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Friday, October 13, 2006
Mac: Apple invented Evangelism, Microsoft Refined and Perfected It

"Good artists copy, great artists steal." - S.Jobs

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Mac: What is Carbon?

Let's set the record straight: What is Carbon?

Carbon is not a compatibility layer.

Carbon is a re-imagining of the MacOS toolbox. The architects of Carbon had the following technologies to draw from, analyze and improve upon: NeXTSTEP, WIN32 and the Mac OS toolbox.

What they did is systematically take all the functionality from the original MacOS toolbox and wrap it in opaque C89 wrappers. They added const qualifiers. They eliminated the ability access OS structures directly and created accessor functions for the parts that should be private.

They modernized the MacOS toolbox.

And, they took some of the good parts of WIN32 and improved upon them.

In short, they built and delivered a toolbox that enables really big companies like Adobe and Microsoft, who make some of the most popular, useful and widely used software products in the world, to port their software to Mac OS X. If you don't understand that this was one of the most important jobs on the OSX todo list, you're just an ostrich with your head in the sand.

If you eavesdrop civilian computer users, the most common terms in their computer vocabulary are "Microsoft Word", oft shortened to "Word" and "Photoshop". You can add "iPod" to that list, but definitely not Cocoa, or any Cocoa software product. Without Word and Photoshop there is no way that Macintosh marketshare will hit 10%, let alone 30 or 40, or god forbid 60.

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Mac: PowerPC is dead, long live POWERPC!

Since here we're in the business of getting to the bottom of things rather than basking in the haze of the reality distortion field surrounding Cupertino, let's be sure we understand why Mac developers are now "eating crow" and fussing over endian issues on Intel chips.

The first reason is that Steve Jobs is going to do everything he did at NeXT over again, at Apple. It's like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Do it over and over until you get it right. We had FAT binaries in OpenStep (040,PARISC,Sparc,x86), we have FAT binaries (ppc,ppc64,x86,x86-64) in OSX. We even had FAT binaries in Windows NT (Alpha,x86,MIPS,PowerPC).

The second is that Motorola and IBM turned out to be lousy partners in the race for high performance. And once Intel realized that AMD was eating it's lunch using chips that used about half the power, they essentially kicked Motorola in the nuts. Inadvertently crushing the G4 in the process. Intel didn't mean to crush Motorola, they were just gunning for AMD.

IBM, on the other hand, (it is obvious now) was looking for POWER partners who would ship large volumes of chips, but wait just a minute - as long as those chips were not going to endanger IBM's high-end workstation and mainframe business.

Virginia Tech's G5 supercomputer. Great for Apple. Great for POWER. Really, really bad for IBM's mainframe and supercomputer business. Think about it. Instead, IBM went out and courted Microsoft's XBox business while sitting on their hands in the G5 arena. This is a sound business strategy for IBM and I wish them success with it.

Apple, on the other hand, can now plunder and endanger IBM's supercomputer and workstation business at will, using chips from AMD, Intel, Motorola and IBM. They are sitting pretty.

I don't believe the hype surrounding CoreDuo etc. These are just chips with big on-chip cache. A big on-chip cache makes everything seem to run faster. But the CoreDuo is a lousy multi-tasker. Get too many tasks running at once and you can't even play a song in iTunes without big gaps. Not so on G5 or G4 - both these chips are svelte multi-taskers. I can load up my G4 laptop with tasks and iTunes never, ever drops a frame of audio. It works the way it is supposed to. On MacIntel, just starting an XCode compile is enough to choke the machine to a stuttering K-K-K-Ken.

I also suspect that Apple has tweaked the tasking/thread priorities for MacIntel to make it seem like the boxes are faster than they are. Later, after everybody has calmed down, Tiger on x86 can be retuned to make it run smoothly, if not more slowly.

Sooner or later, everyone will realize, RISC and unix are the future of everything. Naturally, since you're a Machead and owned a G5 for a couple of years, you think that you understand IBM. Listen, if you haven't read Fortress Rochester, you have no idea what IBM is up to, what their strengths are, and why they are anything but a dinosaur.

IBM is the reason we have at least one 64-bit ABI on OSX, not Apple. I mean, the MacProXeon boxes are here but there is no x86-64 ABI. I guess the scientific community doesn't get the "just a recompile" treatment.

Tags: apple | cocoa | carbon
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Thursday, October 12, 2006
Mac: Look Ma, No Hands!

Don't look now, but iPhoto has no Services menu. Either the developer accidentally hit delete when his hand cramped up after redrawing all those pesky IB connections, or ... what?
[servicesMenu needsDisplay:YES inAllApplications:YES&YES consistentlyAndUniformly:YES|YES|YES];

if ([[NSApp sharedInstance] hasNoServicesMenu])
[[[Cocoa sharedInstance] pasteBoard] basicallyRehashOfSystem6EraTechnologyWithNothingNewToOffer ];
/* note to self: time to move Petzold's programming Windows from the wishlist to the shopping cart */

Did Steve Jobs say that porting to Intel was just a recompile? Oooooh, I thought he said WinTel.

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Mac: Interface Builder is as Radical and Advanced Now...

Microsoft is a key player in the videogame industry, a "culture" which is rapidly informing and displacing the culture of feature films.

Tags: apple | cocoa | carbon
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Mac: Cocoa is Better. Because I said so.

Tags: apple | cocoa | carbon
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