Hi guys and gals,
I have some secrets (?) to tell you all : (1) I don’t like Micro$oft and Windoze is crap, (2) Linux and the Opensource movement are just fantastic, but (3) one day, I’ll buy an Apple Mac OS X Powerbook and stop using Linux as my main OS…
Because I’m fascinated by Apple hardware and the Mac OS X operating system.
The Powerbook I’m dreaming of every night has the following configuration : 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 processor ; 1GB DDR333 SDRAM; 15″ screen ; 64MB Video RAM ; 8x DVDÃ‚Â±RW drive ; 80GB Ultra ATA drive ; Wifi enabled.
Furthermore, the Mac OS X operating system has a fantastic architecture. It’s basically the Aqua user interface running on an Opensource Unix-based foundation. And, as such, most Linux applications just simply run.
Mac OS X Tiger, which is going to be released today, is revolutionary according to Apple. The OS will introduce a new technology, Spotlight.
Spotlight is a lightning-fast search technology which completely decouples the user from the physical filesystem. There is no need now to remember where files or folders are. Spotlight keeps track of everything using metadata and it can also look inside documents (PDF or whatever). Smart folders (a la smart playlists of iTunes) can easily be created by the user. This will change the whole way of interacting with a computer.
The Powerbook comes with iLife ’05 which is a suite of very powerful applications like iPhoto (which I’ll use to manipulate photos from my hypothetical Nikon D70), iMovie HD (which I’ll use to edit DV recordings of Kyan and Anya), iDVD (which I’ll use to burn commercial quality DVD of the kids), iTunes (which I’ll use to listen to my extensive music collection) and, perhaps GarageBand (because as an existing owner of Logic, I will surely upgrade mine to the latest Logic Pro 7 version)
Better yet, Football Manager 2005 (which is the best computer game ever) runs on Mac OS X.
And, as far as software development is concerned, one can easily develop in C or C++ because gcc is pre-installed (and is used to build Mac OS X itself) and Java (as a VM is also pre-installed). So, no problem at all to run Eclipse or even KDevelop…
But, to really leverage the power of this fantastic machine, I’m ready to adopt the freely available Xcode IDE, learn Objective C and start using the Cocoa framework.
Message to Christina and (perhaps) Steve Jobs : I want a Mac !
Message to Steve Jobs: Can’t you do something for my nice husband??? He can be a really really good spokesperson for U.
Big Mac 79 Rps,
Mcdonalds, habour front building
C’est beau les rÃƒÂªves :)
ps: en parlant de “lightning-fast search technology” les pauvres peuvent toujours essayer beagle et rÃƒÂªver de storage
well maybe its time to start the mac os x movement in MU :D
Eddy Young says
Stuck with a 3-year old iBook 12″ here. Looking forward to a new Powerbook, but property buying forbidding, I have to wait some more. Anyway, I have only been happy with the iBook. Apple does make some good products.
Can you imagine a 3-year old PC laptop being still as useful and capable as when you bought it?
Eddy Young says
Beagle is not too bad. There are some nice demos of Beagle at http://nat.org/demos.
I’m trying to make beagle run under AMD64 Gentoo but, for the time being, I have no luck. I can’t compile Mono! It is hard-masked in Gentoo and a lot of its dependencies are still considered to be unstable. I’ll succeed one day though :-)
Beagle and Gnome Storage are the 2 projects (which I discovered around 6-7 months ago) that have made me aware of the existence of the (relatively) similar Spotlight.