Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bancrupcy In the Air

I have heard it said that even Mark (Zukerberg) is getting nervous.   Euro Calamities and worse to come would prevent even the insanely optimistic from buying into the good book.

Word on the street is that an IPO must be made in double quick time. <Just don't pay me in Dollars or Euros>

After all Bankruptcy is in the Air

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ah Prizes

Marcus and Agata never win anything!   It is a rule that we live by.  However in late July we did participate in the Adidas Thunder run as part of our Summer 2011 holiday.

After running around for quite literally 24 hours we earned a prize, but they were out of stock and so it was to be posted. But we are sad to say that after at least 3 emails, no responses  we have given up.  Adidas seem unable to send Marcus  his prize.

Meanwhile  what brought the whole situation to focus what the fact that Agata won a Runners World UK competition.  Yes,  Lumie   were able to send us our Bodyclock Active 250 as promised, on time, no problems.  

It now sits in the bedroom ready to wake Marcus and Agata up at the dreaded 05.30. Marcus personally thinks that nothing short of a miracle will make this morning rise anything but torture, but we will see.

Thanks Runners World,  you delivered :-)

Update Friday December 02 2011: Adidas have been in touch and tell me to expect a delivery soon.  When /if anything arrives I will update the blog.

Runners World UK
Lumie BodyClock Active 250
Adidas Thunder Run
Marcus and Agata tackle the Thunder Run
Marcus and Agata Thunder Run Conclusion

Monday, November 28, 2011

Digital Decadence

When it comes to Photographic storage you have to think ahead.   I think the summary rule is store at the currently highest resolution you can, for in the future,  it will quite literally seem ridiculous.

Having spent (literally) a few thousand hours scanning all of our 35 mm slides, prints from our generation and back 2 generations,  I can review some statistics:

2003:  Slide scans from 128Kb to 3000KB, normally around 400KB

2004 Photographs 2GB

2005: Slide Scans: Higher resolution, average size about 600KB

2006: Slide Scans: Files 800KB plus on average

2008: Panasonic LX2   Average photograph 3MB

2008: Photographs 12GB for the year

2010: Panasonic LX3: Photograph size about 4MB

2011: Samsung Camera (20MP)  >7MB per photo

2011: Photographs  55GB year

Overall then, really Digital Decadence?  Well even in these flooded times a 3TB original Plus a 3TB Backup disk  will cost a total of about 1000CHF

So that is about 1000 * (3000 / 45*1.024 ) = 65 Francs per Year   (40 GBP, 70 USD)!

So what makes all this possible?

To play in the Digital Decadence club you are going to need

  • A great Online Storage Facility = Google Storage for me.  The storage pool you buy can be used to populate your Blog, to store Google Documents, or save your Photoraphs (in Picasa)
  • A camera that can shoot really large quality files.  A Canon EOS-1D full frame camera, or perhaps a Samsung NX-200  with an APS-C sized sensor  should you think 1.5Kg plus is ridiculous for a portable camera! (I do)
  • A Good Blogging tool   - With Google Blogger you can click on the photographs to uncover the higher resolutions.  So  a summary resolution is displayed, and users click thru to get more.
  • >10 Mbit/sec Internet download speed (cf 0.5Mbit/sec upload) . Well you need to upload your large photographs

So in summary, don't skimp on the resolution

Unrelated Links!
La Decadanse - In the days when smoking was cool !
Duran Duran - DecaDance

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Economy Looking Up

There is nothing like some hands on research so in contrast to the wall, nee mountain of financial doom that I read about daily. Therefore I conducted a small personal survey of shopping habits in London, Saturday November 26.

What are the results?

Well either a large number of people are not convinced about the forthcoming recession, UK government Austerity plans and potential state of Emergency, OR really there is just no emergency.

We spent our weekend with all the restraint we could muster...

Outbound Geneva -> London: 3 cases,  2empty
Return       London -> Geneva: 3 cases, 1 empty!

Yes,  we resisted the temptation to fill our suitcases with crap but conversely we did notice

  • Westfield shopping centre, open at 09.00 Saturday, completely chocker  (full) 09.15
  • By 11.30 we had to leave, Marcus was getting Claustrophobic
  • Saturday Night, Selfridges on Oxford street, 21.45.  Completely packed!

  • China Town, 23:00, Sunday, well very busy.
  • I believe my sister Angela is typical.  I can't say what, but she met and delivered us a present that would make us unhealthy, and we previously refused last summer (then we had a car for transport).  It was of course meant in good faith.... Seems like people, especially that have Christmas faith are preprogrammed to give regardless

Meanwhile while in Switzerland, a country that until recently did not try to fix the exchange rates to preserve the export potential for exporters.  Well this has happened:

To explain in simple terms, the SNB (Swiss National Bank) is buying up foreign currencies at low rates, i.e. larger numbers of Franc in exchange for your crappy and future bankrupt currency that free market conditions would dictate.  What are the ramifications

  • Swiss Franc exchange rates to the dollar, pound and Euro are high.  This means exports from Switzerland are cheap
  • Imports from GB, Europe or the USA have got a lot more expensive
  • The Swiss Government is printing money as shown above
  • The Swiss Government gives investors our lovely stable (for now) Franc, in exchange for holding a mountain of I can only describe as crap.  Sorry that is the facts!
  • This Strategy will work if longterm the other currencies return to strength, it fails if they get weaker, in which case the Franc will be pulled into the gutter with everything else.
  • Can you imagine what I think of their plan!
Gold anyone?

PS: Meanwhile in America:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Freeing Energy from the Grid

Currently the stuff that dreams are made from, but solving the Worlds Energy Crisis and simultaneously combating Global Warming is worth a look right?

Freeing Energy from the Grid

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mike Posner

I have never before made a blog article about a Musical Artist before. I usually put such information on the right hand sidebars of this blog.

But Mike Posner's Layover Mixtape is just the best Dance Album I have heard in 2011

What a tremendous talent.

Hat tip Mike.

Mike Posner on the Interweb
Mike Posner layover overview
Mike Posner - The Layover - 17 minute preview

Thursday, November 24, 2011

In Competition We Trust

And to continue on the retail theme, within the last 3 days I have had >3 attractive offers from UK mail order companies that I frequent

Above from Wiggle

 Now the offer from Chain Reaction Cycles

And finally Start Fitness

I try never to get too overly excited about retail, but these prices are very competitive.

In Europe I should explain that we don't have a special period at the End of November called Black Friday.  In the USA there is a special warmup Thursday called Thanksgiving when famalies get together to overeat.  Then on the following day,  Black Friday  encourages Americans to become even more in debt by signalling a season of over spending which finishes at Christmas.

But back to the plot, I trust these 3 e-tailers are offering these Christmas deals in order to encourage sales, whilst still making a profit  (I would not want encourage a loss leader), and not in a statement of desperation.

I would also mention that Wiggle and Chain reaction do not charge for postage to Switzerland over 150CHF and Start Fitness charges a token 5CHF.


The Point of It All

In England in the 1960's Green Shield Stamps provided shoppers with a loyalty program whereby points collected with purchases could be exchanged for gifts within a catalog.

And so it seems like a step back in time as I enthusiastically participate in the Coop Supermarket Superpoints scheme.  How does it work?

  • You have a plastic sized credit card with a barcode that identfiies you
  • There is also an iPhone app that shows you your card and points balance, but it can't be used transactionally in a store 
  • You hand your physical card to the Checkout operator who adds to your account 1 point for every 1 CHF  (1 USD, .6GBP) that you spend
  • But using the above coupon you can multiply your points by 5!!
  • Then later you goto an Electronic or Paper Catalog  to search for that bargain gift.
  • The rough value is 100 points has the value of 1 Franc, but you can never directly exchange points for cash
  • At certain times promotions allow you to exchange products for points (currently fine food products)

Ah how time have [not] changed in little old Switzerland.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Do Chimpanzees have a Theory of Mind

To find postulate futher about the Theory of Mind  please listen to this episode of Philiosophy Bites

I am confident that all thinking people will find this eposide most interesting.

Tim Crane on
Philosophy Bites

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sony Bass Boost

For over 10 years I have been a faithful consumer of the Sony MDR-ED21 headphones (top in photo)

But in Europe this is now hard/impossible to find.  For example, I purchased my last pair from Ebay US since there was no other obvious source.

What makes this headphone a really great choice whilst exercising?

  • It's not white so people won't want to assault you / mug you for your connected Apple product
  • The Bass response is incredible
  • Most importantly: They DO NOT fall out whilst running
  • Slim profile
  • Unassuming design
  • Robust

Call it extravagance then but when just before the Victoria Marathon  my ED21 cord severed   I thought it might be time to experiment with other designs.

Here are 2 more reviews then

Sony ED12LP  (right in photo)
  • Bass Boost earcup design as before for excellent Bass response
  • Bling silver not appreciated
  • Cord feeding headphones is thinner and gets into a knot easily
  • The cord exits the headphones at 90 degrees - not smooth
  • The design has a question Centre of Gravity leading to headphones being able to fall out whilst running

Sony EX32LP (left in photo)
  • Headphones sits really deep inside your ear
  • Very lightweight and slim design - does not protrude outside ear, so helmet eg cycling or skiing fits without pressing into ear
  • Headphone cord entering by ears is not so thin as to tangle / knot

So thus far the Sony EX32LP is looking like a worthy successor to the ED12LP.  

Sony MDR-ED21LP  Old Faithful Headphones
Sony ED12LP Questionable Centre Gravity Headphones
Sony EX32LP Right inside your ear Headphones
Sony Headphones in General -root

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fifth Gear or Top Gear

I was quite shocked when I read in a GTR forum, that Fifth Gear was now upto episode 5 of series 20.

Episode 5!   I didn't even realise Episode 1 of series 20 had started yet.

For those of us who actually want to know about Cars, Fifth Gear of course provides real information, whereas the monster franchise that Top Gear has become provides low brow Entertainment, which sometimes has a connection with cars.

But Top Gear certainly has the edge when it comes to advertising budget hence my total ignorance of Fifth Gear's season.

From this weeks episode of Fifth Gear (series 20, episode 5)

Hyundai i40 Tourer: group Test

Honda Mugen CRZ

For those of us living in the UK then we can catch up with Channel 4 on Demand

In the course of doing research I forced myself to read The Top Gear Story by Martin Roach.  Yes, still Fifth Gear for me.

Fifth Gear the Website
Watch Fifth Gear full episodes on Channel 5

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pensive Sunday .. The Inevitable

It could just be winter time but my mind is decisively pensive.  To date, since the collapse of the Investment bank Lehamn brothers (RIP sept 20, 2008) where business people lost money, governments worldwide have taken over the assets and liabilities of Commercial banks so that the general public  (that is you and I) do not experience a direct loss of money.

Now Governments (representing whole countries) are in trouble too.

Bill Gross: Debt-driven growth is a flawed business model

My brain continues to absorb upto 50 financial reviews, podcasts, technical articles daily.   Acting as an analog copmuter it clicks and whirs.  Answer: We <world economies> are not pointing in a healthy direction.

When the first large European or American commerical bank defaults, and its hosting Government is unable to cover the losses, private individuals en masse will lose their savings.  

I am not optimistic,  though I can think of no real better place to deposit ones assets ...  not Dollars,  not Euro, not GB Pound,  but Swiss Franc of course   (our home :-)


US Economy: A Lost Decade

Scan and Merge

I have earlier related how my old EVO car magazines are being brought back from storage in Warsaw to Switzerland for scanning.

All are documents are going electronic, and I mean ALL .
Recently however even with the Vuescan software  I cannot overcome the fact that the new Printer/Scanner has a convoluted duplex scan path.

It scans (one side)
It takes the page back into the printer
It turns it over
It scans the reverse side
It takes the page back into the printer
It turns it over
It ejects the Page

Old scanner ...

It scans  (both sides simultaneously)

It occurred to me that I could perform 2 single sided scans and then try and combine them

Enter PDF Split and Merge

  • You perform 2 single sided document scans
  • Because the scanner does no duplex page turning it is a lot quicker
  • If you think about it the second scan is back to front 
  • So you need to combine the first scan with the second scan (pages reversed)
  • And it does all of that in fractions of a second, saving out a new pdf file
  • Of course is you mis scan any pages it's going to go horribly wrong!

PDF Split and Merge

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Batteries but When

Any designer of a battery powered product is acutely aware that they face a constant balancing act between performance verses battery life vs weight.  Many other factors are involved.

So I was excited but also slightly skeptical at the press coverage headlines like this

Researches increase Lithium Capacity by Factor of 10

Nowhere is this more obvious than for Electric Powered Motor vehicles.  The energy stored in a kilogram of battery vs a kilogram  of Petrol / Gasoline

Lithium Ion Battery = 0.5 Million Joules / Kilogram  

Petrol                     = 45 Million Joules / Kilogram

So multiplied by 10 would make battery stored energy look competitive at last.

But the basic point is there are a variety of reasons why it is a long and sometime infinite step from a Scientific Research Paper to a Production ready commodity.

  • Research fails at Peer Review
  • Not Cost Effective
  • Undesirable Side Effects
  • Unsafe Chemically or Biologically
  • Unstable at Room Temperature 
  • Impossible to Manufacture at an Economical Price
  • Too Fragile for Commercial Use
  • Does Not Actually Work

So whilst I was for a moment excited about Lithium Ion technology using Graphene I of course wait for more testing and fuller details.

Graphene is of course a product invented at the University of Manchester, England. It resulted in the 2010 Nobel Prize to the inventors   Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov   no less.

Some obvious comments:

Common misconception: Batteries store energy. They don't create energy. You still have to produce the Energy from Coal/Nuclear/Oil/Solar etc.

If this technology turns to a commercial and deployable reality the higher energy densities will transform the performance and practicality of everything from A Laptop to an Electric car

But Marcus the Skeptic, and  the Engineer and Rational Thinker says .. steady on. Let's wait for some Peer review before getting too excited.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scanner Software that time forgot

Okay, this is merely an interim report on Scanner Software.

My trusty HP Scanjet 7800  has been getting less and less reliable over time.  Many other Internet users report the same: Tempremental, horribly complex & buggy HP software, but brilliant hardware.

So now there has been a switch to a combined Samsung Printer Scanner I have found the opposite problem.

Samsung, Colour, Laser Printer Scanners  have fantastic Laser Printer hardware.

However the Sheet feed scanner is a step back in time.  Whilst duplex scanning is possible it's not a straight thru scanner.  It takes the paper thru once, then turns it over, scans again, then turns it over again before filing it.   Takes ages!

Next, in principal a good thing: the scanner can scan without a host attached computer.  Example:  You can scan and tell it to send the scans via FTP to a remote server or to a SMB Windows Share.  Sounds good?  Yes but it can't also do a image to text scan< or other fancy features>, so that you can search thru your scans for text not just by filename.

There are other limitations too. In practice anything more than a scan of 20 colour pages runs out of printer memory!

Therefore we are in fact back to host dependent computer scanning to obtain a superior result.

Samsung does not provide any real software  (contrast to HP, whose 300 MB plus install was over the top, but at least there).  So I'm currently trialing the VueScan 9 Professional Edition Scanner

And so the learning points so far

  • The most important thing about the Vuescan Scanning software is that it actually works and it is simple to use.
  • As a user I want the simplicity of a Photocopier in Scanner progream form.
  • The best I can say about Vuescan is that it actually works.
  • It installs into C:\VueScan - are you kidding me.  Are we living in the 90's?
  • The program actually creates a text readable .ini file.  Again I could not quite believe what I was seeing in the year 2011!
  • It does produce Text readable PDF's
  • It can do 600 dpi scanning
So whilst it could appear that the writers stopped coding some time before the year 2000, I have to admit that the software does actually work, unlike the rudimentary and unfriendly Samsung software.

Samsung Colour Multifunction Printers
VueScan Software Download Trial

Spousal Ribaldry

Well it has yet to happen, but I am assured that Agata will presently be on a small Sabbatical.

This concerns me because just the thought or her having a few weeks where what am I going to do today is totally her choice takes me back.

It takes me back to when I was in this position and my day comprised cycling/running to work with Agata,  doing a lot of 

Vintage Cromemco Computer Restoration during the day, and cycling/running to pick her up in the evening.

She has not even started yet and already I am jealous!  So I am trying to rationalise matters:

  • There a still a couple of days to go.  I'm betting her employer, who pushed her into the Sabbatical will have a change of heart.  I can hear we need you right now, unpaid vacation is cancelled!
  • It would be nice to have some decent Christmas planning for a change.  Do we have the time to book flights before they exponentially rise in price?

  • Might be time to actually get Agata's CV polished for 2012.  In the IT world complacency is a one way ticket to long term unemployment
  • There are endless sporting opportunites in Switzerland, Agata can do some series winter Triathlon / IronMan training.

  • We have a construction project at home or two that could do with some attention :-)
  • And lastly, the prospect of a break, to get the chance to just stop, think, contemplate life, and figure out what direction to take for 2012, will be a fine thing.

    <Not to be confused of course with long term unemployment, consequent depression and gloom, something I don't wish upon anybody>

Overall then I am very skeptical that the Sabbatical will happen, but time will indeed tell.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday Intel

It has certainly been an eventful week for Intel.

At last the Sandy Bridge E CPU's are shipping and consequently all the X79 motherboards are available to buy.  Pesonally I have my eye on any offering which supports 8 DIMMS of quad channel memory.  64GB of memory at today's readily available densities.

Though the X79 chipset is not everything the Industry had hoped for, <we forgot USB3, we forgot PCIe3, we kept SATA-3Gbps - come on!>, well  its' companion Intel 3960X  CPU is well impressive.

But I digress.

Pop Quiz:  How many transistors does the very latest Intel Sandy Bridge E 3960X processor have.   Answer 2.27 Billion.

And Celebrating it's 40th Birthday today the Intel 4004 processor of November the 15th 1971 as shown above, had how many transistors?  Answer 2300.

Not bad going Intel.  Respect is due.

Anandtech 3960X review
The Ultimate Intel 4004 Website
Intel 4004 schematic
Intel i7-3960X Processor Specifications
GigaByte X79-UD5 Motherboard  Manual
bit tech talks X79 - only average

The X79 cometh

Monday, November 14, 2011

BatteryGate not WaterGate

A famous Englishman once said   I see no signal

I try to believe our modern world has made some progress.

In times gone by, well in about 1973, the WaterGate tapes scandal referred to a set of secret and incriminating recordings kept for posterity by President Richard Nixon.

Fastwind a decade or two and clearly the developed whole world has become so prosperous that political intrigue was passe and so instead we faced a positive crisis when  Antennagate developed

But then Apple told me that in fact the real issue was merely the display of the reception bars on the phone display

And so to today, November 2011.    I am anticipating  the BatteryGate press release. Dear Loyal customers, we are shocked to have found a terrible calculation error in all previous generations of iPhone battery life calculation.

In fact the iPhone 4S is the first model to accurately display true battery life.  A fix will be available for earlier iPhone generations soon.

Or something like that

So what have I learnt?

+ On the positive side Apple does not pre release products, they announce and ship soon afterwards.

Of course not always in Switzerland, but then we are used to waiting for our technology here

- Apple products, like religious faith and fever depend on the true believers being convinced of the superior product nature apriori 

- If people start not to believe the coolaid then things start to go a little Pete Tong

- Just to be really annoying they moved some buttons so none of my specialist coverings or cases will fit 

So my conclusion is  stick with the Apple iPhone 4 and when a competitive Android phone surfaces, get ready to jump :-)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Memories

You will not be surprised to hear that Marcus and Agata recycle just about everything we can.

So as I pulled out a bag to hold my clothes for tomorrow's cycle the words I read momentarily transported me back to our memorable holiday in Victoria Canada that we recently returned from.

There is the sense that for an instant your mind and state of mind is quite literally returned back to the time and place relating to the object or photograph where you initially experienced it

This transportation through time is taken a step further in Christopher Reeve's Somewhere in Time.  Watch it here :-)

Our memories are indeed almost magical. Another moment.

I am sure you would expect nothing less than to hear that Marcus and Agata currently have scanned and archived every photograph and document from our, our parents and even our Grandparents generation.  When we are old and wrinkly there will at last be the freedom to transport ourselves back in time to our very happy memories :-)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Apple Screen of Death

Over the last few months I thought I would try to give Apple a decent chance at staking a place in our Electronic home.

But unlike the rest of the Apple drone / fanboy world I thought they would have to earn it!

What do I mean?

Well I am a happy iPhone user who appreciates the simplicity and power of the iPhone.  But I've not experienced all the horrors that most smug Apple OSX users cite as principle reasons for leaving Microsoft Windows.

And as the above screen shows my bog standard, Apple Lion Macbook Air is not turning out to be the most reliable of workstations

Interval Since Last Panic Report:  643820 sec
Panics Since Last Report:          1
Anonymous UUID:                    C75A2CD3-D27D-4008-ADA6-29EC013366FA

Sat Nov 12 05:51:06 2011
panic(cpu 1 caller 0xffffff80002fcb48): "vnode_rele_ext: vp 0xffffff800c3a3b00 usecount -ve : -1.  v_tag = 0, v_type = 0, v_flag = 0."@/SourceCache/xnu/xnu-1699.24.8/bsd/vfs/vfs_subr.c:1709
Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address
0xffffff80b076b750 : 0xffffff8000220702 
0xffffff80b076b7d0 : 0xffffff80002fcb48 
0xffffff80b076b810 : 0xffffff7f81c50b5c 
0xffffff80b076b840 : 0xffffff8000316c0c 
0xffffff80b076b870 : 0xffffff80002fd32d 
0xffffff80b076b8c0 : 0xffffff80002fceae 
0xffffff80b076b900 : 0xffffff80002fe81e 
0xffffff80b076b970 : 0xffffff800030be0a 
0xffffff80b076b9c0 : 0xffffff80002fb7a0 
0xffffff80b076bcd0 : 0xffffff8000556919 
0xffffff80b076bd30 : 0xffffff8000556adc 
0xffffff80b076be10 : 0xffffff80002fc914 
0xffffff80b076bea0 : 0xffffff8000555a40 
0xffffff80b076bf50 : 0xffffff80005caa9b 
0xffffff80b076bfb0 : 0xffffff80002d8363 
      Kernel Extensions in backtrace:[AC23AC75-26B2-3770-9929-E08DC9DCA438]@0xffffff7f81c3e000->0xffffff7f81c72fff

BSD process name corresponding to current thread: KernelEventAgent
Boot args: -v debug=0x300

Mac OS version:

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 11.2.0: Tue Aug  9 20:54:00 PDT 2011; root:xnu-1699.24.8~1/RELEASE_X86_64
Kernel UUID: 59275DFA-10C0-30B3-9E26-F7B5DFB1A432
System model name: MacBookAir4,2 (Mac-742912EFDBEE19B3)

System uptime in nanoseconds: 76924091611269
last loaded kext at 75286858404048: at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch 2.2.05 (addr 0xffffff7f8149f000, size 290816)
last unloaded kext at 75347052775157: at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch 2.2.05 (addr 0xffffff7f8149f000, size 278528)
loaded kexts:
com.paragon-software.filesystems.ntfs 82
com.github.osxfuse.filesystems.osxfusefs 2.3.1 1.6.0 3.6.0 1.7 1.7.1 1.7.0 1.9.4d0 3.0 122 1.59 2.1.3f7 2.1.3f7 2.0.4d2 100.12.42 3.5.9 1.0.26 1.0.0d1 2.0.1d2 7.0.0 1.2.1 4.7.5d4 1.5.3 170.1.9 7.1.2 225.2 225.2 3.0.1 1.0.0d1 1.0.0d1 33 2.0.1 4.5.0 512.20.18 2.2.0 4.5.0 1.5.0 161.0.0 1.4 1.4 1.6 1.7 1.4 1.5 167.0.0 3.2.30 1 167.0.0 1.7 1.0 1.0.0d11 2.1.3f7 1.0.10d0 80.0 4.0.1f4 10.0.5 1.0.0d22 1.0.0d5 2.1.3f7 2.1.3f7 1.8.3fc11 1.3 3.0.16 3.1.1d8 4.7.5d4 1.0.10d0 3.0.16 1.0.3 2.3.2 7.1.2 2.3.2 1.5.0 1.5.0 1.1.8 4.0.1f4 4.0.1f4 4.0.1f4 227.1 4.4.5 3.0.1 3.0.0 3.0.1 4.5.3 3.9.0 403 1.2.9 1.7.1 4.5.3 411.1 2.0 2.0.7 4.5.3 1.5.0 1.7.1 1.1 165.3 1.0.0d1 7 331 1.7 28.18 1.4 2.6.7 1.4
Model: MacBookAir4,2, BootROM MBA41.0077.B08, 2 processors, Intel Core i7, 1.8 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.73f63
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Built-In, 384 MB
Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x80AD, 0x484D54333235533642465238432D48392020
Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1333 MHz, 0x80AD, 0x484D54333235533642465238432D48392020
AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0xE9), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (
Bluetooth: Version 4.0.1f4, 2 service, 11 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
Network Service: USB Ethernet, Ethernet, en2
Network Service: USB Gigabit Ethernet, Ethernet, en3
Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en0
Serial ATA Device: APPLE SSD SM256C, 251 GB
USB Device: FaceTime Camera (Built-in), apple_vendor_id, 0x850a, 0xfa200000 / 3
USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424  (SMSC), 0x2513, 0xfa100000 / 2
USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, apple_vendor_id, 0x024c, 0xfa120000 / 5
USB Device: BRCM20702 Hub, 0x0a5c  (Broadcom Corp.), 0x4500, 0xfa110000 / 4
USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, apple_vendor_id, 0x821f, 0xfa113000 / 7
USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424  (SMSC), 0x2513, 0xfd100000 / 2
USB Device: AX88178, 0x0b95  (ASIX Electronics Corporation), 0x1780, 0xfd120000 / 4
USB Device: Internal Memory Card Reader, apple_vendor_id, 0x8404, 0xfd110000 / 3

Some other "not so small" gripes:

  • When I try to boot my Macbook Air, this is what happens  (every time)

I'm aware of the workaround so no big deal, but hardly a good thing

  • If you disconnect your Ethernet network whilst you have multiple Windows shares connected Finder cannot cope, in other words, at best for the next 10 minutes your whole system is paralysed whilst it tried to recover the network shares, at worst Finder crashes so badly that 

Force quitting the Finder does not work  .. meaning restart.

  • After a short period of operation the internal fan goes on to (presumably) 100%,  there's a vague kind of burning/over exertion kind of noise && smell, and well, guess what, you need a reboot to fix it.
Not then quite the perfect world I was promised!