Archive for February, 2007

Live outside of the US/Japan and want to buy a PlayStation 3? Here’s some information for you

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

If you live outside of the US/Japan and you are planning on buying a PlayStation 3 then there are some things that you need to know.

Remember how the Sony PS3 production line ran out of steam last year and as a response Sony decided that the gamers from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia didn't really want the chance to buy a games console before Christmas?  Well, now it turns out that the PS3 which will be unleashed on these markets (which goes on sale on 23 March) has a different design to the Japanese and American consoles will not play as many PSone and PS2 games as consoles sold in other markets.

There's also a lame response from Sony that really doesn't say much more.

Too many Linux distros mean that OEMs steer clear

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Dell's responded to the request to have Linux pre-installed that surfaced on IdeaStorm:

As this community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux. In the last week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We don't want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line. . . . 

A predictable response.  This is an example of where having too many options is not a good thing.

However, it raises a few interesting questions.  Here are two:

  • How much would someone wanting a Linux-based Dell be willing to pay for that privilege?
  • Just how big is the market?

Install Windows Vista from a high speed USB 2.0 flash drive

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

A superb time-saving tip by Kurt Shintaku - How to install Windows Vista from a high speed USB 2.0 flash drive.

Why would you want to do this?  Well, Kurt explains the benefits:

Why would someone want to install a client OS from a thumb drive instead of a DVDROM or over the network?  One reason:  Performance.  Installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive is in my experience the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install.  This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit ethernet, or possibly even some external USB 2.0 hard drives, due to differences in access speed & transfer rate.  To put this into perspective, y'know how installing Windows on a Virtual PC virtual machine from an .ISO CD image is really, really, really fast?  Imagine something roughly just as fast, except for doing installations of the OS on to actual workstations.

If you have a number of PCs that need Vista installing onto them then this seems like a really good idea.

(via Lifehacker)

Understand the cost of Windows

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Robert McLaws looks at the real cost of Windows and answers the question "Is Windows getting more expensive?"

Robert does a very good job of working thought he data from Windows 1.0 through to Windows Vista and he comes to some very interesting conclusions.  Later on I might go through his study again and I might have more comments to make.

Chris Pirillo strikes back!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

OK, the title is over the top!  I'm glad that Chris took the time to respond to what Ed Bott, Dwight Silverman and I wrote in response to his post about ditching Windows Vista.

Chris, I'm glad you took the time to respond.  In that spirit I'll make another post so we can continue the conversation.

First off, disclosure time.  I have no vested interest in what OS you choose to run.  I'm finding that the more agnostic I'm becoming, the better life is.  If XP works fine for you, great.  If it's Vista, fine.  If it's Linux or Mac OS, so what.  It's not about the operating system, it's about getting the job done.  You might have caught my Windows to Mac Chronicles over on ZDNet, if you do you'll know I'm open-minded (to a point at, anyway).

One thing you've not explained is how Vista is getting in the way of your workflow?  Random crashes and headaches with hardware can take the shine off anything and if you've got work to do and you're not able to do that, I can understand why you go back to what you know and what works.  Nonetheless, I'd be interested in knowing in more detail what troubles you're having.  I'm not going to lie to you, there are kinks in the road, but for me the overall Vista experience (improved stability, improved performance, better interface ...) has more upsides than down.  Partly this is down to being pretty familiar with Vista - I should be, I've been using it for 19 months.

Before I close this post, let me pick up on a few points from your post Chris:

Ed, Dwight, Adrian… I respect each one of you, but you’re not giving me salient arguments for why I, or anybody else, should stick with Windows Vista if we’re running into problems with it on a regular basis.

That's because there aren't any.  What works for me or Ed or Dwight might not work for you.  For me, even if I didn't like Vista (and there are aspects to Vista that scare me, for example SPP/WGA) it's where the future is.  My recommendation to you is for you to get a Vista test rig set up and spend time playing with it.  Iron out as many bugs as you can before making the leap.  It helps.

You act as if I’m totally alone here, an exception to the rule… and that’s wrong.

If I came across that way, I apologize.  It wasn't my intention.  Heck, many of us rely on people having problems in order to generate income!

Oh, and let’s just pound one more nail into your argument’s coffin: French researcher says Vista’s user interface suffers from more ‘friction’ than XP. Booya!

Hmmm, I'd like to learn a lot more about the testing process before commenting.  I find Vista a lot faster and easier to use at higher screen resolutions that XP is.  However, if he was talking about Office 2007, I might be tempted to agree with him.