Another significant difference is that instead of configuring it via connecting to a webserver built into the device itself, you use an admin area on meraki.com. So, by design, it "phones home". I can't figure out how often it connects, or what information it sends and receives. (It must be getting the ads from meraki.com.)
It looks like the ads are served by rewriting HTML--is this correct? And if so, are all other ports untouched? Do https pages work?
The Meraki also supports some wifi mesh system, whereby you can essentially connect a whole bunch of Meraki devices to power and the internet (at least one needs an internet connection), and it will create one big wifi network and figure out how to route traffic from one device to another and finally out onto the internet. But I'm not so interested in this bit.
uPNP isn't supported and port forwarding is difficult (maybe impossible on the smallest Meraki).
The Meraki business model seems to be somewhat similar to that of fon--how do they compare?
Leopard is nice.
I moved the Dock over to the right side straight away, and it looks okay there now.
I might be able to replace Quicksilver with the (much faster) Spotlight--still experimenting.
Virtual Desktops was something that I really missed after switching from Linux to a Mac. (Especially since my Mac had a 12" screen.) I'm not completely comfortable with Spaces yet. It would be nice if you could switch from one space to another by scrolling with the mouse. (Though that breaks the otherwise infinitely high menu bar, I guess.) Some windows and dialog boxes seem to pop up on the wrong screen though (they way they do all the time on a dual-screen Windows machine).
Time Machine seems incredibly wasteful but I'm going to use it anyway, and try not to fret that a movie I just downloaded has ended up on my backed-up-for-all-time external drive. I guess I should exclude the "Downloads" directory from Time Machine? If a directory is added to the exclude list, does it retrospectively get removed from Time Machine backups? What directories and extensions are excluded by default?
Radiohead’s new album is surprisingly good. I especially like “Reckoner.”
Time was so short, the Executive Committee [of Chicago's World's Fair
of 1893] began planning exhibits and appointing world's fair
commissioners to secure them. In February the committee voted to
dispatch a young army officer, Lieutenant Mason A. Schufeldt, to
Zanzibar to begin a journey to locate a tribe of Pygmies only recently
revealed to exist by explorer Henry Stanley, and to bring to the fair
"a family of twelve of fourteen of the fierce little midgets."
The committee gave Lieutenant Schufeldt two and a half years to
complete his mission.
Erik Larson, "The Devil in the White City", p. 121.
I am making progress, slowly.
(From an article in the Economist, "Copper bottomed?", 2006-11-25. The piece also says that a whole lot of Afghan mines use basically medieval technology: men work with pickaxes, and many are supported by pine beams which must be replaced every three days.)
(I hadn't realised string theory was completely unsupported by evidence. From a BBC Radio 4 interview.)