Archive for June 24, 2003

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

WWDC 2003 Keynote

Matt Gemmell has my favorite writeup of Panther and its new metallic Finder. I can’t wait to see how Apple will change the human interface guidelines to suit this whim. Personally, I think it’s time to change the default system fonts and smoothing since (according to John Geleynse) they were specifically designed for striped backgrounds, and stripes are now passé.

But metal is just the skin, and what really matters about the new Finder is what’s underneath. Is it fast? Is it buggy? Has Apple actually thought about this design, or is it just another one to throw at the wall to see if it’ll stick? Time will tell, and I’ll be using Path Finder at least until Panther ships.

More coverage from around the Web:

And some links from Apple:

Unfortunately, unless they’re saving the news for the Cocoa Update session, Apple apparently isn’t bringing back EOF. However, they do appear to realize that Project Builder is lacking and are doing something about it. Hopefully they’ll be open about it so that BBEdit and other editors can get context-sensitive symbol completion and lookup. Or, better yet, they’ll open source the developer tools so that the community can help build what it needs. High on my list would be a way to build and embed frameworks without resorting to obscure incantations. They should be at least as easy to use as jars!

GCC 3.3

Apple’s posted an update to GCC on ADC. The release notes strongly implied that this wouldn’t trample over my existing GCC 3.1 installation, but after running the installer SQLite started giving me compiler errors because of a deprecated header. Sure enough, /usr/bin/gcc was linked to /usr/bin/gcc-3.3. sudo gcc_select 3 put everything back to normal.


Google’s AdSense lets Web sites serve targeted text ads to generate revenue. I’m trying it out on ATPM. I couldn’t get the login to work with Safari (it kept redirecting me to, but it works fine in IE 5.

In Plain English

Kuro5hin has started two new series of articles about relativity (History, Special Relativity) and projective geometry.

Savant for a Day

NYT Magazine:

If neurological impairment is the cause of the autistic’s disabilities, Snyder wondered, could it be the cause of their geniuslike abilities, too? By shutting down certain mental functions—the capacity to think conceptually, categorically, contextually—did this impairment allow other mental functions to flourish? Could brain damage, in short, actually make you brilliant?

Shira Springs

This Boston Globe article is probably the most negative thing Shira Springer has written about Celtics coach Jim O’Brien. Amazing.