Maybe you can have too much mac hardware…


A while back I ran into this flickr image on I was impressed by the amount of mac hardware that one guy could (or would want) to own.

The thing was, seeing that didn’t even begin to prepare me for this. It’s a tour of Microsoft’s Mac Lab. So, check it out, rub your eyes, poke yourself with a sharp pointy thing to make sure you’re not dreaming, then check it out again.

What I really liked was the fact they have table football (foosball) there. I absolutely love table football, and feel all offices should have one for those angry ‘grrr my code just won’t work’ moments. Although I have no idea why Americans choose to have 13 men on each team… everyone knows that football (or if we want to be very precise about these things: association football) has 11 men per team ;-)

Anyway, back to the subject. I also found out about the HiPerWall which consists of no less than fifty 30” Apple cinema displays and twenty-five Power Mac G5s.

Has anyone else got any links to impressive use of mac hardware to share?



I’m occaisonally entertained by ‘my setup’ pictures, sometimes it’ll give you ideas about how you could setup your own desk better, othertimes it’s just a nice sight (for example, the 30″ displays). It isn’t like that guy went out of his way to advertise the picture, mass-emailing links to it and so on…

I don’t see the big deal.


They used to have a foosball table in the server room in our main office. The room is right off the press room. The press guys (blue collar, union men) got all whiny about it and it had to be removed. Babies.

Sam Aaron

The ‘my setup’ picture thing was just purely there as a warm-up, an hors d’Å“uvre if you wish, to the obscene amount of hardware contained in the Microsoft Mac Labs.

….and yes, those are 30″ displays, but what’s so good here is the distributed computing computing going on in the background necessary to calculate and co-ordinate the visualisations. I find it really pleasing that more and more people in my university, and others, choose to use macs for their research.


I always find these “my setup” picture things more than a little bit nauseating… “MY setup… and YES, those ARE 30″ displays….”

Cartman: “Now who wants to touch me… i said WHO WANTS TO F****** TOUCH ME!”

Cartman: “that’s f****** weak, man”

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