Mac OS X
Press and Reviews
Highlights of the Ars Technica review of MacOS X 10.5, also called "Leopard":
- The random mix of window styles is now resolved;
- Horrible 3d Dock;
- Kernel improvements: better scheduling and a debugging service called "dtrace";
- Filesystem notifications;
- Objective-C 2.0 with automatic garbage collection;
- CoverFlow and QuickLook: spiffy GUI stuff;
- "Stacks" finally implemented, but in an inconvenient fashion in the Dock;
- Time Machine: inviting enough to maybe finally get users to back up, but wastes space by failing to store deltas of large files.
A wide ranging review of Panther (10.3) at Ars Technica.
Ars Technica review of Jaguar.
Journalistic discussion of the use of Macs in large supercomputing clusters.
When a Linux user buys Apple's Mac mini: An interesting critical perspective on OS X by Thomas Driemeyer. He points out several problems with the GUI that have been covered by writers concentrating on the Mac, such as the click-through inconsistency.
The PowerBook Sudden Motion Sensor: Technical explanation and innovative applications.
The Register on Tiger: A pretty tough review of OS X 10.4.
OS X News
Leopard Finder Bug: Another way to lose your data in OS X, this time in the new 10.5 (Leopard) Finder (but related bugs go back perhaps to OS X 10.1). This doesn't affect me, because I've not used the Finder for years: I use the command line to manipulate files.
Phillip J. Windley's diary of OS X experiences.
Although the desperately hip advertising-speak ("And by optimized, we don't mean that it's a little bit faster. No way.") is nearly intolerable, this article from Apple is a rare substantive description of the search technology to be included in the next major release of OS X, and includes examples of the use of the programming interface, and this:
Just as traditional Unix
lscommand will list all of the files in a directory,
mdlswill list all of the meta-data attributes for a file.