Re: Why Does Apple Hate Me?
- From: wm_walsh@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: 6 Sep 2006 11:42:03 -0700
No PCMCIA slot. Apple has always presented itself as a religion
and I guess they're thinking that if you switch from Windows you
should divest yourself of all those nasty wordly things like
PCMCIA cards that allow your laptop to be a useful tool rather
than a fashion accessory.
Now this I'd agree with, but I can see both sides of the issue here.
With the advent of many integrated peripherals (modems, network cards,
Wi-Fi stuff, sound, etc...) there are probably quite a few laptops out
there that will never have their PCMCIA slots used.
I have a Dell Latitude D800 which would probably be much the same way,
were it not for my Token Ring network and external SCSI peripherals.
Popping in the good old IBM 16/4 Auto TR card or Adaptec SlimSCSI 1460
is quite handy and keeps me from having to buy several different kinds
of peripherals that all do the same basic thing but connect in
different (and incompatible) ways.
Someone might make a SCSI card for the ExpressCard slot, but I doubt
anything for TR will ever appear. In other words, I'd be annoyed
without a PCMCIA slot.
I don't understand the move to ExpressCards. CardBus is basically a
compact PCI slot and offers a pretty high speed connection to a
computer's expansion bus. ExpressCards may be faster still, but there
comes a point when it really doesn't matter and won't be fully
exploited. PCMCIA/Cardbus stuff is *everywhere* but I've never seen an
A clever solution would have been to devise a slot that accepts both
types of cards and knows what has been inserted.
(what's with those stickers in the box how gauche is that?).
You're supposed to stick them in a place where people will see them.
Mine are still in the original Apple product boxes. I don't think most
people use those, either.
To stop me from doing anything until I'm a good boy and
connect the f*cking thing up to the f*cking internet and
Now there's something strange going on here. You shouldn't have any
problems breaking out of the registration stuff. I've set up countless
Macintosh computers (G3, G4, two Core Duo machines) with varying
releases of the Mac OS from 10.1 to 10.4.6. Not a one of them has
balked at my refusal to register (though comments were made during the
process about how easy it is to register), and given that I have to
open up outbound communication for these machines, they didn't sneakily
register behind my back.
I don't know what you'll do when you get there, but have you tried
booting single user? Hold down APPLE and S during startup. If you get
it right, the screen will change to a text mode that displays startup
P.S. I promised a colleague earlier today that I would avoid
installing XP and persevere but I brought the system disks with
me so if that damn thing doesn't start co-operating soon it will
wake up one day and find it's just another ordinary old laptop.
Boot Camp requires that you get into Mac OS X first. I don't know if
the third party solutions to booting Windows will require that or not.
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