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Other == Clustering Software
Authored by: gxw on Jan 06, '04 09:20:20PM

The clustering software is cool. The rest of the announcements? Ah whatever.

Cannot afford an Xserve or Xraid. :-(
Got an iPod already so who cares about the mini pod.
I'm not into music, or photos, so iLife is out. Never have used iMovie or iDVD either cause they cannot work with Mepg 1 or 2 source material. (I know, buy QTime pro & transcode but this soln. is so yuck).

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Other == Clustering Software
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Jan 07, '04 05:36:49PM

Ditto...Xgrid looks really promising.

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Other == Clustering Software
Authored by: finne on Jan 09, '04 05:34:16AM

Yes, I installed Xgrid and it is very cool!

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Authored by: buddha001 on Jan 14, '04 06:46:17PM

XGrid is the real unsung hero of MWSF 04. While the new iPods were a bit of a disappointment, the Servers were cool and Garageband rocks, Xgrid can revolutionize the mac.

When grumbling started a few months ago many of us saw the true potential. Xgrid along with the news of the Vtech cluster could help apple in the science area. If apple would take the time to help the Film/Video industry apply this technology, that's where the real advantage to Apple will be.

3D Graphics and Visual Effects companies will kill for programs that take advantage of Xgrid. Render farm software is nice, but 10s or 100s of computers in a facility working as one, even a few will make a huge difference.

I just hope apple makes this a free part of the OS, like they did with X11.

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No interest in iLife?
Authored by: kingtj on Jan 16, '04 12:25:33PM

You know, I find it a little humorous and ironic whenever I see people making these types of comments. (EG. "I don't do any music or photography, or make my own videos - so I just don't care about iDVD, iPhoto, iLife, GarageBand, etc. etc.)

There's nothing wrong with that, of course! It's just that Apple has always leaned heavily towards the "creative" types who primarily do these types of tasks with their computer. Sometimes I'm amazed that folks who have no interest in any of this made the decision to purchase a Mac in the first place. (Not because it's not an excellent computer with a teriffic OS, but because Apple still seems to have the mindset that their market is the "creative professional" or "liberal arts student/teacher" crowd.)

Honestly, the thing that sold me on my first new OS X Mac was the ability to work with video editing and burning results to DVD-R disc. I already owned a DV camcorder and was frustrated that it was much more unstable and fickle trying to edit video with it on a PC.

Now, I use my Mac for all sorts of things -- but I just don't think they had strong enough offerings in other software areas to make me switch over if I wasn't already interested in the video production aspect.

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