Twas the Night Before MacWorld…

“Twas the night before MacWorld, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!”

This is kind of a big day for me, and an even bigger day for a young (nameless) friend of mine, because we’re both likely to get new laptops before the end of the week, if Santa brings us new faster smaller and cooler computers from the fruit company in the South Bay.

It’s my first “Jobs Keynote” since returning to the fold, believe it or not it’s been over 20 years since I sat in the auditorium at Flint Center and watched Young Steve (we’re the same age, btw) unveil the Computer For The Rest of Us. He lifted the curtain and it said, simply — Hello.

I suppose I might have come back to the Mac long before, had Apple not turned its back on WebStar users in favor of Apache. A unique culture was flushed because the gods at Apple didn’t know it existed. This is why the Internet as a platform is so valuable, because it’s the platform without a platform vendor. I stayed with Windows, using it as an Internet user would, not using the Office Suite, or any software other than my own, an email client, a web browser, a paint program. Today I use more than that, on my two Macs, one a powerful dual-CPU desktop honker and the other a white, rugged, slow laptop. The funny thing is I can see the obsolescence in both, I have already, in my mind, bought their replacements, and I like it. I like paying money for things that give me pleasure. But in the back of all that is the fear that they’ll do it again, and wipe out something I love, because they didn’t know it existed.

I suppose Christmas breaks your heart too.

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.”

10:52AM Pacific: Looks like the keynote is over. I’m not interested in an iMac desktop, and I’m not going to rush to buy one of the new laptops. What else? Sure sounds like they plan to dump the non-Intel apps pretty soon. Scary stuff. I should ignore Steve Jobs and just use the machine. I really don’t like his style. So commercial, so arrogant. Mac isn’t that much better than Windows, the software is more colorful, and the viruses haven’t hit the Mac yet, he really shouldn’t gloat so much. I don’t like it and I give him a lot of money. That’s the same old shit, to Apple it’s some kind of privilege to give them money. Yuck. After all these years I guess I still don’t like the guy. Sorry.

15 responses to this post.

  1. I was never a WebStar user, but I like the things the switch to Apache gave us — an open, extensible, and widely supported web server platform that was already a well-understood quantity in the web development community.


  2. I was a Webstar user for several years, hosting many sites using various flavors of classic MacOS. While it was great for what it did, it severly limited the things I could provide to my customers. In the end, I think relying on Webstar for my business limited my growth as a web application developer simply because I was not able to use the technologies the rest of the world was using – php, mysql etc. So while Webstar was secure and stable, it held me and my business back. The day I started using apache as my primary host was the day my business exploded, plain and simple. I really enjoyed the Webstar community but I had to make a choice between being in a “club” and running a business. I think Apple recognized that difference too and made the right decisions for its existing and potential customer base.


  3. Transitions work great, so if they wanted us all to switch instead of die, or go away, how about easing us into it. And why stay with AppleScript — doesn’t Unix have alot of great scripting langauges like Perl and Python? There’s an imbalance here.

    Anyway, the real question is which of their promises will they break next year and the year after that. I was explaining why I said goodbye to the Mac. I’m using it again, but I pretty much expect they’ll break something, sometime, that I really care about.


  4. Posted by Christian Nybø on January 10, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Nice to see that Jobs used in his keynote. Kind of a nice welcome back, wasn’t it?


  5. Christian, he did? I didn’t know. In what context? That is nice.


  6. Posted by Christian Nybø on January 10, 2006 at 10:28 am

    I followed your link to the engadget live coverage, and they said: big picture with a text overlaid, like Scripting News

    Ah, I missed the “like”. Sorry. Feel free to remove my comment.

    Guess they like your taste in design, then.



  7. I saw that too, not sure what to make of it. But Apple likes my ideas, even though they don’t bother to tell anyone that they weren’t their ideas. They’re pretty cheap with the credit, which makes them a shitty platform vendor, but who cares after all these years. But for a brief moment there, it kind of felt nice to think they might reciprocate just a bit.

    It was really ironic when Scoble and I along with Dean H from Microsoft ran into Jobs on the street in SF and he was giving them shit, in front of me, for how they were ripping off Apple’s ideas. I should have introduced myself but I didn’t think of it then. ;->


  8. I think that may have been the engadget coverage that referenced (saying, the blog that Jobs was putting together had a photo across the top, like — as the reference to is not in Steve Jobs “quotes”…I


  9. sorry. i see that it’s already been clarified.


  10. Posted by Jim Armstrong on January 10, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Apple introduced today, what I was talking about 5 years ago when Radio Userland was coming out.

    iWeb and GarageBand in iLife ’06 is what Radio Userland 2.0 should have been, and still isn’t.

    Why innovate, and then let the biggies pass you by so easily?


  11. Jim, I got sick. Sorry to let you down.


  12. Posted by Jim Armstrong on January 10, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    Exercise: Go out and buy a copy of iLife ’06 today, and make the OPML editor EXACTLY like iWeb, only instead of posting to a proprietary .Mac WebDAV account, allow posts to Radio Userland, Manila, Word Press, TypePad, or Blogger site.

    Keep it open source.

    Let a billion flowers bloom


  13. I think you should do it.

    Let me know when you need a tester, and if I have time I’ll take a look.

    Let a billion flowers bloom. ;->


  14. How about get the SandVox folks (Karelia) to do it? Good folks (I’ve known Dan for more than two decades), similar relationship to Apple (their previous product, Watson, was stepped on by Sherlock 3), they need something like this to differentiate from iWeb.


  15. […] My larger problem with Apple, though, is actually summed up in something Dave Winer said yesterday:  […]


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