March 24, 2004 is the third birthday of Mac OS X, not counting betas. Ars.Technica is celebrating with a somewhat obsessive-compulsive recap of three years of OS X. Good read–relive the madness of DVD playing on 10.0! Hard to believe it’s only been three years; seems like the pinstripes have been around forever.With 10.3, Mac OS X really came in to its own–there are few obvious improvements to make at this point. But nevertheless, as the faithful eagerly await the release of 10.4, here are a couple of suggestions for said release:- Make FTP in the Finder actually work and let me upload files to servers
While you’re at it, make it do SFTP as well
The metal Finder has to go. Seriously. What the hell were you thinking?
Linux API compatibility. Let us download and compile Linux software without all the patching
Provide a mechanism to let Mail remember self-signed certs, so we don’t have to click through all the warnings every time we start Mail
More speed is always good
Don’t forget the Mac is your core market. Don’t get sidetracked too much with iTunes Music Store and the iPod. They’re cool and groovy and all that, but what we need is a great Mac experience
Make Python an officially supported scripting language. AppleScript kills kittens. Enough said
Wow, that’s a short list. But there really aren’t that many annoying glitches in 10.3, which hopefully means that the elves in Cupertino are free to work on creating exceptionally cool things…Music: Stream from Secret Agent
Posted Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.