» iTunes 8 and the ridiculous hardware requirements

I knew Apple hated you if your hardware was old, but I didn’t think iTunes hated you too!  Apparently, if you want to watch HD TV shows using iTunes you are going to need at least a 2.0ghz Core 2 Duo processor.  Now I don’t know about you, but 2 of my 3 Macs (purchased within the last 2 years) do not meet this requirement.  And to be perfectly honest, I’m a little offended!  One of the two is a 2-year old MacBook PRO.  The Applecare hasn’t even expired on that bad boy and already I need to upgrade if I want to watch HD on it.  Wow.

I plan on doing some further testing of this to verify, hopefully the dire warning is all smoke and mirrors.  If there is a true limit I may need to go ape on somebody’s face.

UPDATE: News of iTunes 8 ridiculous hardware requirements were greatly exaggerated.  I tested HD TV shows on a 1.83ghz Core 2 Duo Mac mini and a 2.0ghz Core Duo MacBook Pro and in both cases the episode played without issues.

» Google Chrome brings excitement for all

The early announcement of Google’s Chrome project details have brought tears of joy excitement to the World Wide Web.  I am extremely intrigued by the idea of a multi-process browser; I cannot express the frustration I have when FireFox crashes because of some rogue website or Safari slows to a crawl because of all of the tabs that have been opened and closed.  Google’s Chrome hopes to solve many of those problems by bringing a new open source game to the playground.  Many of the exact details are pretty scarce so far but what is known is brought to us courtesy of a 38-page comic created by Scott McCloud.  I’ve posted a link to my hosted version of a PDF containing all of the pages.  Enjoy.