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Talking About Life With Mac OS X
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alanosx: This all sounds like the PPC switch 6-7 years ago.



OReillyMac: Remember USB 2 years ago?

beamOSX: yeah, but there are plenty of people out there who don't have many peripherals. I didn't have hardware problems until I got a CD burner the other day.

alanosx: Let me say this...

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alanosx: Apple has been doing this for 20 years...they know their customers...and they understand technology...

beamOSX: yes!

alanosx: they forced us to switch to PPC...but gave us the emulator...

alanosx: anyone want to go back?

OReillyMac: Not me...

alanosx: Who isn't better off for switching...

beamOSX: nor I...

OReillyMac: I don't even want to go back to pre-USB

OReillyMac: or Firewire

alanosx: Apple has a way of saying...time to move on...come along or stay behind.

alanosx: They have ALWAYS been right!

OReillyMac: Floppy drive!

alanosx: I don't miss it.

alanosx: RIP

beamOSX: Hah, floppy drives!

OReillyMac: I know, but sometimes it's tough love

alanosx: I'll say this... Jobs and Apple have guts.

beamOSX: the powerbook g4 is nothing but a 20GB floppy disk with a display, keyboard and a whole lot of power!

OReillyMac: And a great case!

alanosx: It takes guts to stare the computing community in the face... and say... time to go.

alanosx: Oh...

alanosx: One thing I would like to touch on in this discussion...

OReillyMac: Go for it

alanosx: is a few things that we think make OS X great.

beamOSX: yeah, I was hoping we'd get to that

OReillyMac: My next question!

OReillyMac: Alan, then Mike

beamOSX: okay

alanosx: well... actually take Mike first... getting a word...

OReillyMac: Mike, then Alan

beamOSX: okay

beamOSX: let's see...

beamOSX: The dock is really starting to grow on me

beamOSX: I find it to be incredibly functional and useful, and much better than what we had in 9 (which was just about nothing compared to the dock)

beamOSX: I like that windows minimize and get the hell off your screen with a simple command-M (shame on AOL IM & Acrobat for going against the grain here!). I like that my apps hide with command-H...

beamOSX: Eye Candy or not, I like my OS to look good

beamOSX: And with all the functionality that OS X provides as is...

beamOSX: there is still the capability to dive into its guts...

beamOSX: with the terminal...

beamOSX: with the dev tools...

beamOSX: It's something I have always wanted to be able to do on my Mac. When I feel like I've explored everything on the surface, I can pull back the skin and explore a seemingly endless terrain

beamOSX: OS X is incredibly stable...

beamOSX: incredibly functional...

beamOSX: and very powerful...

beamOSX: this thing has a whole lot of potential

OReillyMac: Those are great Mike. I couldn't agree more. One question before going to Alan's list.

beamOSX: and I don't mean "this fall we'll have drivers; this summer it'll be faster" potential

OReillyMac: Sorry!

beamOSX: I mean "ten years from now we can't possibly imagine what will be the hot thing, but OS X will handle it like a champ" potential!

beamOSX: no problem!

beamOSX: I think that's all for me :-)

OReillyMac: Does your iBook wake up from sleep instantly?

alanosx: I would buy OS X just for Sleep

beamOSX: There is about a second between opening the lid and moving the cursor, but everything is on the screen right when I open up

beamOSX: at anyrate, it beats the pants off of OS 9, and it's nothing to sneeze at

beamOSX: If you're a laptop user, get X

beamOSX: one more thing

alanosx: Agree!

beamOSX: I love the new networking set up

beamOSX: being able to have multiple, prioritized, networking ports in one location... I come home from work where I'm wired to the wall, open my iBook and it picks up my Airport immediately...

beamOSX: VERY nice

beamOSX: I'm done now

beamOSX: :-)

OReillyMac: OK, Alan, I know you have a favorite thing or two up your sleeve too.

OReillyMac: (Thanks Mike!)

alanosx: well... networking... multihoming... I have three networks in my house and I don't have to restart to switch...

alanosx: OS X know what is there... and I can switch on the fly.

alanosx: wherever you go... there you are.

alanosx: also...

alanosx: I am glad Apple is trying to kill off the Desktop.

beamOSX: YES!

beamOSX: I whole heartedly agree!

alanosx: I say good riddance... I love the new navigation... really using the Finder for once!

alanosx: The ability to scroll view... the navigation rocks...

alanosx: also...

alanosx: I rarely have to restart after an install... unless it changes the OS which is rare.

alanosx: In five months now...

alanosx: one system crash.

OReillyMac: Hey that's nice ...

alanosx: I see some big things coming too...

alanosx: notice how closely tied iTools and iDisk are to OS X.

alanosx: the line between the net and the computer is getting blurred....

beamOSX: yeah, I never used itools/idisk before OS X

alanosx: This OS is amazingly customizable... a hackers wet dream...

alanosx: coming to the end of my list... but...

alanosx: the system prefs are so much better than storing everything in a folder in the system.

alanosx: This new prefs interface is far superior than a drop menu.

beamOSX: I agree

alanosx: lastly...

alanosx: The attention to detail... you know... Apple has always been mocked for their GUI... why...

alanosx: because many tech people felt if it looks easy to use and is easy to use...

alanosx: it is a toy...

alanosx: but the level of sophistication required to make a machine work this well... is staggering...

alanosx: and OS 9 did it well...

alanosx: OS X... once you get to know it....

alanosx: leaves it in the dust!

alanosx: The attention to detail may seem silly...

alanosx: but live the OS for four or five months... and you'll laugh at yourself for not switching sooner.

alanosx: done.

beamOSX: It's a shame more people can't appreciate Apple's attention to detail--in hardware and software. I've always thought that the Apple's attention to detail adds immensely to the user experience, in a subtle way. The details make everything more solid--makes me feel more confident about my computer.

OReillyMac: Gentlemen ...

OReillyMac: Thanks so much for dropping by ...

alanosx: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

beamOSX: Its been fun!

OReillyMac: Ok, then it's a wrap!

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit www.thedigitalstory.com.


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