Archive for May 21, 2003

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Cortland

Two new cartoons from Matt Johnson continue the Mac Wars.

Destructors, Finalizers, and Synchronization

A new paper from Boehm.

Mojo Mail

There’s a new version of Mojo Mail out, but my copies are so thoroughly modified that it will be a while before I get around to upgrading.

Depressing

Buzz Andersen, John Gruber, Chris Nandor, Ryan Wilcox, and others are saying that Apple should fix bugs in OS X before adding features. I find the fact that these people agree with me on this strangely depressing. Since I tend to be hyper-sensitive about these issues, I’ve had a lingering hope that the problems weren’t really that bad. It’s fading.

Matt Deatherage’s column in the June Macworld posits that the OS X migration is going slowly because of NeXT hubris. On the face of it, this seems impossible. Are the Apple menu, pop-up windows, and all the rest really that big a deal? I’ve written type and creator good, file extensions bad more times than I care to remember, yet I’m sitting here using OS X. Others have yet to switch (it’s more of a switch than an upgrade), and yet most of them probably have no idea what HFS metadata is.

Maybe all the changes and bugs add up to a death of a thousand strings, altering the gestalt of the system. Or maybe late adopters aren’t switching because they don’t want to upgrade all their software and buy not-so-speedy new hardware just to make OS X’s speed tolerable. Whatever the reason, the transition is going slowly. Accelerating it is probably the best thing Apple can do for itself, its developers, and ultimately its users.

Quote of the Day

I don’t think any of us can really predict exactly how [new intellectual property systems] will work, but I do think that any model which fundamentally prevents people getting something they want is going to fail. We shouldn’t be trying to prevent copying, just trying to make sure that the creator of the copyright gets something for his or her work when it happens. —Douglas Adams