I replaced OS-X on my aging intel-based iMac with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. My installation of Ubuntu was successfully accomplished and I maintained my existing OS-X partition and can boot into either. Read how and get your tux on!
Apple puts out products that are hallmarks of engineering excellence at a premium price. Unfortunately, the enforced end-of-life support policies, coupled with the premium prices, no longer make Apple products viable in terms of sustainability.
Star Wars - The Old Republic (SWTOR) has pretty much dried-up my technical productivity since it's release last week. Staying true to my altoholic self, I've now got 6 teenage-level toons running around.
I'm surprised, after playing fantasy-based RPGs for the last decade, how much I am enjoying this game. True - it is just another MMO similar in aspects to WoW or Rift. But it's that change of the menu from fantasy to sci-fi that's making the transition so enjoyable.
I do wonder what's happening on Telara...
Anyway, I play on a 27' iMac i7 using Bootcamp with Windows-7 Ultimate 64-bit edition installed to play both SWOTR and Rift. Installation was really easy - albeit time consuming -- and once I got the right (as in correct) combination dialed-in for my graphics settings, game play is very smooth and responsive.
Here's a screen shot of my settings. Basically, I'm running in full-screen windowed-mode, custom-settings. I have high-texture settings and high character detail, medium texture anisotropy, and low shader complexity and low shadow quality. Grass quality is set to 100% and tree quality is set to 50%.
I've reduced the size of the image a bit; click on it to view it in full-screen.
In spaceport, my resting framerate (to enable fps display, press CTRL+SHIFT+f and the fps is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen) is about 60 fps on average.
Most of the time when I'm bouncing about, I'm usually around 50fps -- still very smooth with no noticeable lag, jerkiness or stuttering.
FWIW -- I play on Drooga's Pleasure Barge (server) and my main is named Mal'loathe. Sith, of course.
I have an iMac 27" I7 -- I wanted to try this keyboard because I needed to recover space on my desktop. I run my iMac in Windows via Bootcamp quite a bit when I'm not working/coding to play games so it was important that his kb also work under bootcamp. When I unpacked the keyboard, I was instantly disappointed in the style and construction. It's not quite as small as the mac wireless keyboard, measuring almost 2" wider and about 1" wider. It also has a cheap feel to it -- there's something rattling around in the antenna housing and the keys are a die-cut plastic. On Apple kb's, the keys are smooth giving the kb an almost rubberized texture -- they're also solidly mounted so there's no "play" or travel in the keys. On the Azio, the keys feel tactically different and there's a ton of play in the keys -- it's almost like they're mounted on swivels.
Installing the batteries was fairly easy -- but the battery door is cheap, thin, plastic. It's definitely a failure point over time. Pressing the connect button isn't easy -- the placement is on the bottom of the keyboard, along the back edge, so the button has to be recessed so you don't tap it during normal use. There's no tactile feedback when you do click the button to initiate a connect -- you have to flip the kb over to see if the blue light has lit.
When I went to sync the kb, I was in windows 7, and attempting the sync immediately brought the computer down with the BSOD. Seeing how it was windows, it didn't surprise me much so I re-booted into Leopard. Pairing the device didn't work -- when it asked me to type in the sequence of numbers, there was no feedback to the screen so eventually Apple asked me to identify the key to the right of the right shift key.
Which is an up-arrow. Which wasn't recognized by Apple as a key. Which meant I had to select from a menu of choice of what type of keyboard I had. So I selected the only viable option - US/English 101 key.
I rebooted trying to get into Bootmanager -- as the computer rebooted and I heard the start-up tone, I pressed and held-down the option key. The blue light on the kb flashed furiously for a second or two, then the machine booted me into Mac mode, bypassing completely the bootmanager. I re-paired the device by removing it and re-discovered. This time, without the feedback (which I realize may be an Apple issue and not an Azio issue), I just blindly typed-in the numbers without pause and the computer accepted the keyboard pairing.
Rebooting the machine, however, produced the same results as before - the kb was not recognized, not was my holding down the option key during boot, and again the Bootmanager was bypassed.
The keyboard itself feels cramped and awkward. The keys appear to be both slightly (about 1/8") smaller than Apple's kb, and they're set closer-together. There additional width of the keyboard is allocated to keys along the right side, two columns, F13-F16, home, end, delete, page-up/down, and the 4-arrow keys. Totally unnecessary to add these keys and increase the form-factor imo. Even tho this is advertised as a mac kb, they couldn't break the windows dependencies...there's also the unnecessary function key just to screw up your typing, right under the left shift key.
I'll try this kb out with my iPad -- perhaps it will encourage me to use my iPad more for text-input. Otherwise, this device is simply garage-sale fodder. If you want a smaller keyboard, then get the keyboard here on Amazon (Super Slim USB kb) -- it's wired, but it works well. Or spend the big-bucks and try the Apple keyboard.
tl;dr: Keyboard feels cheap and loose. Could not access bootmanager. Pairing causes BSOD in windows