Forwarding Address: OS X

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

In case anybody missed it, Mac OS X Tiger has been unveiled. Lots of appealling stuff, including:
  • RSS in Safari (with autodiscovery)
  • Spotlight searching -- as-you-type results similar to Launchbar or Quicksilver, but with the addition of filtering by metadata (modification date, file type, etc.).
  • Dashboard, a reinvention of Desk Accessories for OS X (which seems to have greatly increased traffic to the Konfabulator site... I liked it better when Apple bought the technologies they found worth incorporating, e.g. Stickies)
  • Automator -- "Like AppleScript, but usable!"
The Tiger pitch starts at about the 38:30 mark in the webcast stream.

I have to say, though, it takes some balls to mock Microsoft for not being ready with Longhorn when the release of Tiger could be a year away.


  • Oh I don't know about that. Apple has gotten off how many releases since the announcement of Longhorn? But yeah, it did take some balls considering how big a deal Office is...

    By Patrick, at 10:12 AM  

  • Disagree about the problem of announcing up to a year early vs. Longhorn. Longhorn was announced earlier than Tiger and is 99% certain to arrive at least a year later. There is a strong possibility that Apple will have post-Tiger (Puma? Lion?) out before Longhorn actually ships.

    By Paul, at 2:38 PM  

  • I know, I know, but Tiger isn't some kind of architectural revolution -- it's a point release of an established operating system.

    Apple's own vaporware OS history (Hello, Copland?) also colors my opinion.

    I'm all for bashing on Microsoft when it's really merited, I just don't think the power of righteousness is really on Apple's side here.

    By pbx, at 2:54 PM  

  • 'S all very well, but what about just speeding up the interface? Opening an "Open..." dialog box on my OSX 733MHz work machine is so-oo much slower than doing the same on my OS9 300MHz home machine. Ditto menus, finder windows, etc, etc.

    By Anonymous, at 8:13 AM  

  • Anonymous, what version of X are you running? There was a significant speed boost with 10.1.5, I think it was. In any case I had the latest X running on a lime iMac until I sold it a year ago, a Mac only slightly faster than your OS 9 machine, and it "felt" as fast or faster than 9 did.

    By Scott M., at 9:24 AM  

  • 10.3.something. Been told today by our support company that I don't have enough RAM, something I've been saying to management for months. Don't see that affecting interface speeds, though. OTOH, things get even slower when I try to use Photoshop: five seconds for a menu.... :(

    By Anonymous, at 10:03 AM  

  • RAM is a big deal in OS X. OS X is extremely slow with 128 MB of RAM (the official minimum).

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