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Posts from — June 2008

Solving the mystery of Snow Leopard’s shrinking apps

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In response to a report earlier this week pointing out that many of the applications in early builds of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard are dramatically smaller in size, a number of developers have weighed in to explain where all those missing megabytes went.

One reader noted that the extra heft in Leopard’s apps does indeed come from localization files, which are used to distill all of the text strings and other variables that differ between languages. Depending on the language preference set by the user, the operating system accesses the desired language files and uses them in conjunction with the common application code to simplify developers’ work to deploy their apps to worldwide markets.

Continues: Solving the mystery of Snow Leopard’s shrinking apps

June 29, 2008   7 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 6: Apple is Out of Ideas!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The sixth myth of Snow Leopard:

Snow Leopard indicates Apple is out of ideas for new applications and features.

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June 27, 2008   41 Comments

Details emerge of iPhone 3G international launch

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Steve Jobs announced at WWDC that the new iPhone 3G would launch simultaneously in 22 countries on July 11 and expand to at least 70 countries by the end of 2008. What wasn’t revealed was the unit and service pricing details for mobile carriers outside of AT&T in the US. Jobs also didn’t brag up the hardball plan deals he forced upon carriers or his efforts to recreate a spectacular launch event internationally.
Continues: Details emerge of iPhone 3G international launch

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June 26, 2008   7 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 5: No Carbon!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The fifth myth of Snow Leopard:

Apple is killing Carbon so all apps will be Cocoa only.

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June 24, 2008   6 Comments

Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple is marketing the idea of there being “no new features” for Snow Leopard and instead promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood, thanks to a diligent code optimization and refactoring cycle discussed in the previous article. At the same time, there are plenty of significant new features coming in Snow Leopard to look forward to. Here are ten big new features (plus a few minor ones) that you probably haven’t heard much about from anywhere else, including my previous articles on the subject that already described QuickTime X, Grand Central, and OpenCL.

WWDC 2008: New in Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard Server Takes on Exchange, SharePoint

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June 23, 2008   76 Comments

RoughlyDrafted Goes to Europe

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Daniel Eran Dilger
I’m headed to Spain, Switzerland, and some other places yet to be determined over the next four weeks as I backpack around across the pond. I’ve written a few articles that I’ll publish over the next week, including the promised “Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard” and more Myths of Snow Leopard. I’ll be doing my best to relax, but will likely not be able to completely pull myself away from writing. However, if you’d like to guest write an article for RDM to fill the vacuum, be sure to email me.

You can also track me at Twitter / DanielEran if you’ve been bitten by an addiction to tweets. And if you live in or near Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, or Basel and want to show me the best place in town to get a beer, let me know! I still have a week open in my itinerary, so you can also offer some suggestions of places to check out as I travel around. It was fun meeting a number of different readers during WWDC here in San Francisco, and it’s always cool to meet up with locals when I’m on the road.

I’m also planning to publish a travel-related journal of my experiences in carrying a MacBook Pro and iPhone around the old continent. The last couple times I went traveling I used paper or a Palm Pilot to record things and couldn’t use my Sprint or Verizon mobile phones in Europe or Asia at all. I’ll try to track down how well Apple’s gear performs internationally, and try using .Mac and iTunes from abroad as well.

And finally, if you’ve been trying to listen to my podcast and keep getting broken links, I’m afraid all I can do a the moment is offer an apology as I haven’t had the time to sort that out yet. I do plan to fix that and get back into audio publishing when I return, so hang in a bit longer.

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June 21, 2008   26 Comments

Apple’s other open secret: the LLVM Complier

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SproutCore, profiled earlier this week, isn’t the only big news spill out from the top secret WWDC conference due to Apple’s embrace of open source sharing. Another future technology featured by the Mac maker last week was LLVM, the Low Level Virtual Machine compiler infrastructure project.
Like SproutCore, LLVM is neither new nor secret, but both have been hiding from attention due to a thick layer of complexity that has obscured their future potential.

Continues: Apple’s other open secret: the LLVM Complier

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June 20, 2008   2 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 4: Exchange is the Only New Feature!

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The fourth myth of Snow Leopard:

Snow Leopard’s only significant new feature will be Exchange Server support.

This myth has been invented by Apple itself, apparently to simplify its marketing. The company seemed quite pleased with its concept of Snow Leopard being a tight code refactoring that focuses on engineering fundamentals rather than marketing-driven bullet points. However, Apple can’t help itself but add in a lot more than it is currently advertising.

That’s good news for anyone who has no need for Exchange support and is worried that Snow Leopard won’t offer anything else but a series of bug fixes. Prior to considering some of the new technologies in Snow Leopard, this article will consider why Apple is hyping the idea of “no new features” and promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood.

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June 20, 2008   17 Comments

MacBreak Weekly 94: SproutCore

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Leo Laporte invited me to join online luminaries Andy Ihnatko, Chris Breen and Scott Bourne to talk about the SproutCore web application framework, MobileMe, iPhone 3G data plans, Steve Jobs’ health, and more on this week’s MacBreak Weekly podcast.

MacBreak Weekly 94: SproutCore

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June 19, 2008   2 Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 3: Mac Sidelined for iPhone

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The third myth of Snow Leopard:

Apple is de-emphasizing the Mac as it centers its attention on the iPhone.

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June 19, 2008   14 Comments

The Street: Steve Jobs Health Fears Key to Our Stock Manipulation Game

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Daniel Eran Dilger
The Street’s Jim Cramer, looking close to imminent death as colleague Farnoosh Torabi watched in concerned horror, recently talked about Steve Jobs’ health in the context of Apple’s future viability as a company. Torabi set up a clever stock manipulation scam conversation with Cramer entitled, “Without Steve Jobs, There is No Apple,” where she introduced her boss by insisting that the iPhone 3G introduction was overshadowed by worries about Jobs’ lack of obesity. “Most of the attention right now is going on the health of the founder and the CEO of Apple!” she intoned.

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June 18, 2008   29 Comments

SproutCore Mailroom Managing Obama’s Presidential Campaign

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In response to my articles outlining the potential of the SproutCore framework in developing a new type of desktop class web applications, a number of critics have attacked the technology based on poking at some simple demos on the web from odd versions of Internet Explorer or the Camino browser. That forces me to point out that not only has Apple been using SproutCore to drive the slick .Mac Web Gallery for several months, but SproutIt has been using the framework in production in Mailroom, which has been used to manage email for the Obama 2008 presidential campaign.

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June 17, 2008   6 Comments

Talking about SproutCore on TalkingHeadTV

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Daniel Eran Dilger
I did an interview with Justin Young of TalkingHeadTV.com, where we talked about what SproutCore does and how it relates to Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight. Here’s the YouTube links:

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June 17, 2008   No Comments

Myths of Snow Leopard 2: 32-bit Support

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple’s limited comments on Snow Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X due in about a year, have opened the playing field for rampant speculation. Here’s a look at a series of myths that have developed around the upcoming release. The second myth of Snow Leopard:

Apple is dropping support for 32-bit Intel Macs because Snow Leopard is 64-bit.

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June 17, 2008   26 Comments

Apple’s open secret: SproutCore is Cocoa for the Web

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One of the biggest revelations at WWDC was quietly unveiled in a session on Friday morning entitled “Building Native Look-and-Feel Web Applications Using SproutCore.” While Apple maintained high security during the entire NDA-sealed WWDC session, the secret of SproutCore is out because it is an open source project and people can’t stop talking about it.

Continues: Apple’s open secret: SproutCore is Cocoa for the Web

June 16, 2008   4 Comments