WWDC, Gnomefiles

So, Vincent and I went to WWDC today, it was pretty cool. I got to see my friend Vince, book author and OSX instructor Aaron Hillegass and Bruce Hammond of Gobe Productive fame.

Some thoughts on the stuff announced:
* The Mac Pros and Xserves are da bombs! Really nice machines, powerful and even affordable!
* Except the “top secret” features that were not announced and Time Machine, the rest of the features were simply evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Time Machine can prove very useful though.
* iChat would have been more useful if there was full ICQ, MSN, Y! support (text, audio and video) and VoIP SIP functionality, rather than useless flashy toys like “backdrops”.
* Spaces is not as “new” as Apple wants us to think. They are just virtual desktops in shiny clothes.
* Apple is now showing off SPEC benchmarks to showcase how fast Intel CPUs are, while in their PPC-past they wouldn’t touch them.
* There was not a “oh, one more thing” in the presentation. Jobs didn’t even mention OSX Server which has some quite good new features and could have fill up the void left behind!
* Both myself, Vincent and the people I spoke to they all left the keynote a bit underwelmed. We expected one big new thing that didn’t arrive. We expected something unexpected. But we only got exactly what we were expecting. ;-)
* Web Clips should have been pretty easy to implement for Apple. You just create a new WebKit instance inside a widget, you choose a specific part of a webpage to show up, you “lock” it so the user can’t scroll to it, and that’s it. The full web page is loaded, even if the system gives the impression that only a part of it is.
* I was right to wait for 64bit cpus before I get a new Mac. OSX now supports full 64bit apps. I can’t wait for their laptops to get the Core2 Duos so I can pick up one immediately.
* Steve Jobs seems to have lost lots of weight…

UPDATE: Wired has an editorial on the keynote. I am in 100% agreement with that journalist. I felt the exact same way about everything he discusses.

On the Gnomefiles front Adam did some great job adding friendly URLs to GnomeFiles.org! Thanks Adam!

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Ronald wrote on August 8th, 2006 at 1:39 AM PST:

And his weight loss doens’t look good. He now really looks like a vegetarian or a smoker. Looks very weak. :(


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Eugenia wrote on August 8th, 2006 at 2:25 AM PST:

Don’t forget that he’s been through a cancer operation last year…


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Eugenia wrote on August 8th, 2006 at 9:04 AM PST:

You can take it and spin it any way you want it. The fact is, this keynote was underwhelmed and the Spaces thingie being “big” was a laughable remark.


anonymous wrote on August 8th, 2006 at 12:27 PM PST:

* Spaces is not as “new” as Apple wants us to think. They are just virtual desktops in shiny clothes.

It’s important to note that Jobs only claimed they were a new way to work with OS X. He never claimed they were just “new” or that no on else had them.


anonymous wrote on August 9th, 2006 at 4:30 AM PST:

You can take it and spin it any way you want it. The fact is, this keynote was underwhelmed and the Spaces thingie being “big” was a laughable remark.

“In public relations, spin is a usually pejorative term signifying a heavily biased portrayal in one’s own favor of an event or situation.” -wikipedia

I would hardly call taking Jobs at his *exact words* instead of making up things he didn’t say, or heavily interpreting to favour a specific view “spin.” Your implication that Apple claimed they were new, instead of that Apple claimed they were new to Mac OS X makes a world of difference to people who only read your blog and didn’t see the original video.

It would have been far more accurate to say that you “found the conference introduction speech underwhelming, and even though Spaces provides functionality that is new to OS X, it is not new to the industry.” See how much better clear and concise wording is?

This is especially important if you’re going to quote “words” from the speech. Jobs didn’t just say “new,” he specifically qualified it as being a new way to work on the Mac with OS X, which it is.

I will not disagree that it is not a “new” feature to the industry. But, let’s be technically correct shall we? Wouldn’t want to mislead others.


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Eugenia wrote on August 9th, 2006 at 4:40 AM PST:

Jobs didn’t specifically say that this is new to osx. He generally said that this is new and “this is big”. Calling this feature “big”, is itself laughable — new or not. I stand by my comment. Apple tried to make a huge deal about Spaces, that’s the bottomline. And I don’t like seeing a company trying to make a big deal about something like this. Time Machine –although not a new concept– is more revolutionary and “bigger” than Spaces.

Personally, I found some of the OSX Server new features more important than the ones presented for the Client.


Konstantinos wrote on August 12th, 2006 at 2:38 AM PST:

“I can’t wait for their laptops to get the Core2 Duos so I can pick up one immediately.”

Any idea when those are coming?


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