Not too sure what to put this clusterfuck of a post under so I’ll chuck it under ‘Personal’ given that it is a bit of a grab bag of different topics. Recently I uploaded a video on YouTube regarding Islam, specifically the video ‘Mind your own business’ when viewed within the context of Dalia Mogahed claim that part of the problem with the Muslim world is the ‘crisis of authority’ within Islam itself ( link ).
My diet is going well – almost two weeks and it is gradually paying off. Keeping the calorie intake between 1800-2000 per day and walking home from work each night has resulted in my pants and shirts getting looser so so hopefully within 6 or so months I’ll close to my target.
Reading through the Mountain Lion ‘reviews’ that have been uploaded I can’t help but feel that people are ignoring the reality of software development – that today’s operating systems (I’d argue for the last 10 years this view is held constant) are not giant leaps forward but step by step progression. As a poster pointed out on Arstechnica, until there is a brand new piece of technology that overturns how everything operates the best one can expect is a tweaking and streamlining existing technologies to work more coherently. For me I’d prefer to see step by step progression rather than the ‘break neck dash for the finish line’ that traditional desktop operating systems have been taking – pushing out a new version every 18months to 2 years with attempts to cram as many ‘features’ and tick as many boxes to win the ‘feature war’. At this point the biggest problem for many users, including myself, is for vendors to focus on getting the basics right – fix up bugs in a timely manner, create security subsystems that keep my private data private and secure, to have consistency throughout the operating system when it comes to the user interface and terminology used, and to focus on getting things to ‘just work’ as they should.
The interesting question, however, has been whether moving to a yearly model will point to free operating system upgrades in much the same way that iOS devices receive free upgrades. If such a model is put in place that it explains the 30% cut where by the developers who go through the AppStore in part pay for the development of Mac OS X but that raises a bigger question whether developers are going to be listened to more closely as a result. The move to a yearly model might also point to another interesting side effect – a more stable release product that hits the web as new features are only merged into the main once they’re as stable as can be and complete rather than “lets merge it now and sort the chaos out later”. Regular upgrades combined with regular updates and that’ll leave me as happy as larry. As for Windows 8 – each time I look over I’m happy that I made the choice to be a ‘Mac fanboy’ given the clusterfuck of an operating system it has become – its like watching ‘The Simpsons’ episode with Homer designing his own car – 30 years of random crap thrown at a problem with ‘hope springs eternal’ that’ll all work together in some sort of coherent manner.
Edit: Forgot to mention – all the screenshots of ‘Mountain Lion in action’ all seem to be showing off an updated version of Pages/Keynote/Numbers which leads me to believe with a strong hint of certainty that when ‘Mountain Lion’ is released that we’ll be seeing a refresh of Pages/Keynote/Numbers and possibly even a revamp of the iLife applications within a few months of its release as well. I love Pages/Keynote/Numbers now but when you start pushing it when it comes to large and complex documents things start to get a little slow so hopefully with ‘Mountain Lion’ it’ll hint at under the hood and user visible improvements when it is released.