Fusion Drive working with older Macs?


Mac developer Patrick Stein has been toying with his own Mac Pro setup and has managed to build his own Fusion Drive using command line tools. Stein configured an internal solid-state drive and a USB-attached traditional hard drive on his system and was able to combine them into a single logical volume as used for Fusion Drive.

So this might actually be Apple tech rather than what everyone assumed was part of the Ivy Bridge chipset?

Apple shakeup re-cap

Forstall = gone.
Browett = so gone.
Federighi = iOS and OS X.
Eddy Cue = Siri and Maps.
Ive = Industrial Design and Human Interfaces (this is pretty big deal – farewell stitching).
Mansfield = Technologies. He went from retired to running his own department again. I can’t help but think one of the reasons he retired was because Forstall and him didn’t get on?

Ballmer’s reality distortion field

AllThingsD run a story about a recent interview with Steve Ballmer:

I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” Ballmer told CNBC during a recent interview. “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point.

When your reality distortion field only works on yourself, that’s just delusion.

Goodbye, Mr Browett

Good riddance. He’s been nothing but a catastrophe to Apple Retail. I still can’t understand the choice of him as SVP for retail in the first place, he’s the guy that made Dixons worse.

Who would’ve thought the policy of focusing exclusively on metrics rather than on customer satisfaction would not be in Apple’s best interest?

Anyway, don’t let the door (or the thousands of Apple Retail employees) hit you on the way out.

Hypocrisy strikes again

Jim Dalrymple examines the shit-cliff1 The Verge appears to have driven off in the quest for page traffic:

Remember when The Verge reviewed the iPhone 4S in October 2011 and listed its lack of LTE support in the “Bad Stuff” column?

Fast forward 12 months to today and Google announces the Nexus 4 with no LTE. The Verge’s headline: Slow down: why Google’s new Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE.

Here’s a tl;dr for this article:

Lack of LTE is justified if you’re not Apple.

  1. Credit to @ajorama for the phrase “shit-cliff”. 

Saving a Word document on the Surface

Jim Dalrymple links to a YouTube clip of a Surface user trying to save a Word document.

The video is by a guy called Brent Ozar who wrote a piece yesterday about why he’s returning his Surface. Some commenters have said that his Surface was running Office Preview, of which there was an update released to resolve a lot of the issues he expected.

That’s all well and good, but Office Preview should not have been shipped in the first place. This is a software package that is not ready for release. What if you’re not technically minded? If I bought a product that didn’t do what it’s supposed to, regardless of whether or not an update will fix it, then I’d want a refund to.

If it ships with it, it better bloody work.