Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Still don't get the point with Dashboard. Can't remember to bring the damn thing up. Maybe it is just something to get used to. It is not like I use expose that much either. I guess that is what I get for moving between macs and window boxen during the day. Instead of being good at either, I end up with some LCD of their interface functionality.

I must say that using Windows is just PAINFUL once you have gotten used to a Mac. Are there issues with OS X? Sure - you can find any number of rants about how Apple has thrown out many established UI axioms for the sake of a pretty demo (the Dock for one). Still, these are rants coming from people with a long history of using operating systems with good UI. Coming from Windows, they are all insignificant.

What really blows me away is just how colossally crappy application interfaces are in Windows. I'm not talking about the default Widgets. I'm talking about basic aesthetics of the layout, and what people do with those Widgets. I don't believe that Windows programers don't care about these things. We certanly do.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

While using my Dual 2.0 GHz G5 PowerMac yesterday, I was distrurbed to notice that 1GB of ram was missing, and I could no longer import video from my camera. Reseating the cards fixed both problems - wierd.

My Brother-in-Law turned me onto the RSS Screen Saver in Tiger. Too sweet.

I'm starting to get mixed feelings about Dashboard. Why do they all have to be in their own "space" where I cannot mix them with normal windows. Many of the Widgets seem to make sense when they are a part of your visual field all the time. What good is a nitification widget when you have to click something to see that its state has changed? That would be like having an alarm clock that you have to keep checking to see if it has gone off. I like the widget organization, but let me change whether they appear on the regular screen. You know - like ... shhh ... (konfabulator) ...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Well, it turns out my source third-hand was on the money, and it survived the rumor chain until it got to me. I think the fact that the secret was just that for as long as it did pretty amazing. On the other hand, the WSJ did break the story a while back. Too bad everyone decided to ignore them. It jsut seemed so absurd.

The forums are still cranking on the news, with some pretty crazy responses for die-hard mac fans. Its not like the PowerPC was even created by Apple. Why all the loyalty? Most Mac-heads wouldn't even be able to tell you what "endian" means. Sheesh.

It has gotten me motivated to get my PowerMac re-integrated into my workflow. I've been punching away at Windows code for so long, I haven't even had the damn thing turned on. Thankfully, the new kernel code makes the platform specific code needed even smaller. It should be pretty easy to get it up and running.