Monday 09 December 2002

What’s better than a Snickers?

Norm Jenson on eating a candy bar:

I break it out of the wrapper and begin to eat. It is delicious, nuts, caramel, and chocolate. The bar stretches as I bite off a piece forming a narrow sliver of chocolate and caramel with a nut perched on the end. A kind of chocolate serpent enticing me to continue. I do, and no sooner do I finish it when the worries of too many pounds return.

Hershey Rally bar

You might have imagined Norm was eating a Hershey’s Rally Peanut Caramel Bar, but no… he was enjoying a Snickers.

I used to be a Snickers fan until I stopped eating confectionery altogether. Then, last week, I dropped by the Seven-Eleven late on Monday night to pick up the Sydney Morning Herald (the Monday edition contains the lift-out TV guide). I looked idly at the various chocolate bars neatly arrayed in front of the cash register, thinking about how I wasn’t going to buy a Cherry Ripe (using the same strength of will I’ve applied to not buying a Macintosh) when I noticed the neat stack of Rally bars. This was the first Hershey’s candy bar I’ve seen in Australia. I picked one up and read the product description:

packed with crunchy peanuts - rich caramel - chewy fudge

Just like a Snickers, I thought to myself, only better. I checked the price: $1.65 (US$0.93). Slightly more expensive than I’d expected, so I bought three. Boy! What a taste! And they really are packed with peanuts—not at all like the sparse distribution of nuts through a Snickers. (And forget the Milky Way Norm’s beneficiary preferred. That’s just like eating air.)

Hmm. I just checked the Hershey’s Web site and there’s no mention of the Rally bar. Have I fallen for an imitation?

Note. The Mac fans among you—who may be thinking that my Hershey’s purchase is the thin edge of the wedge—shouldn’t get your hopes up. I got thoroughly scared off when it became clear that 768MB of RAM is the miminum amount of RAM required to get acceptable performance from Mac OS 10.2 (and an iBook can only be upgraded to 640MB). Norm Jenson tried to seduce me with this article about using MySQL and PHP on Mac OS 10.1. But I’m perfectly happy with MySQL and PHP on my PC, and who wants to use Mac OS 10.1?

So you should turn your attention to Phil Ringnalda, who appears to be weakening:

I will not. I will not buy another computer just to run one app. At least, I don’t think I will.

Make that two apps (for Phil): NetNewsWire and EspressoBlog (and three for me, when you include Tinderbox).

But don’t hold your breath. A $1.65 peanut-caramel-chocolate-fudge bar isn’t a $3359 iBook, even if the iBook is way more than 2000 times more useful.



I was just biting into a delicious chocolate bar when I came on your post ( from ). Never heard of a Hershey's Rally. I am also not buying a macintosh, though I get tempted from time to time.

Posted by: Michael Webb on 8 December 2002 at 10:12 PM

Jonathan, where did you get the idea that 768MB is the minimum amount of RAM to get "acceptable" performance out of 10.2? What does "acceptable" mean, anyway?

I'm running 10.2.2 on a 500MHz iBook with only 364MB, and it's quite acceptable to me. Maybe I just have low standards, what with my bifocals and all.

I can't imagine how the same amount of RAM would be unacceptable on a machine that can offload much of the Aqua overhead to the display card, which has 300MHz more clock frequency, which has 33MHz more bus speed, and which has twice as much L2 cache as my little iBook.

In any case, I can't imagine that 128MB more RAM is going to make a significant difference between "unacceptable" and "acceptable."

Posted by: dave rogers on 8 December 2002 at 10:41 PM

Dave's right, Jonathon, I only have 640 MB on my G4, and it runs Photoshop, GoLive, etc. faster than I've ever seen them run before.

That Hershey Rally sounds exactly like a Babe Ruth, my favorite candy bar. Hard to beat, and "healthy" too since it contains all those peanuts. :-)

I couldn't get too excited over Tinderbox, but I can't live without NetNewsWire now. I'll have to try ExpressoBlog.

Posted by: Loren on 9 December 2002 at 02:57 AM

Sometimes I simply enjoy your writing, other times your stirring. Occasionally, you set them (us) up to take hook, line and sinker - Nicely done.

Posted by: Marius Coomans on 9 December 2002 at 07:09 AM

Dave and Loren, the comments on my last Macintosh post included: "ram hog," "the more [RAM] the better," "significantly more memory-intensive," "max out the RAM", "throw in extra RAM."

Marius, sometimes I think you know me better than I know myself.

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on 9 December 2002 at 12:57 PM

I guess now Cherry Ripe is on my to try list. Sigh.

Jonathon, no computer owner worth his or her salt would ever not suggest maxing out RAM. Graphics card and hard drive size, too. And peripherals, don't forget them.

I have a hard drive on my Dell that I'll never fill, and RAM on my TiBook I'll never strain, and both are sufficient. Really. But still I exist in this state of anxiety. Should I have more?

But what if...? But what if...?

I pile on the resources and then smile greedily, pale ghosts of greasy cheeks, phantom leg of lamb in one hand, turkey leg in the other.

RAM. Num, num. Space. Num, num. New software toys, NUM, NUM.

Posted by: Shelley on 10 December 2002 at 12:34 PM

Kung Log ( is better than EspressoBlog.

Posted by: Adam Rice on 17 December 2002 at 10:58 AM

I'm running 10.2.2. on my bronze keyboard G3 PowerBook with only 192Mb of RAM, and I am not finding any problems.

Hell, even Photoshop 7.0 works okay.

But, I must admit Snickers are better than Cherry Ripes, except when you're talking about writer Cherry Ripe, who is a one-off amazing person.

Posted by: Allan Moult on 18 December 2002 at 08:49 PM

The rally bar is a hersheys product, but it is made for sell outside the us. It's the same thing as the nutrageous, but with a different name. We print the wrappers where i work, just thought you would like to know why you couldn't find it on their site

Posted by: Jeremy on 30 March 2003 at 12:54 AM

Being born in the USA in 1966, Rally bar was my personal favorite candy bar during my elementary school years. You do the math. I was a bit curious as to the whereabouts of it all these years. Thanks for the info.

Posted by: donna on 6 May 2003 at 03:09 PM

Was just thinking about RALLY candy bars today - these were available in the USA in the 70's and were abruptly discontinued. Are these still available in australia?

Posted by: jon on 16 June 2003 at 01:59 PM

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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