Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002
by Neil Turner
It’s time for another one of those blog posts, where there are multiple things that aren’t big or important enough for their own entry but too big to fit into 140 characters on Twitter.
I recently booted up my old 2005-era Mac Mini, as I haven’t done so since January last year. It’s becoming increasingly evident that developers are abandoning the PowerPC architecture. Skype doesn’t support it from version 5 upwards; the latest version of NeoOffice (3.2) is now Intel-only and even Firefox will only work up to version 3.6.x. Thankfully there will still be security updates for 3.6.x for a while, but I understand the last version of Skype that it PowerPC compatible has known security issues. Presumably there’s very little demand for universal applications now, as it’s been over four years since Apple ceased sale of new PPC Macs, and they don’t give access to the new APIs like Grand Central Dispatch and OpenCL that were added in Snow Leopard, which is Intel only.
An update on the weee-buy situation, and it’s not going so well, to be honest. The courier has now missed two appointments to collect the laptops. I’m going to contact them again and try a slightly different strategy – and will keep you informed as to how it goes.
On to non-techy things. Britain has been bathed in really nice, sunny weather for the past few weeks, with many days being warmer than at the height of summer. The string of nice weekends has meant I’ve been on a number of days out, and, as usual, taken my camera. Here’s some recent pictures from Sheffield and York over the Easter Weekend; I also have some Hebden Bridge photographs to upload soon as well.
Earlier this month, Christine and I reached the point where we’d been together for 18 months. We didn’t really do much to celebrate, as we’re still slowly unpacking everything in the new flat. Which is great – having a balcony during this warm weather has been bliss.
Finally, we’re planning a trip to London at the end of the month – four nights in a budget hotel near Merton, as it works out cheaper than staying more centrally even when factoring in the cost of travelling on the tube. The hotel has good reviews on TripAdvisor which always helps.
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