Saturday, September 27, 2003

Brave new Finder...

An editorial response to yesterday's post "Welcome to interface country".

As I mentioned yesterday, new rumors suggest Apple will be tweaking Panther's new brushed metal Finder over the next year or so to look "darker" and "smoother". Hopefully this will give a slightly more distinctive look to Finder windows, which currently look just like the windows in any other iApp.

Now some people really (really) don't like brushed metal. Other people just don't think metal belongs in the Finder. Either way (although the latter of the two generally makes far more rational arguments), these people - and you might be one of them - are worried about what this brave new Finder will be like.

Relax folks, it isn't that bad.

I've been using Panther since late-June (it's an earlier seed, version 7A202), and I'm completely used to it now. Jaguar feels "different", not Panther. And I don't have a problem with the Finder.

In all fairness, I'm not anti-metal. I think it looks good in a lot of applications, particularly the iApps. That said, I did have some reservations about a metal Finder. It seemed a little bold. But it isn't that bad. And you get used to it.

In fact, overall the Finder has improved. The window layout makes moving around your volumes, directories, and documents generally faster than it was before. Having navigational controls in their own little section in the left part of the window works very well (although you can place folder up top if you want to).

Of course, if you really just hate this new Finder with a passion (at least I tried to help) you can always simply change its theme with an application like Duality.

And really, why are we complaining when we have colorful labels again?!

Thoughts? Email me at

Friday, September 26, 2003

Welcome to interface country...

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is working on some final interface tweaks for Panther, and that the brushed metal Finder (really, it isn't as bad as it sounds!) will most likely undergo revisions to look "darker" and "smoother" (with a more robust aroma and flavor) in the next year.

Speaking of the brushed metal Finder, I'll be posting my opinion on this topic of great debate tomorrow (I want to watch The Naked Gun tonight). I'll also touch base on rumors of a new Apple logo (see Mac Rumors Page 2 for details) that actually looks cool (not that it's that hard to top a plain grey Apple).

From the Files of Police Squad!

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Dell copying Apple? No way!

Here's one for the always getting bigger "PCs copying Apple in the most shameless and blatantly obvious ways" book.

Dell has - as expected - announced not just their own mp3 player, but their own music store.

You want to hear their names?
The "Digital Jukebox" ("DJ", get it?)
and the "Apple Music Store".

Correction: It's called the "Apple Rip Off Music Store"

So, coming this holiday season PC users will be able to download songs from an indeterminate-sized collection for a yet-to-be-decided price. And guess what? The details of the fantastic "Dell Music Store" haven't been announced, either!

And here's a pic of this wonderful new "Dell DJ".

Why yes, it does look like a hideous iPod reject.

Boy, this should be interesting...

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

"My Powerbook's sprung a leak!"

Since the release of the Powermac G5, the hot question on many Mac users minds has been "So what?! I want a Powerbook G5!"

Okay, so it's more of a demand than a question, but it's been in people's minds just the same. Here's the thing, Apple's been super-mysterious vague about any G5 Powerbook plans. True, Apple rarely reveals its plans ahead of time - especially with hardware - but even Steve Jobs has been telling the press about how uncertain Powerbook G5 development is.

The big obstacle in moving the G5 into a Powerbook is heat. Yes, IBM could probably churn out slower, cooler 970s, but that's only part of the problem. The G5 has to have an entire system built around it, and that's what winds up generating a lot of heat. Apple's Industrial Design team (led by Jonathan "Jobsy" Ive) has undoubtedly been putting a lot of effort into solving the heat problem, and according to this AppleInsider rumor they're currently looking into Liquid Cooling (say bye bye to one inch thick laptops!).

Two words of caution here:
1. This is a rumor.
2. If it's true, then it's probably just a prototype system Apple's toying around with (like all the amazing stuff in this book about the work of the Industrial Design Team).

Again, the two words are: rumor and prototype (brought to you by the letter H and the number 3).

Unless Apple has found a breakthrough in liquid cooling that allows it to be smaller and less expensive, odds are this is something we'll never see.

And for those of you who are considering waiting for the G5's arrival to buy a Powerbook, just be forewarned that Steve Jobs himself thinks that the end of 2004 is the earliest we'll see these 64-bit portables.

Personally, I'm scrapping together the cash for a 12" Powerbook. It might still be a G4, and it might still not have L3 cache, but...
Well, I'm buying one anyway.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Off topic...

Well, the 55th Emmys have wrapped up and just wanted to add a comment (and why not? It's my blog).

Congrats to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for winning two Emmys! If you don't watch TDS, you should. It's one of the best shows on TV these days. It's great to finally see TDS get the recognition it deserves.

If I had a TiVo, I would've TiVo'd it.