Peer-to-Peer Macsby Derrick Story
Dear Mac Reader,
During the last week I covered O'Reilly's Peer-to-Peer conference in Washington DC. It's been an excellent gathering of great minds, and there's a lot to tell you about, but I want to focus on one aspect that I think you'll find most interesting.
At the conference I noticed an unusually high percentage of PowerBooks and iBooks -- the new iBooks seem to be a particular favorite, with the TiBooks a close second.
This jumps out at me because over the last few years, as I toted my G3 Pismo from tradeshow to tradeshow, I couldn't help noticing that I was usually the only guy with a Mac. Now, fast-forward to this week's P2P conference on cutting-edge technology, where some of the guys were actually making fun of my Mac dinosaur. What a difference a year makes!
This situation really came into focus last night when I read a note to the editors from Tim O'Reilly titled, "Macs at Conference." In the note Tim said,
"Another conference observation: There were a huge number of Macintosh iBooks in attendance. It seems to be the new laptop of choice. Mac OS X may be poised for significant success.
"I've also had a number of people say that Entourage, the new MS Office Mac email client, is the best GUI email client they've ever used."
Although Apple's new hardware is terrific, the key selling point for this P2P crowd is Mac OS X. Every Apple laptop at the conference seemed to be running Apple's new Unix-based operating system. These guys were doing everything from IM to SSH, and having a ball.
Funny how things work ... We're just getting ready to release David Pogue's Missing Manual on Mac OS X. In fact, today's feature article on the Mac DevCenter is by David talking about his new book.
The reason why I'm telling you all of this is because I want you to know that you're part of a significant new movement in computing. And that in the coming months, you're going to hear many good things about the platform that you've known all along is one of the most promising technologies in computing.
... BTW: If you want to learn a little more about the Peer-to-Peer conference, we have lots of reports and pictures here
Until next time,
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
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