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Longhorn, OSX and the user experience


"The goal had been to change the way files relate to one another, so that users could quickly find documents, e-mail, and photos that have some connection to one another."

Truly an ambitious underataking.  I'm borrowing a Mac w/Panther OSX to evaulate it for a week with the (previous) intention to buy it.  Now I'm not so sure.

*Still* I cannot get the damn thing to accept a 128 bit WEP key.  The current owner is going to see if he can get it to behave.

Y'know what, Linux isn't so hard.  It's just what you get used to.  All these invisible paradigms working to make your life easier...  pah.  When it doesn't work, it creates a major pain in the behind.

Trying to secure a computer that thinks its smarter than you are is like learning psychiatry. 

"And how did you feel about that?"  I didn't become an engineer so I could get in touch with my computer's feelings.  BTW:  My favorite part of 2001 was when Bowman pulled the plug on that ego crazed HAL machine.  I still choked up over it.

Friday, April 9, 2004

O, that should be hoser.  Misspelt from the last time I wanted to incite a riot here but didn't want my REAL NAME attached.

Friday, April 9, 2004

They're releasing a new version of the OS that comes with a new version of Media Player?  Does that really count as a new OS version?

This illustrates one of the superior characteristics of Linux development.  Say what you will about the pluses and minuses of the final product; they feel no need to release new versions just so they can charge customers again at regular intervals.

name withheld out of cowardice
Friday, April 9, 2004

I get such a kick out of the whole Blackcomb thing.  Coined from the pair of mountains that make up the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort in Canada, the two were supposed to be released in tandem about two years apart.  Windows XP was Whistler.  Now you've got Longhorn inbetween and Blackcomb is a mere pipe dream to be released at the end of the decade.  So much for grand release party plans on the slopes of the resort.

Friday, April 9, 2004

Do you live in a city that has an Apple store? They have the 'genius bar' staffed by very knowledgable mac gurus who would be able to sort it out, I'm sure.

Interaction Architect
Friday, April 9, 2004

I can't believe that you still can't get it to work. It's typically a one shot, five second operation. Type it in and go.

You never mentioned which version of OS X you are using. Since this was such a major release, the sub versions have added, enhanced, and changed a lot of things and maybe the answers that you are not working because you are using an older versions than the answers people are sending apply to.

Are you entering the pass-phrase or the binary key?


Friday, April 9, 2004

But if you've been up to Whistler, you'll notice that there's a bar called "Longhorn" down at the base, in between the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  I think the name's kinda cool.  Though I agree with you about the schedule...

Michael Kale
Friday, April 9, 2004

Binary key.

Interestingly, there are times when typing the binary key in without a prefix, works fine.  There are other documents out there that imply that either $ or 0x is required.

What is wrong with specifying on the dialog box that you're typing into the EXPLICIT requirements?  Izzat so hard?  My computer doesn't understand me... sob.  We never go out any more...

Friday, April 9, 2004

Funny that you should mention that Michael - it's where they're having the RTM party... Ummm two years early?

Friday, April 9, 2004

(I don't know OSX at all well so don't read too much into this but...) I agree with you Hoser, OSX is far too up itself.

It does its utmost to prevent me from using Finder to copy files into certain directories (of mine) in the underlying Unix file system.

I tricked it in the end though.

Slough Bloke
Monday, April 12, 2004

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