Sometimes, when you know exactly the application you're solving for, the right machine might not be what seems obvious at first. In this case, both against PCs and against the new Mac Pro, the iMac turned out to be the best option.
David Gewirtz warps space/time with neat hacks, cool do-it-yourself projects, business survival tips, and commentary that peels paint.
In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on saving and creating jobs. He is also director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute as well as the founder of ZATZ Publishing. David is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberwarfare Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a regular CNN contributor, and a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is the author of Where Have All the Emails Gone?, the definitive study of email in the White House, as well as How To Save Jobs and The Flexible Enterprise, the classic book that served as a foundation for today's agile business movement.
I don't need a Chromecast. I don't even know if I have a spare HDMI port. Yet I bought one. Why? Some combination of poor impulse control and sjvn's evil influence.
The Mac Pro would have bought me a bit more performance, but would have pushed my budget off the bridge. The bottom line is I saved enough to go out and buy a MacBook Air if I happen to want one.
One of the ways I make my own luck is by not taking unnecessary risks. After thinking on it for a few days, I realized that hanging onto the HP Chromebook, no matter how much I liked it, would be an unnecessary risk.
Word counts. Headers and footers. Mail. Scrolling. Accessing servers. Using USB drives. This stuff isn't new. If it's not working, you're plain just not ready. Period.
I manage a lot of gear, and it's nice once in a while to have a machine that doesn't automatically spawn to-do items.
Mavericks refuses to talk to my NAS even with work-arounds. That's a deal-killer. So it's back to Mountain Lion for now. Share my pain and read along.
Not all Macs sold and shipped by Apple are being shipped with Mavericks. Even when the order page says they are. We know because we got one.
ZDNet's very own mad scientist, David Gewirtz, attempts to push an iMac to the limits. Four screens, maxed out RAM, maxed out everything, in fact, and Windows 8.1. Are four screens even possible? Stay tuned.
If it works for you, you didn't make a mistake. If you like it and it gets the job done, it's good. If it makes you crazy and you want to throw the thing at a wall, then it's time to rethink what you're using. Plus, vanilla is gross.
Imagine if Microsoft somehow managed to make a $249 machine (after all, if Acer and Samsung could do it, so could Microsoft), And imagine if Microsoft called it the Officebook.
We dive into each major product category and take a look at what Apple might have up its sleeve.
We've asked these sorts of questions before, but now we have (or are about to have) a new crop of even more capable hardware. ZDNet's David Gewirtz put it to the acid test: could either serve as his main computer?
ZDNet's David Gewirtz decides to upgrade a "dog-slow" Atom-based PC from the nearly dearly departed Windows XP to Windows 8. In the process, he learns a lot and shares some of those lessons with you in this article.
It is in Microsoft's best interests, as well as those of their customers, to take some steps to prevent the XPocalypse.