Couple quick items related to computers.
First, has anyone gotten Neuroshare to work on a Mac in Leopard, or has everyone given up and decided to run it in VMWare or Parallels?
Second, does everyone have incredibly shitty performance on Mac OS X Leopard in Matlab?
I ran the same set of analysis routines on our dual quad core 3.2GHz machine and my 2.4GHz laptop under Vista x86. The Mac took 170 seconds, my laptop took 140 seconds. The code is "embarrassingly parallel" so I can run 8 instances of Matlab and get the same performance, more or less (about 190 seconds per run), and on my laptop (dual core) get 150 seconds for two instances, but the difference in performance is pathetic when you take into account that the laptop has a crappier bus speed, almost a full GHz lower for serial computation, is running in friggin Vista which screams of overhead (oh, and I had Outlook, Firefox and a two other programs open on the laptop, while the Mac had nothing else going on). I am considering installing XP on the system now under Boot Camp (Parallels limits you to one CPU, VMWare to two, not sure if having multiple virtual machine instances is just asking for trouble, but will probably try this first with a demo version).
Next, Ubuntu 8.04 is being released tomorrow. Just sayin'.
I'll prob try installing it just for shits and giggles. Be sure to get the AMD64 version for your Intel Core 2 based systems. I didn't know this, but apparently AMD64 is used as the moniker because 64-bit builds of Linux were for the first 64-bit desktop systems running AMD processors, but the instruction set is included in Intel's processors. And they say Linus isn't ready for the desktop... bah! With logic like naming releases for a specific processor when it isn't required or expected, I can't imagine why!
- Also, I have had success using EasyBCD for dealing with booting issues. My current system has Vista, XP, and Ubuntu 7.1 all living in harmony.
- I plan on trying the option of installing from Windows and wiping my old install, which I never used anyway. This also takes care of downloading the install via bittorrent.