think there are any components in this Apple that are actually made by Apple, it’s just a simple China assembled PC laptop full of regular Chinese made parts you would find in any PC.

Granted it’s not one of the fancy new aluminum machines that everyone seems to have these days (this is an old 2Ghz, 1GB RAM white plastic model) but still.

The OS (it’s running Tiger) has crashed on me a handful of times now, even Firefox hung which is something I have never seen before on any platform. I find the OS illogical, network setup is a total pain in the ass, the one button thing is annoying as hell, it seems like the operating system is controlling you and not the other way around….hard to describe. Simple feature such as changing your mouse cursor to something larger are simply non existent.

Gonna go pick up Leopard this weekend, max out the RAM and stick a 320GB 7200RPM Seagate drive… hopefully it will speed things up a bit.

The Apple store people are so fucking polite and happy (and very helpful), almost in a creepy way!!!!!

….to be continued.

PS. I love the screensavers, even the stock ones look freakkin’ cool!!

Today's destination is…….

Destination Jeep in North Vancouver.

So the lowdown is: both outter tie rods replaced, new pitman arm, center drag link, complete tire balance and toe adjust. When they plugged in the car’s computer the check engine light indicated a faulty EGR valve.

EGR valve explanation from Wiki:

“EGR works by recirculating a portion of an engine’s exhaust gas back to the engine cylinders. Intermixing the incoming air with recirculated exhaust gas dilutes the mix with inert gas, lowering the adiabatic flame temperature and (in diesel engines) reducing the amount of excess oxygen. The exhaust gas also increases the specific heat capacity of the mix, lowering the peak combustion temperature. Because NOx formation progresses much faster at high temperatures, EGR serves to limit the generation of NOx. NOx is primarily formed when a mix of nitrogen and oxygen is subjected to high temperatures.”

Just some bullshit emission control thing, apparently you lose quite a bit of gas mileage when this thing is fucked, glad it’s been replaced. There is still a faint noise coming from the transfer case or the rear diff, it happens very rarely but I know it’s there, they couldn’t find any fault. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like owning this vehicle out of warranty, I might have to get an evening job. Jeep has ranked year after year as the LEAST reliable brand in North America. I still like this car, it’s big, fun to drive and it allows me to drive over anything and anyone. Can’t wait for some warmer weather and top down cruising.

My experience at this dealership has been very good once again, everyone is very helpful, expertly and most of all pleasant. Everything was covered by warranty and my car was cleaned from top to bottom. No money spent.

Liveblogging from bus #240.

I can’t believe how incredibly efficient and awesome the transit system here is. I walked down to the closest bus stop I could find, opened up the Translink app on my iPhone. The GPS picked up my location and the stop I was at, I clicked where I wanted to go and boom….a cool little screen appears with a map and my bus’s ETA. I am not joking, the bus was less than 30 seconds behind schedule. I told the super nice driver that I was going to the North Van Jeep dealership, he knew exactly where and dropped me off right in front. Simply fantastic!!

How amazing would it be….

If you can just go to a local fast food place and pick up a medium meat juice. Those stupid vegetarian Jugo Juice places all over the place, why the hell can’t you enjoy a beverage that tastes like pork?? A smoked salmon smoothie, a bacon soda???

I am sure there is a market for this stuff, hot or cold, meat-pulp or not……..yum.