A little bit of research on the electronic waste issue… looks like computers on the whole are orders of magnitude better in environmental terms than they were just a few years ago. In particular, a typical 15" CRT had almost a kilo of lea

d in it, nasty, nasty.
Apple claims to lead the industry in recycling products, at over 70% by weight. More here: http://www.apple.com/au/environment/
And where I got started was here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste

I was intrigued by Apple’s new “Fusion Drive” that is an option on the new Mac Mini and 27" iMac, and I went digging through the configuration screens to see the price of said drive.

So it’s $300 (AUD) for 1TB spinning-rust plus 128GB of flash, vs $360 for just the upgrade to the 256GB SSD alone. So there’s a slight premium attached to it, how unusual for Apple. ;)

For a power user who will manage their own storage, the path of hard drive and SSD still seems like the better option, but for the everyday consumer this is a great advance. The speed of SSD and capacity of a hard-drive, transparent to the user, with easy backup and restore.

Further reading: Digging Into Apple’s Fusion Drive Details – The Mac Observer

So today Ricky Gervais tweeted: “Dear Religion, This week I safely dropped a man from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science.” (link)

What immediately came to mind: “Dear Science, today I was looking 

after hungry orphans while you were dropping a nuclear bomb on Japan. Yours, Religion.”

Now I don’t mean that seriously… just posting a counter-point that setting up religion and science as enemies is a ridiculous thing to do. Yet people on both “sides” do so due to other vested interests. Both have the capacity for either tremendous good or tremendous evil.

Mobile data: learning the hard way.

I never thought I would be the victim of “bill shock”. But pride comes before a fall. :)

I’ve had my shiny iPhone 5 less than a week, and have been loving actually being able to have a good quality voice conversation and mobile data that works. Even to the point where I could download 500MB+ in under 10 minutes in a farm paddock in Gunnedah.

Sunday morning I get a text message saying I had used 109% of my 2.5GB allowance… and  I panicked just a little, given excess usage is 10¢ a MB.

Fortunately, the solution is to jump on Telstra’s live chat support, and add in an extra data pack. $15 for an extra gig, or $30 for 3 GB. You’re fine as long as you do it before the end of your billing cycle.

What I think had happened: I had turned on mobile data usage for iTunes Match. I’d set a whole heap of music to download, and it hadn’t finished before leaving the house. Naturally, on the brand-new 4G network, it downloading everything in record time. Lesson learned!

Back on Tumblr

Hmmm, I thought it was time to get a Tumblr site set up for random longer posts that don’t really belong on Facebook or Twitter… and it turns out I had one from 2010 … that’s a generation ago. That pretty much only auto-fed from my business blog anyway, boring. Anyway… let’s see if I can use it more this time.