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  • Well, let's put it this way: you are a multinational corporation IT department, you invest in NeXTStep, you see the company failing even if their products are quite great, you see Jobs selling it to Apple, you receive notice of Apple going to redevelop NeXTStep into Rhapsody, which will limit NeXTStep from four platforms to just two (Mac and Windows). A Few years later they just kill the Windows version and force you to go through a Java bridge if you want to keep your NeXTStep apps in anything other than a Mac. Let's say you are an HPC client: are you receiving any news from Apple about the future of the xServe products? Are they going to keep a PPC line for a little longer? Is there going to be xServe line at all in the future? What about future support? Wouldn't you be rather nervous? Apple, some years ago, decided to rob their VARs their Education accounts. The result was a terrible erosion of their presence in that market. Add to that their usual attitude of not keeping product lines alive and forcing disruptive changes where progressive ones would better apply, plus their usual premium pricing. (SONY doesn't offer Apple's DRM-dependent products) And I'll hold that Basic is quite OK :P
    juanxer had this to say on Jan 03, 2006 Posts: 9
    Microsoft to fall over in 2006? pfft!
  • Actually, Apple's track record at pursuing and supporting corporate and federal customers is abysmal. They wouldn't even support their education ones properly. Also, those small coups at high performance computing are lacking continuity, frankly. Apple is clearly disregarding those markets and concentrating on the premium consumer electronics and AV content creation ones. This whole Open Source usage thing is rather misleading, too, as I see it: even OSS powerhouses as IBM implement it as long as it allows them to promote their NOT open source products such as WebSphere. The same goes for Apple: Darwin is quite the least interesting OSS item around, as the truly relevant OS X' APIs are all proprietary. And then, as interesting as OS X is, Apple's HW and SW consumer electronics-style policies are not well suited for enterprise computing: no features stability, no public roadmaps, no flexibility... and yes, they being such control freaks. Apple wants to be a Sony while corporate costumers need a Dell. The only move that would make OS X a tempting product for them is, quite simply, licensing the OS (and even so OS X would need some tuning to get up to speed with Unix and Windows in tasks such as web server ones). (Actually, Basic is as fine a business language as anything else. I was a PICK OS programmer some years ago, and Basic was key to making it such an easy platform to develop for)
    juanxer had this to say on Jan 02, 2006 Posts: 9
    Microsoft to fall over in 2006? pfft!
  • My hope is that Mac x86 towers will be far more expandable than current ones. There are some "killer workstation" trends right now, such as GPU cards working in parallel, internal hardware RAID, quad CPU motherboards and so, that PC boxes seem to be able to hold without that much effort comparing to G5 boxes. I wonder if Apple would make a stab at doing an SFF-sized box, sort of a MacMini Pro: an as fast as possible box with expansion capabilities similar to Shuttle's ones. Most pro users would do great with such a thing.
    juanxer had this to say on Aug 31, 2005 Posts: 9
    Apple Towers: Heading for the Long Goodbye
  • "Don't open at Login" would be clearer, perhaps? This example is a bit tricky (coherency vs. clarity vs. agility): such a parameter would be fine as a tick box in the corresponding Info pane, but then accesing it would be slower. By the way, it would be nice if the open-at-login apps allowed for disabling them instead of removing them, old Extensions Manager-style. But you are quite right: we have about six or seven window styles in Tiger and Apple's apps, with inconsistent properties (border width, grabbable areas, etc.). By the way. isn't it ironic that Microsoft Office tries so hard at keeping up with Aqua's guidelines and peculiarities, like autoadjusting to the Dock's height? Even if they are plain silly, such as auto-resizing palettes wich are a nuisance.
  • "Industrial Strength" is rather too generous for a system that puts its device drivers in Kernel space and crashes along misbehaving ones (I've had to suffer some). "No legacy" and 21th Century is going too far for old creaky Unix (is Unix the most adequate OS for a home computer user? Is the all too common FSCK recommendation a reasonable one for maintaining a home computer). Look, OS X can be the best personal computer OS out there right now, but that can't hide some truths: that it is becoming incredibly crufty, that its GUI is a mess, and that it is ridiculously un-snappy at basic things like simple text editing. Tiger is so full of holes and Spotlight so limited and limiting that I'd laugh if not for the fact that I have to work with it every day. And the Finder is an utter disaster. WinXP is terribly uneven, and I rather keep using a Mac, but there are a lot of ideas in it that makes me wish Apple started their photocopiers real now (a decent Help facility, for a start). Truth be told, Apple started photocopying them and others a long time ago. System-wide audio plug-in architecture? OS-level Web render engine API? Web browser-style Finder navigation? Copy-Paste Finder items (but no Cut-Paste, rats!)? App switch key-combo? Contextual menus? Konfabulator widgets' look and feel (the real crux of that debate)? Watson channels in Sherlock? Not to deny Apple's great merit in defining the key principles of current PC GUIs, but frankly, guys, the age of innocence is way past gone. (By the way, Vista's skin is a provisional one. They look like they are playing with concepts until release time, and there are some very interesting ones, such as stack icons' "thickness" expressing content quantity, or non-graphic files thumbnailing)
    juanxer had this to say on Aug 08, 2005 Posts: 9
    Vista=Copy of OS X
  • Top-right search fields with a magnifying glass icon have been featured in some web browsers for years, I think. It's not such an originalty. Also, Smart Folders is a decades-old concept which Microsoft has been publicising about for quite a lot of time (that they have taken so long to provide an actual implementation instead of vaporware is another thing entirely). Again, what's new?
    juanxer had this to say on Aug 08, 2005 Posts: 9
    Vista=Copy of OS X
  • Well, there is the type who knows what he is doing and has no problems at all.
    juanxer had this to say on Aug 01, 2005 Posts: 9
    What Type of Windows Weenie Are You?
  • Isn't it the silliest thing that in the days of the Macintosh Classic this model would come with an autobooting diskette with an interactive GUI tuition program plus a fairly decent manual, and nowadays we get no manual, no interactive anything, not even a "first startup AV tutorial" set of videoclips or a simple DVD, anything at all. These days I know far less about current Mac OSes (Classic or X) than I knew then. Abysmal online help, no detailed manual, etc. Every time I hear one of those supposedly funny tech support stories I think just how a design failure the product involved was.
    juanxer had this to say on Jul 06, 2005 Posts: 9
    The Mac Has Never Been User-Friendly
  • What Apple ought to do is take a real hard look at the state of OS X' GUI and begin doing intensive repair work. Right now it is a mess, from concept to implementation. And oh there are so many little things done wrong is like being devoured by a miriad little pira├▒as. And I hope they start being less condescendent: in this day and age of internet search how come we don't have a documented way of doing simple boolean searchs (and-or-not)and must rely on some gracious developer to give us notice of some esoteric symbols to be able to do that? Not only it is not that difficult for an user to understand booleans: it simply wouldn't affect those that do not to have those capabilities. One would wish that Apple would provide an "Advanced User" option for most preferences and settings, giving us more control if we feel up to it, instead of seeing us all as, well, one button mouse guys (I know, I know, and I agree, but you know what I mean :) ) If they really want to advance the Finder, they just need to pursue the web browser metaphor to the logical end: tabbed Finder windows, bookmarks, history. Plus file Cut'n'Paste. That would help a lot. What I am afraid of is things like searchs that don't wait for me to end typing my query and start giving me results with just a character or two in the search field, which is ridiculous most of times. That is the kind of misguided eyecandy that Apple commits to so often nowadays. We'll see how many of those Leopard brings to the table.
    juanxer had this to say on Jun 18, 2005 Posts: 9
    Anticipating Leopard