Gentleman Jack & Cola


Well well well, it seems Jack Daniels’ plan to transition to a young, vibrant premium spirits drink is complete. it began many years ago with subtle price hikes, advertising campaigns and give aways – Jack was back, and boy was he trendy.

At high school parties, people always gave you an odd look for showing up with a (now defunct) 6 pack of JD and Coke. “That’s an old mans drink, where’s your Smirnoff Double Blacks??”. Of course, government tax on alco-pops killed the 6 pack, plus there’s more profit in selling two 4 packs. But I digress.

This truly is the golden age of fine liquor – being ready to drink at any rate. Craft beers are no longer relegated to the back section of a dingy bottle shop – they’re fashionable now! Taps of VB and Tooheys at my local RSL have been replaced by James Squire and Sapporo. This Gentleman Jack premix summarizes the state of ready to drink alcohol for today’s youth.

It’s hip, it’s trendy, it’s expensive. I can imagine a Johnnie Walker Blue label premix isn’t far away. But is it worth it? In a word, no. It doesn’t taste all that different to regular JD & Coke premix, probably down to the same cheap cola used as the mixer. It doesn’t taste overly premium, but it is 1.6 standard drinks compared the regular at 1.3 – which is odd considering the recipe for Gentleman Jack is 80 proof the same as Old No 7.

Is it that expensive? Fortunately no, it’s only $21 a case more expensive, which if you drink less of due to the higher alcohol content isn’t bad value. Will I buy it again? Maybe, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it. Despite the label, this is not worlds better than Old No 7, the same could almost be said for the actual bottle of spirits – but at least it is in a different bottle!

27-inch iMac with 3TB Fusion Drive can’t yet do Boot Camp, early adopters frustrated


Apple highlighted the issue on both its iMac configuration and Fusion Drive explanation page. “Boot Camp Assistant is not supported at this time on 3TB hard drive configurations,” Apple said in buried text. “At this time,” could mean the feature is enabled down the road in a software update, but it is non-existent as of now.

Right now it is not clear what the cause is, or if it has anything to do with Apple’s new Fusion Drive technology

So, we have to wonder: what is holding back the more expensive configuration? We reached out to Apple for comment.

Isn’t it obvious? Boot Camp installs a tiny BIOS boot rom which is loaded after EFI. It’s that black screen with the blinking cursor you see briefly before your PC OS loads. BIOS and more correctly MBR won’t boot from larger than 2.2TB, to use a 3TB disk in an ordinary PC your motherboard must have (U)EFI and the partition table as GPT. Mac OS X obviously supports (read; demands) GPT (GUID) but the emulated BIOS boot rom used by Bootcamp is just that, a BIOS. Apple will have to open up their EFI implementation to allow Windows to be installed under EFI natively (64-bit only of course), some hackers have already had limited success doing this, bypassing Bootcamp’s emulated BIOS.

As for Fusion drive, being that it presents to the OS as a single volume (like RAID0) and is presumably managed at the firmware level I can’t see why this would present a problem for alternate operating systems. – Screenshot

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Covers most of the important categories, site could use a little work, a new stylesheet wouldn’t hurt either – but this is the most complete that I’ve found and well worth the $12 donation. Screenshot provided for posterity. 🙂 Go and register now in case they close sign-ups altogether.