Friday, April 14, 2006

Blogging Made (Too) Easy

Blogging Made (Too) Easy

I've recently started using Dashboard (I've been using Tiger for ages, but really didn't pay much attention to Dashboard).

Most of Dashboard's built-in functionality, e.g. calendar, calculator, units converter, dictionary, is pretty darn useful, but I really don't see why it needs to live in its own layer. In some cases it's actively annoying.

One of the most popular Dashboard widgets allows you to add a post to your blog by typing into it and clicking a button. This is almost too easy. Actually it *is* too easy.

So here goes...

But first, a geek joke I came across on (he cites his source...)

Q: "What's the difference between Leopard* and Vista**"

A: "Microsoft's Engineers are really excited about Leopard."

* Mac OS X 10.5, the next version of Mac OS X, due early 2007.

** Windows Vista, codenamed "Longhorn", the much delayed next version of Windows.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bootcamp, virtualization, yada yada yada

Microsoft makes tons of money and has legal headaches. Apple makes not quite so many tons of money and has smaller legal headaches. Here's an interesting possible direction...

Apple makes Windows XP/Vista "the new classic" via strong virtualization (i.e. virtualization where the virtual machine can actually "see" some of the more useful hardware, which is to say the GPU) within OS X 10.5.

OS X 10.6 with Windows Vista bundled (a la Classic) replaces Windows as both Microsoft's and Apple's OS. Microsoft still makes a ton of money from OS X 10.6 (via sales of Office and cross-licensing). Apple gets access to Microsoft's DRM. Windows users get a relatively robust OS. Users get a single OS that can run Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX software seamlessly, play media from anywhere. Apple will lose hardware sales but gain huge market share. Everyone is happy.

Note that Apple is heading this way regardless (and, indeed, Apple has no choice; virtualization is already here and stronger virtualization is the logical, obvious next step).

So it's merely a matter of whether the two companies cooperate to make everyone's lives easier, or insist on creating incompatibilities to force some users to choose one platform and live with the inconvenience and other users to work across both platforms and live with a different level of inconvenience.