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Dashboard vs. Konfabulator

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April 13, 2005 10:40 PM PST

Original Dashboard???
I read an interesting (but long) post on Daring Fireball comparing Apples's new Dashboard to Konfabulator. I say interesting because he first defends the dashboard as a logical extension of the original desktop accessories in the 81' Mac,

and second because he comes up with multiple reasons why it is ok for Apple to ‘do’ something (he doesn’t come out and say ‘copy') that has already been done by a 3rd party developer, especially if it is a better implementation. This is an interesting perspective from an Apple fan, considering that Apple threatens to sue nearly anyone who attempts to copy one of their features – remember the expose’ clone (winExpose) a couple years ago, and recently several aqua style dockbars the most recent being Yz Dock. At anyrate this 'active' widget concept has been around for awhile. Also take a look at Desktop Sidebar which itself looks suspiciously like the sidebar in the original longhorn preview release.
I read something else that I found amusing; this article on the Tiger release quotes Job's as saying "Tiger’s groundbreaking new features like Spotlight and Dashboard will change the way people use their computers, and drive our competitors nuts trying to copy them." So apparently in addition to dashboard widgets, Apple also invented desktop search. I'm sure competitors like Google, Yahoo and MSN are wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
While I'm on the topic of OSX Tiger (which actually looks pretty cool BTW, despite my rantings), The blogsphere has started to heat up with people complaining about the fact that Apple is not offering a discount to the Mac Mini early adopters. I'm with J on this one, how can they be surprised? I expect the next mini 'storm' to hit the net after Tiger ships when those disgruntled mini owners who DO pony up the $130.00 find out that the sexy core image UI enhancements won't work on their hardware.

Comments (8)
Paul, April 13, 2005 10:48 PM:

I still think it's silly that people go out and buy a mini and expect to upgrade it. It's a $500 computer... disposable. And of course the graphic goodness won't be there for the same reason.

I also think that Tiger is more than an upgrade. Going 64 bit is more than a simple thing, not to mention all the other new features. Apple really screwed themselves with the whole "X" thing. Are they going to go to "11" next? Or "XI"? So now they are in a position to have to call major releases 10.3, 10.4, etc, so the perceived value is less.

Will Windows XP 64 bit be a free upgrade for XP users?

John, April 13, 2005 11:05 PM:

For starters they are not messaging the 64 bit thing at all. It is buried on a back page of their site:
I guess the is probably due to the non-technical nature of their market base. I'm curious to know how they implemented their 32bit / 64bit compatibility, now that I'm familiar with Wow64 in the Windows world. They did take a different approach than MS though by using fat binaries.
I agree with the "X" thing. I always hear people talking about having to pay $130 for a 'point' release. Not all of these 'point' releases have had equal value.
Good question on XP 64. I've been trying to find the answer to that myself. Don't laugh, MS is a big place, and most of the time I learn things from the outside before I hear about them internally.

Paul, April 13, 2005 11:12 PM:

But reasonably, I'd expect to pay something for 64-bit XP... that's not a small amount of work with all the compatibility testing, etc.

Paul, April 14, 2005 12:03 PM:

I'm not sure if this site covers the 32/64 bit issues, but KernelThread has a bunch of cool Mac OS X programming articles.

The author of KernelThread is also writing an interesting book, it looks like.

George, April 14, 2005 11:58 PM:

No real sympathy from me for the pre-April 12th buyers. The value decision is made at the time of purchase. The release of a new s/w version doesn't make an existing system less functional so the original vaulue proposition hasn't changed.

John, April 15, 2005 09:49 AM:

Yeah, but almost everywhere people were publicly hoping (wishful thinking) that since the mini launch was so close to tiger's release, Apple would cut them a deal. Oh well. It's the same all over.

J, April 16, 2005 08:23 PM:

Mac OS X Liger -

Paul, April 16, 2005 08:39 PM:


I bought Napoleon Dynamite today... couldn't resist any further. Next up is "The Office" series.

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