Scripting News for 8/7/2006

Trying to find a good summary of Apple’s announcements. Here’s what I’ve discerned: 1. A new Mac desktop with Intel processors. 2. A new version of the operating system. For me it’s the first new version of the OS since I became a Mac user again in Sept of last year. The features I’ve seen so far don’t excite me. But then when has an operating system ever had anything in it to get excited about?  

Ed Cone: “BusinessWeek’s best bet is to say, ‘We goofed. We wrote an interesting article about an interesting subject, but we made a pretty bad mistake in the way we headlined the story.'” 

Scott Rosenberg: “The magazine can either publish a correction, which I doubt it will ever do, or live with the diminished credibility it deserves.” 

Movie: Betsy Devine speaking at Wikimania yesterday

Staci Kramer reports on MyWSJ, which is a Netscape-like page layout style aggregator for RSS. Niall Kennedy has some technical details. Screen shot

Doc Searls is taking live notes in OPML for Dan Gillmor’s citizen journalism conference. You can find the HTML renderings here. It’s also available in HTML for those who can’t easily browse OPML. 

Mike Kowalchik’s report on our meetup, podcast and dinner in Cambridge last night. This morning I’m at the Ambassador Club at Logan waiting to fly back to the Bay Area. Great time on the east coast now let’s switch back to Pacific time!  

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marcelo Lopez on August 7, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you, to whomever decided to update the rss.xml file ( un-regenerated since 7/14/2006 ).


  2. The thing about Leopard is that it won’t ship until next spring. About the same time as Microsoft Vista.

    2. Mac Pro desktops have 2X the performance for the same price.

    3. New versions of Xserve also. 5X performance of PowerPC versions.

    4. Lowered pricing on 23″ and 30″ Cinema Displays $999, and $1999.


  3. 5. The Dashcode widget creator looks interesting for creating Podcast, Photocast, and RSS widgets.


  4. Posted by Paul Roberts on August 7, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    There was actually a lot of interesting stuff previewed for Leopard, in addition to some powerful Macs, but Jobs said a lot of Leopard was still ‘top secret,’ so they haven’t totally let the cat out of the bag so to speak. He also said there would be more announcements in the coming weeks (probably all that iPod and iTunes stuff that everyone has been talking about, but not relevant to this conference). You can view the video of the key note at .

    But I’m sure the post-conference analysis from the blogoshphere and the first developer impressions of the dev release will be more interesting in the days to come.


  5. Posted by Allan Smith on August 7, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    Time Machine looks great; an automated backup combined with system restore, with a nice UI. If it works.

    Spaces (multiple desktops) will also be useful.


  6. Posted by Marcelo Lopez on August 8, 2006 at 5:42 am

    “Desktop Manager” has been around since 10.3, sure, it’s not as pretty as Spaces, but it gets the job done, and it works fine under Tiger. Can’t complain there.


  7. Posted by Allan Smith on August 8, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Yes, there have been lots of operating systems with virtual desktops over the years, and third-party solutions for OS X (and Windows); I’ve been surprised Apple hasn’t included it in the basic OS until now. Be, the operating system many thought would be the basis of Apple’s OS9 replacement rather than NEXT, included it many years ago, and Unix (and Linux) X-Window users are familiar with it.

    Another nice (but not new) feature will be the remote desktop sharing in Leopard, built into iChat. That’s also been available for many years with Timbuktu and Remote Desktop on the Mac and in Windows XP Pro as well.


  8. Posted by heavyboots on August 8, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    Well, I’m a little biased since I’m a Mac IT monkey, but Time Machine makes me drooool!

    Watch the keynote (and try and ignore the stupid M$ smack talk) and you’ll see some pretty sweet features. I think it starts about 30 minutes in. As well as Time Machine, iChat theater actually has some possibility and the new Mail features seem to be aimed almost directly at the Getting Things Done system.


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