When Steve Jobs said that Apple would convert its entire line of computers to Intel chips by the end of 2006, he wasn’t kidding. The past year has seen a flood of new Intel-based systems. These unremitting waves of new machines have overwhelmed some Mac stalwarts accustomed to waiting years between generations of PowerPCs. Our advice: Don’t sweat it. So what if the Mac you bought a month ago is no longer the latest and greatest? As long as it runs your software, it’s still a positive move. Future shock Za Gentle —The Mac Pro is indeed a fast, exhilarating machine (“Inside the Mac Pro,” November 2006 )—to me, by far the best Mac ever. But for those of us who use third-party plug-ins for Apple’s Logic Pro or Pro Tools or for other professional applications, the Mac Pro presents a problem: Those plug-ins don’t yet run on Intel-based Macs. The plug-in vendors say they are working fast to come up with Universal versions for the new Macs, but most are behind schedule; several … [Read more...] about The Intel deluge (continued)
Durba Dhyani set out to work from home and here's what she discovered! S eated at my office desk one afternoon, staring at the computer screen, I wondered, and not for the first time, "What am I doing here?" My expression was serious, business-like and my headset firmly in place -- in order to strongly discourage anyone from coming up and saying "hello". Not because I do not like people -- just that I couldn't risk someone peeping into my screen and discovering that I wasn't working on a PowerPoint about Delivering excellent Customer Service or whatever it is that I was supposed to deliver. Instead, I was having Koffee with Karan -- taking sips of caffeine (in reality) and rapidly firing my witty responses and winning the hamper (in my head). But apart from escaping into other people's more exciting lives, I also needed to plan a getaway from my immediate surroundings, before I was found out! As usual, I turned to my life coach Shah Rukh Khan for inspiration. I … [Read more...] about Working from home: Dream or nightmare?