Originally Posted by Louzer
Must be nice to live in the world where anything that's put out must be a knock-off of an Apple feature.
They all followed grep, but until VERY recently only Apple has made it useable.
Oh, that's right, its not stealing anything from Konfabulator, even though it works and looks basically JUST LIKE IT! Its "let's go back as far as possible and see what we can compare Dashboard to that Apple has done". Fine, you want to say its an extension of Desk Accessories (a System 1 thing, not a system 6 thing), I can go with that. But then how is rehashing something that was done in the 80's an 'earth-shattering' advance. And technically not as good in one sense, because, without hacking the OS, you can't see the stuff on the calculator after you're finished with it.
This is old hash. Konfabulator was a way to bring back desk accessories. It didn't take off in Mac land because it was so damn hard to make widgets and was a resource hog of famous repute. Like just about everything Apple has done, they took the existing state of the art and mad it useable for the masses, or in this case re-introduced the desk accessories with a twist that resembled Konfabulators. Apple is quite on record as saying they won't step into the space of well designed third party apps, but crappy apps that users want done right they will step in if the delay is too long. The list of Apple projects there is very long, no apologies since what went before didn't measure up.
It may not need to be popular, but its got to have some kind of legs. What are the Core technologies? A set of libraries or frameworks you can use within your program to perform certain tasks. What does it mean? Well, in essence, if someone is developing a multimedia app, they can use these frameworks rather than buying someone else's frameworks or coding your own.
If you are a developer these are big. If you're not you have no reason to ever be aware of them. Don't hate on what you have no need to understand. It just exposes your ignorance of what constitutes a powerful technology.
I don't see that. Based on what I've read and heard (which could be all wrong), TimeMachine requires a second hard drive (external) of at least the same size as your internal, and it only can back up then entire drive, not individual folders. The versioning is interesting, but that doesn't outweigh the fact that most users don't have, nor will they buy, an external hard drive (they want to back up to CD or DVD, an option Apple only offers with .Mac). And most people with external hard drives probably already have backup systems in place that offer better security and restoration.
You are all wrong. Time machine can be configured down to the individual file level. As to why don't users have external drives for backup already? The current solutions are written for sysadmins, not grandmas. Now ther will be a larger market for external drives because EVERYONE can do SIMPLE backups. Telling mom and pop that they can plug and play the backup and not loose the digital pictures of junior is huge. Right now every solution is just too much of a pain in the ass. Again Apple didn't invent it, just made it accessible to regular users, that alone is earth-shattering
BTW, did you notice how the animation TimeMachine uses is a lot like the animation Windows Vista uses for stacking their windows? Apparently copying works both ways....
And the Windows examples don't look like various file organization research demo videos that have been released over the last 5-7 years? Getting the big boys to buy in is the whole purpose of the research, and that research tends to show certain metaphors work well for certain classes of tasks. Two companies independently using a publicly published metaphor isn't copying, it is following the whole damn reason for research in the first place.