Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

1 May 2005

The Pint-Sized Tiger:

I decided to dig my Mac mini out of the server closet and see what it would be like to run Tiger on 256MB RAM. […]

Dashboard? widgets don’t have that neat “liquid drop” effect on the mini. They zoom in zippily enough, but I guess I’ll only have the full experience on my iMac. […]

Nevertheless, an unexpanded mini is, in fact, usable under Tiger (provided you don’t try running a gazillion apps at once). It even feels slightly snappier than Panther.

Like I said yesterday. However, I don’t understand this part at all:

Screen rotation works […], but you can’t fall back to a safe display mode. When I chose the rotation, the mini switched resolution and rotated the display without any warning, and my battered old monitor failed to keep up. No warning, no fallback by pressing Return or Escape. I had to power cycle the mini, unplug the monitor and have it revert to 800x600.

Huh? Why would the OS-managed screen rotation need the monitor to keep up? What does the monitor have to do with anything there? Shouldn’t the drivers just rotate the picture without changing the resolution? Otherwise, what’s the point?

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