September 9th, 2007



I do like my Mac, these days, but it has a real problem with swapping. It's got 512MB of RAM, and as soon as it needs to swap, the entire thing grinds to a halt. I don't know what it's doing, for working sets, but by "a halt", I mean "nothing happens for several minutes".

It's okay while I'm using the same application continuously, or if I've just got Thunderbird and a few Firefox tabs open. But open iPhoto - which has the daft design of "reading" your entire photo collection on start-up rather than on demand - or PhotoStudio (Cannon's equivalent of PhotoShop), and it pretty expires.

And as for starting OpenOffice? Right now, there's 9.4MB free. Start OO:

14 seconds in, the icon stops bouncing.
27 seconds in, the splash screen appears.
1 min, 12 seconds, and the splash screen disappears.
1 min, 18 seconds, and I get a blank document window with a cursor.

I'm assuming most of that time is swapping stuff out to make space for loading shared libraries, but it's horrendous.
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Don't think much of this gallery

We thought we should do something during our holiday; we'd decided that we couldn't face the faff of a foreign trip without a few months' run-up, and UK travel seems to be, well, largely impossible (how much by train? and it takes how long?), so we've just been sleeping in, lounging around for a few hours, and then, by the time we get dressed, the sun has set. Hmm.

So I suggested nipping out around one of the local galleries. But it closed at 5pm, and it was gone 3pm by the time we were out standing by the busstop, and we hadn't eaten anything by this point. So we gave up and had brunch in a cafe instead. We might do some Culture tomorrow instead.

All done

Last night I finished reading Cobra Trap, the last of Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise books, recently re-published by Souvenir Press. On the one hand, this means we now have a copy of all the prose novels, and I've managed to read them all (we haven't been collecting the comic strip collections). On the other hand, it means there aren't any more to find.

I still maintain that they'd make a fantastic movie franchise, although my recommendation would be to drop all of the supernatural elements (the Lucifer character, and aspects of Dinah Collier), and just stick to pure escapist thriller fare. My preferences for casting remain:

Modesty: Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones, Gina Torres.
Willie: Jason Statham.