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10th-May-2005 11:20 am
Yesterday morning I got a call from the Apple store to tell me that they had already fixed my PowerBook and it was ready for pickup. Yay! That was fast work, especially since they had to order the part. I went and picked up my baby, and also got a copy of Tiger because I didn't want to have to do the restore thing twice. So I'm now back on the air. Whew!

Nothing was lost in the hard disc death throes, though my restore wasn't trivial as I had a snapshot backup then an incremental to integrate, and I also was moving files and prefs from Panther to Tiger. Anyway, it wasn't too hard just time consuming and I'm done now.

Tiger is pretty nice. I don't notice much speed difference, but I haven't done anything too dreadful on it yet. I like spotlight, though I wish I could tell it not to index my backup volumes. Dashboard is kind of cool - it's the return of desk accessories! Anyone remember them? RSS feeds in Safari could be interesting, but I haven't figured out how to use them yet. NetNewsWire was so simple in comparison.

The big thing I dislike about Tiger is that Apple seems to have hit Mac OS X with an ugly stick. While Dashboard widgets are gorgeously lickable, everything else that is new or changed is really gross looking.

One of my rules for design is cribbed from Alan Kay: "Make simple things simple, and complex things possible." Apple is pretty good at the first half of that, but they seem to have forgotten the second half. Their tools are great for the basics, but they totally fall over on the important features that a lot of users want and need. There are a lot of places in the system where the UI actually dumbs things down and refuses to present a setting for something that is supported by the underlying software. Like being able to choose which volumes get indexed by spotlight. If Apple wants to assimilate more of the windoze user base, they will need to provide more of those power user features.
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