The Moon and Jupiter in September 2011

Yesterday there was a rather impressive storm around here, but one of the great things about storms is their ability to really clean up all the rubbish in the atmosphere and make everything super clear.

So I set out to do some stargazing in York and managed to take a couple of snaps of both the Moon and Jupiter.

The moons from left to right are –

While I don’t think it’s the best photograph I’ve ever taken of the moon, it did look rather pretty through one of the telescopes we had out.

Windows 8 on a MacBook (for now)

Last week Peter Bright at Ars Technica wrote a very interesting article about trying to find his ideal laptop. His goal is to find “a 13″ MacBook Air that isn’t made by Apple” – sounds relatively simple. What he’s asking for is something that a lot of people want, but none of the major PC manufacturers are able to pull it off.

The key thing here is that since the unibody MacBook, Apple make the best PCs. This is why a couple of years ago I bought myself a MacBook to run Windows.

Sure running Windows on a MacBook is a little ‘quirky’ but Apple make what I think is the best PC hardware, and I live in a Windows world – this was the best option for me. However I’m not so sure that this will be the best option when I eventually replace this machine for something better.

I’d like to see an ultrabook* like the MacBook Air which embraces Windows 8 features like touch screen and Wacom pen input – stuff that Apple simply doesn’t have on their MacBook line, and maybe never will.

Hopefully Peter and I will get our ideal laptops sooner rather than later, but for now I’ll be rocking Windows 8 on my MacBook.


Due to the Boot Camp drivers not performing very well, I eventually ended up rolling back to Windows 7 by restoring the entire operating system from the Windows.old folder.

* For now I think I’ll be sticking to Intel rather than ARM.