Archive for October 1st, 2004

The One Real Big Mac OS X Problem

Here is what I was saying for 2 years now.

This is the big problem with Mac OS X. Apple keeps breaking binary and ABI compatibility with the version they released just 10-12 months ago, and so hardware manufacturers can’t keep up with the changes, as these companies are much more conservative on their pace.

And of course the person who pays the price, is the user.

And this is exactly the big strength of Microsoft, to be able to keep compatibility with drivers and software in a great degree.

I have huge experience with this kind of problem, hardware that used to work and doesn’t anymore (all in just a few months time) etc. This is also the main reason why my husband doesn’t like OSX, because he’s got two printers, two scanners, a PDA and lots of other hardware connected to the Powermac, and we are literally afraid to upgrade the machine even for minor versions, in order to not break compatibility! This just sucks!

I saw Bill Gates today

Just came back from a conference in the Computer History Museum building (just outside the SGI campus). Bill Gates was the main speaker and people were able to pose questions to him. Unfortunately time was restricted and so I
couldn’t pose my question in time. I got to see him really close though, about 5 metres away. He seems to have lost weight. 🙂

Anyways, he is a really clever man with a very broad and clear vision and with the right humor each time. Chief Software Architect is what he should be doing (and that’s what he is doing actually at MS).

A small tidbit: when Gates finished the answer to a question, the guy from ITmanager’s Journal who asked the question, made an ugly grimace full of suspicion and dissaproval. I found this extremely unprofessional and ugly by him. He obviously had no respect for the guest speaker and he seemed to be pretty fanatic about his beliefs ( is owned by OSDN, as Slashdot is).

Through OSNews I was blessed and lucky to have met (except Bill Gates) Steve Jobs, Linus Torvalds, Miguel de Icaza and some others. I respect them all, because they are where they are today because they have the right brains. I don’t think I would ever do a grimace of disbelief/disrespect to any of them in public (probably on a one-to-one I would bitch and moan about bad things on their products/businesses, but not in front of the public).

I wrote about the conference here.