is almost upon us, and with it comes the live-streaming keynote
, delivered at 10am PST, in which Apple traditionally announces new software (and sometimes something else to boot). Rumors of an iWatch abound, but just as intriguing is the popularly-believed notion that Apple will be introducing a new design to OS X which matches last year's iOS 7
, breaking clean of the Aqua interface
which has defined the Mac since January 2000. Rumors abound. [more inside]
Along with today's release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks
(a free download from the Mac App Store) comes John Siracusa's
remarkably detailed 24,008 word review of the new OS for Ars Technica. [more inside]
As the roots of Apple's OS X, NeXT
is fairly well known. Have you actually seen one
For the past 13 years, with every new release of (Mac
) OS X John Siracusa
has written insanely detailed reviews of the newest version for Ars Technica. Apple OS X Mountain Lion came out today. This morning, John Siracusa's 25,935 word review
was released to the public. Not sure if you want to read the review? Read Marco Arment of Instapaper
's review of the review
. If the epic detail of the review wasn't enough, Siracusa split out a separate blog post
about the review on his personal blog
. [more inside]
I've lost track of the many reasons that have been given for the [Apple OS X] switch to Intel, but this I know for sure: no one has ever reported that, for 18 months, Project Marklar existed only because a self-demoted engineer wanted his son Max to be able to live closer to Max's grandparents
Apple has released a developer preview
of the next version of OS X, named Mountain Lion
. A key new feature is Gatekeeper
, a security system that will allow users to decide what type of applications can be installed or launched on their personal computers. While some security experts think its a good idea
, others worry about it being subtly used to discourage users from installing non-App Store applications
Macworld has coverage of the entire update
, while Daring Fireball recounts a personal demonstration
John Siracusa's (27,000 word)
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
. [more inside]
Although Apple's OS X
operating system is making inroads with power users, providing Apple style and usability over a FreeBSD-derived UNIX-certified architecture, many find the built-in terminal emulator sadly lacking both UNIX feel and Apple polish. Fortunately, MeFi's own jewzilla
has picked up the ball on the most popular third-party Terminal replacement, iTerm, and rolled out something altogether new and wonderful: iTerm2
. [via mefi projects
Here's to the crazy ones
- a decade of Mac OS X reviews.
OS X is X today!
Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple
- the DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac, making it beautifully, trivially easy to run DOS games
John Siracusa's review of Snow Leopard
is an instant classic, as James Fallows sez
: "an impressive piece of technical writing." Altho
, "apparently OS X doesn't support huge pages." Apple's example, btw
, may have wider industry implications/applications.
I'm not a computer programmer
, but I love the thought
that go into [computer] application design. [more inside]
[Patent Lawsuit Filter] On Wednesday Sun Microsystems announced a counter suit against Network Appliance, wherein they will draw on their "defensive portfolio" which is "one of the largest patent arsenals on the internet". They are going to be requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of NetApp's filer products from the marketplace
, and also seeking monetary damages (half of which they've pledged to donate to the Software Freedom Law Center
and Peer to Patent Project
). Last month, NetApp sued Sun
for patent infringements in ZFS
. Earlier this month in Texas, the first ever patent infringement lawsuit against Linux distributors
was filed. [more inside]
The How-To Geek
provides hints and tips for a variety of operating systems and popular pieces of software. The how-tos cover a pleasing range of head-slapping I-should-have-known-thats to relatively advanced techniques. Follow the latest
page to read the site in blog form.
Software Pop Idol
If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App
have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules
here. Idea Submission form
Windows XP booting on Apple hardware: confirmed.
The $14000 contest to get Windows XP to boot on the new Intel hardware from Apple is over as of today. While considerable work
in the realm of device drivers needs to be done, (and the rumored method
may violate the Windows EULA) much of the hardware is straight Wintel. Considering that the MacBook Pro
and Intel-based iMac
(not currently working) both pack ATI Radeon X1600s, serious PC gaming on Apple hardware via dual-booting may finally be in the realm of possibility. [Via: slashdot, engadget]
Live coverage of the 2006 Apple Keynote
is not available in video form. Since the stop of live broadcasts
on the web, we now rely on folks actually there to give us up to date news, and here it is (in text form). It will be available later (as always, in QuickTime) from apple.com.
Well, it's an old rumor, but many sources (including the NYT
, and many rumor sites) are reporting that Steve Jobs will be announcing a switch to Intel at the WWDC
tomorrow. The WSJ claims Apple will be switching to x86 processors, while others speculate Intel will simply be manufacturing PPC chips, or only processors for a tablet PC. If the rumors are true, and it seems like they are, what of the Intel DRM recently announced
? Are we destined to have DRM hardwired into our computers no matter where we turn?
Curiously, the major rumor site
has remained mum on the matter. Your best bet to follow the drama will probably be MacRumors
, who will be providing live updates from Steve-o's keynote tomorrow.
Putting his money where his mouth is
regarding the recent Symantec (Norton Utilities
, Anti-Virus etc.) Mac OS X virus claims
...? Seems not to be
, but the fellow who was sponsoring the $25,000 reward has a, shall we say, checkered past
. Mac users are still waiting
for the first real attack. I could live without it, but this particular religious war
insane and inane it can get) does liven up our computing experience
. If the pop-unders at MacDailyNews
get around your browser's pop-up blocker, go here
The clueless reviews the Mac Mini
His chief gripes are "The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds." and "No serial ports, no way to connect a printer, no PS/2 ports, no floppy drive, no 5.25" bays." Let the hate mail campaign begin!
Unlike Microsoft, which supports their OS releases for 5 years, Apple is forcing users to purchase new OSX 10.3
to fix security issues. No support is provided for any other OSs in the OSX family.
Sounds like an open door for intentional software bugs and issues.
Codename Marklar: Marklar
is maintaining a feature-complete marklar of Marklar
running on Marklar
as a fall-back marklar in case the Marklar
is no longer viable. Maintained since the early days of Marklar
, Marklar gains greater relevance in the context of Marklar
's inability to deliver higher-frequency Marklars
, but is seen as less likely given Marklar
's forthcoming 64-bit Marklar
. (via Marklar
MacOS X for $82,402.02
CompUSA feels MacOS X is just that good.
was released recently. Some poor OS X users lost
all their data after installing this seemingly innocuous software. (about a third of the way down)
Is being on the bleeding edge worth it? What responsibility does a software manufacturer have to prevent from damaging your data? Any other horror stories from installing just released software? Not bashing Apple, as I'm using a Mac myself.
Is OS X really going to work?
I've been a Mac tech for almost 6 years now and I feel that OSX is a very risky endeavor for Apple. It's weird and users don't like it - I'm talking about companies
who rely on Mac, not developers or the "power users" who always adopt early. Not one single client of mine is interested in learning a new OS or buying all new software (and hardware) for the privilege of learning that new OS. It seems to me that production departments and agencies have too many deadlines to meet to futz with learning curves, slow apps in OS9, and myriad other issues. Does anyone else get this feedback from clients? Wouldn't it be just as easy to give in and switch to PeeCee, like many
of the departments I support are being pushed to anyway? What do you guys think about OSX and Apple's future?
Apple to NUblog: Drop Dead
When Joe Clark went looking for information about OS X's out-of-the-box inclusion of multiple languages, Apple's PR agency decided he wasn't worth talking to because he wasn't "credentialed
As Deborah Branscum writes
: Weblogs and webloggers may not get respect at Edelman or, perhaps, at Apple. But they should. Time to wake up, folks, and get a clue.
[found via NetworkWorldFusion]
Bill Gates created MacOS X?
I came across this memo written by Bill Gates on July 29, 1985 to John Sculley, then president of Apple Computer. In the memo, Gates writes about the possibility of licensing the Macintosh operating system to third party companies. Here's where it get wierd, Bill suggests that Apple talk to AT&T about migrating the MacOS as a GUI layer on top of their UNIX. Makes me wonder who had the idea first, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?
MacOS X comes of age.
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Office will be released for the new Apple OS in the fall. "Analysts had warned that without a version of Office, or similar productivity suite, running natively under Mac OS X, Apple would face problems getting businesses to switch to the new operating system. "
OS X to support 2 button mice.
Nice to see Apple finally catch up the cutting-edge, 1983 technology.
Has MacOSRumors lost it's edge?
I know the announcements in Paris were none-too-shocking but MOR has really sucked recently. MacCentral
scooped them on many of the announcements. Two years ago this would not have been the case. Is it me or have they just lost heart?
I was hoping to start my day by either purchasing the OSX beta or begin the long d/l process. Unfortunately, 30 minutes later and Apple's Store servers have yet to complete the process due to 500 Internal Server errors and 4 timed out sessions. I thought OSX Servers were better than any in the world? So forget it. Steve, you can have your eye candy.
OS X had better kick ass.
For me this is Apple's final curtain call. I have been a life-long, devoted follower of the Great Apple and now it is time my devotion paid off.
Cool hardware is great Steve, now lets see the goods on the inside.
New MacOSX Screenshots
are available at XAppeal
. It still looks beautiful, but I think the whole Gelcap look will get really old after use on a daily basis. OSX's BSD core is very intriguing, and I like the Terminal Window