The Core Dump

The Core Dump is the personal blog of Nic Lindh, a Swedish-American pixel-pusher living in Phoenix, Arizona.

[By Nic Lindh on Saturday, 25 October 2003]

First Panther impressions

Some quick Panther impressions to take us all into the weekend… All in all, a really solid upgrade; the “wow” factor isn’t as high as it was with Jaguar, even though in retrospect, most of that was Quartz Extreme, I think. With Jaguar or Panther, the oozing slickness you get on a machine that is QE capable is simply stunning. Slapping a transparent window around over a playing DVD without any kind of stutter and the CPU meter not even noticing it is still awesome, and great fun for the Nerd On a Budget™. The improvements in Panther are mostly buried a little bit deeper, but are just as profound as the ones in Jaguar.

My favorites at this point:

1) FileVault. For the security conscious (which should be everybody), FileVault gives your home directory AES-128 encryption. For laptop users, this is a godsend–if somebody rips off your machine, they can’t get into your data. Computers are cheap. Replacing all your credit cards and changing all your passwords are not. Worth it for that point alone. It should be noted here that I’m not enough of a cypherpunk to know how long it would take to break AES-128. Like anything else on a computer, it’s doable, but the question is, how much time and effort does it take? The crackhead who ripped off your machine is most likely to just wipe the drive and sell it to the first shady character who comes along, but your data will be safe.

2) Threaded discussions in Mail. This makes my nipples so hard. Finally…

3) XCode. Project Builder was a pretty good IDE. Not great, but workable. XCode kicks it up several notches.

4) Fast User Switching. Makes it non-painful to create different accounts on a machine and actually use them. Having your entire workspace obliterated just so somebody can log on for two minutes and check their email used to blow. No more. A cool Windows feature brought over.

5) General user interface tweaks. Less pinstriping, more cleanliness. Lovable.

6) Keyboard application switching grows up. I tried to explain keyboard application switching to some students in my class using 10.2, and it just didn’t take at all. When we get 10.3 in the laboratory, it will blow their minds. One teensy-tiny complaint is that I would like to be able to scroll through each application’s open windows. Please put that one in the list for 10.4.

7) Exposé. Yes, it’s pretty cool. I still would like to see a real desktop pager, though, as I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t like to clutter his desktop with open windows. If you’re in the habit of hiding non-active windows, Exposé just doesn’t do all that much for you. But the effect is to die for.

One thing that unfortunately still sucks is the Finder. Can somebody please take this thing out and shoot it? “Rewritten from scratch.” Uh-huh. Stutter, rainbow cursor, stutter. Finder copies taking 80% of CPU. WTF? No wonder I’m spending more and more time in the Terminal. The Finder, still the number one dog of the litter.

You have thoughts? I’m @niclindh on Twitter and I want to know what you think.


Enjoy the latest posts!

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Feline Follies Presents: The Uninvited

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Thursday, 02 July, 2020

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

―James Baldwin

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Book roundup, part 30

Back once again with the sci-fi and general calamity. Includes The End is Always Near, Eat the Apple, A Memory Called Empire, Gideon the Ninth, Infinite Detail, Permafrost, Fallen, and The October Man.

Monday, 20 January, 2020

The master’s tools will never be used to dismantle the master’s house.

Audre Lorde

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Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

―Grey’s Law

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Impressions moving from an Apple Watch Series 3 to Series 5

Is there reason to upgrade from a 3 to a 5?

Friday, 27 September, 2019

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

—Dwight Eisenhower

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Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.

―Marcus Aurelius

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Die in a ditch

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Tuesday, 13 August, 2019

The big thieves hang the little ones.

―Czech Proverb

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Book roundup, part 29

A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

―Kenneth Galbraith

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Book roundup, part 28

Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.

Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Las Vegas trip report

Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?

Monday, 31 December, 2018

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

Friday, 19 October, 2018

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.

—George Orwell

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“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Sunday, 02 September, 2018

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Friday, 03 August, 2018

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

Friday, 29 June, 2018

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