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Core Duo review-o

by Rob Friesel

The Ars Technica review of the new [tag]Core Duo[/tag] [tag]iMac[/tag], boiled down:

  • “Instead of being able to remove the back of the computer to get to all the good stuff, users are left with a door in the bottom to add or remove RAM. Unfortunately, that has remained the case with the Core Duo iMac.” Unless they’ve switched vendors for hard drives, I think this is a huge mistake…
  • “…Rosetta has a few advantages that earlier translation and emulation technologies lacked. First and foremost is an extra processor core. That allows the translation to run on one core while the application thread executes on the other core, meaning that the translated code will have a short distance to travel. In addition, it’s integrated into the operating system, so there’s no need to emulate drivers. Graphics and UI elements do redraw quickly.” Never thought of it that way but, hmm… I guess that makes sense.
  • “In the 36 hours I’ve had this machine, I’ve spent a fair amount of time scouring the Internet looking for clues on how to get Windows installed.” Um…. Why?

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About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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