The Failure of the Reality Distortion Field

Apple kicked off its World Wide Developer’s Conference today. Mostly it addressed what will be in the next version of their operating system. After reading the various write-ups, I’m underwhelmed. No new toys, and the only compelling feature for many people will be the automatic backups that were announced six months ago. No clarity yet on if this feature uses Sun’s ZFS file system, which would be cool. Bah! What a bummer.

Oh, yeah, the Safari browser runs on Windows. Is there some point in starting a multi-platform browser war? Why on earth do we need that? So that web developers that use Windows will have an easier time making their sites look nice on Safari? I’m on Macs and I don’t even use Safari… Maybe they’re trying to increase market share in order to not be left behind by Silverlight or whaever new ajax replacement technologies are coming along.

We didn’t get updated aluminum iMacs.

We didn’t get a true widescreen video iPod.

We got Web 2.0 apps for iPhone. What crap. Everybody already knew you could see the web on the iPhone. The security excuse rings hollow. I run third party apps on my Mac and I don’t have a security issue. Is this device running OS X or not?

No high def video for the iTunes Store.

No swarming download capability built in to Leopard.

You get the picture. Well, at least you get that I am a geek. Yes, I understand (as a developer) that this is a developer’s conference, but Steve usually has something amazing to show. The Leopard features are all nice, but for the most part only power users find any of them compelling, and they already have work arounds for most of them.

What happened Steve? I miss the RDF.

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61 thoughts on “The Failure of the Reality Distortion Field

  1. Safari on Windows? I’ll be interested to check it out. I’m not happy about having yet another browser to QA for websites, though.

  2. Also, no iApps. I assume they are waiting to update them for October, but that sucks too.

  3. Wow. Can’t disagree more.

    1. Safari on Windows. One big problem Mac users have are websites done by brain dead developers who don’t test Safari compatibility. That’s one excuse down the drain. Yeah there was one Webkit based browser, but frankly no one knew about it. Further for those who use Windows and OSX having Safari will be nice. (I like it better than Firefox, which is what I use on Windows) But the #1 reason to have Safari on Windows is to ensure AJAX development of iPhone applications by folks who don’t run OSX. i.e. to ensure the iPhone is cross platform.

    I do agree that for Firefox users Safari doesn’t offer a lot to lead one to switch. But it is nice to have variety and it’s definitely better than IE.

    2. AJAX Apps for the iPhone. OK, I’ll admit I was disappointed on this one. I was hoping for Cocoa goodness. However as I understand it these aren’t running under Safari but are more akin to Dashboard on the Mac. i.e. quasi-independent apps. The big question is how Google’s word processor and spreadsheet run and if they are integrated into opening mail attachments. I’ve not yet seen a satisfactory answer.

    3. FTFF I can’t believe you didn’t mention this. The Finder is fixed! It did as I’ve long advocated and took all that is good from iTunes and put it into the Finder. Add in some very innovative UI ideas for browsing files and you have a pretty compelling system. The Stacks/Dock bit looks interesting but I’m not sure how much I’ll use it in practice. If Stacks are available in regular Finder windows this could be extremely compelling. But the new rewritten Finder has me the most excited.

    The worries? SAMBA integration has been mentioned but I’ve not seen a report if browsing of Windows network shares has been fixed. This is still brain dead in Tiger. There are reports of a lot of low level network stuff being rewritten and fixed. So I’m cautiously optimistic. I also haven’t seen if the horrible 7 color choice for selections and labels have been fixed. Fingers crossed.

    But seriously. This is as big a development for the Finder as has happened. The 10.3 changes were big with the introduction of the sidebar but this is arguably much bigger and far more exciting.

    4. iChat Goodness I’m so amazingly excited about this. It really offers a lot. Nearly as much as some top end video conferencing products.

    Downsides? Interoperability still sucks. I think many would have preferred to see iChat as cross platform rather than Safari.

    5. Misc Not discussed but the ZFS integration is pretty exciting. Time Machine will be very nice for non-techies who can’t figure out rsync from the terminal. The way it will integrate to shared drives is pretty nice. Spaces looks to be nice and integrated. Although both those were previously announced. XCode 3.0 rocks and may finally make development on OSX better than Visual Studio rather than it’s ugly step-brother.

  4. Holy crap. I did not know this. From Daring Fireball:

    But the primary reason is simply money. Safari is a free download, but it’s already one of Apple’s most profitable software products.

    It’s not widely publicized, but those integrated search bars in web browser toolbars are revenue generators. When you do a Google search from Safari’s toolbar, Google pays Apple a portion of the ad revenue from the resulting page. (Ever notice the “client=safari” string in the URL query?)

    The same goes for Mozilla (and, I presume, just about every other mainstream browser.) According to this report by Ryan Naraine, for example, the Mozilla Foundation earned over $50 million in search engine ad revenue in 2005, mostly from Google.

  5. Just to add, I’ll lay really good odds that Apple with rethink native development on the iPhone. I think at this stage the issue was primarily getting a product that was behind schedule out the door. And so a SDK went on the chopping block (primarily because it was probably a moving target)

    I have to admit the more I think about it the more upset I am at this. However I think an AJAX interface to iPython would be fairly easy to write. There’s existing “terminal” code for AJAX out there.

    I’ll also say that the Vistaesque transparent menu both bugs me and makes no sense. Some have suggested this is the beginning of the end of the menu bar. I admit I have the sixth button on my Logitech mouse mapped to a utility that brings a Next-like pop up menu of the menu bar under the cursor. Very nice on large monitors – the bane of Apple’s universal menu bar.

  6. Clark,

    I thought of all those reasons for doing Safari on Windows and none of them excite me. As I mentioned in #5 (posted before I saw your #4) it seems that money is really the driving force.

    I think we agree about the 3rd party apps for iPhone thing. We already knew it had a browser. I’d love more details but this not a full app development solution. This is 60% of one. The security excuse rings hollow. Give us an SDK. I’m betting that Google is writing real apps or maybe using flash.

    I would love to play with the new finder to see if it is in fact fixed. I’m sure we’ll hear details on this as soon as tomorrow. I’m pretty used to the current finder now. It looked to me like some of the “new” ideas were taken from OS 8 & 9. Not ground breaking. I don’t envision myself using Cover Flow to look for files. Maybe, but I doubt it. I wonder if the kid they bough Cover Flow from is starting to wonder if he got ripped off. Honestly, given that this was the secret feature that they were hiding until today. Well, that just underscores how much of a letdown this keynote was.

    I’ve found iChat to be a bit of a toy, however I agree that cross platform iChat would be much more useful to me than Safari on Windows. Too bad that they didn’t give it to us.

    Visual Studio is worse than XCode because of libraries. MS C++ libs are crap. I’ll admit that I’ve never used .net.

    I agree (and I think I already stated) that Time Machine is the compelling feature of Leopard. I wonder if Sun’s spilling of the beans on ZFS last week caused the to not get stage time and to not even be mentioned. More details would be very useful.

    Personally I’m a bit excited about the 64 bit support. I’m writing software that has large data sets and eats memory like crazy. It would be fun to have, say 16 gigs of RAM to play with. But for now most people won’t notice the difference.

    I should mention that one reason this whole thing was a bit of a letdown is that the OS is delayed. When they announced the major features way back when they assumed that they’d release it in June. Now that it is pushed back three months it was hoped (at least by me) that it was mind blowing secret features that caused the delay. I honestly don’t buy the “iPhone has us too busy” excuse. Given that the secret features fell flat (to me at least) the fact that we don’t have it shipping today is more disappointing than it otherwise would be.

  7. Clark,

    What mouse do you use? I’ve been looking for a suitable bluetooth mouse for a long time now with no luck. I have the wireless mighty mouse, but I do not love it. I have to move the laptop frequently enough that wireless USB is not an ideal solution.

  8. John, having visited a few sites with screwed up css that the user won’t fix because he can’t run Safari, I have to disagree. Getting people to make Safari support better is a big deal.

    Using coverflow and the fast preview will be very sweet for PDFs in my opinion. I have a lot of papers I save to disk and I can foresee myself using this a lot. Not so much for graphics since iPhoto already does that for me.

    Visual Studio is vastly superior to XCode because debugging on XCode is a painful experience. Just entering watch variables is needlessly complex. And the lack panes is a pain as well. Everyone I know gripes about this. Of course it’s still vastly superior to the monstrosity that was Codewarrior. God probably wept at the amount of swearing CW generated from my mouth.

    I agree most people won’t notice 64 bit. The 3D graphic people are the main ones. Adobe won’t update their applications for a while, despite their probably benefitting. Custom programmers would benefit, but a lot of those folks are already using 64 bit Windows or Linux.

    Regarding mice – all my mice are wired. I keep saying I’ll get a wireless one day. But it never happens. I like the Logitech one that has all the extra buttons that I can map onto cool features. Two for the two Expose modes. (Which I use a lot) One for Dashboard. One for Dejamenu. Nice…

  9. Frankly, I’m with Clark. My family (parents in MN, one sibling+children in CA, another in DC, one in Utah, one in Mongolia, and me in Chicago) are absolutely thrilled with ichat.

    Thanks to iChat, We videoconference regularly, see our farflunk nephews and neice, and are beginning a once-monthly FHE via iChat.

    Skype’s quality is comparatively awful. Bring on the AAC leopard improvements, I say!

  10. To add, while I think Time Machine is useful I don’t find it compelling. I already have some rsync scripts to do fine grained backups.

    The Finder is what has me the most excited and I honestly can’t understand why everyone else is so humdrum about it.

  11. Clark,

    Most people don’t have the slightest idea how to set up rsync scripts. Having fine grained backups built in to the OS is a huge plus for 90% of users that have no consistent backup routine. Many asses will be saved by this both at home and at work. The new Finder will not save your ass.

    I worked for IBM for 8 years and we never had a backup solution for our group. Every year this was brought up as a need and deemed as too expensive to solve. So everyone just did whatever they did on their own. Dumb, dumb, dumb. This had consequences. Now imagine that your OS just backs stuff up. Again, I want more details, but this is looking like the feature that will make the upgrade worthwhile. That and Spaces if you are a power user.

    I actually have fond memories of CW, but it has been almost 10 years since I’ve used it.

  12. I peeked at Safari once or twice. But I’m so happy with Firefox I haven’t seen any reason to actively try another browser. Also, I don’t use Windows anymore.

    So that announcement of Safari for Windows does not mean much to me.

    I’m curious about Leopard – have we gotten the full scoop yet on the new operating system that’s supposed to come out or are they still holding information back?

  13. danithew,

    Some of Safari 3’s “innovations” are things that Firefox already does.

    The full scoop on Leopard will come out in the next few days as people with the beta start playing with it and posting on their findings. Especially their Finder findings.

  14. The one thing Safari does nicer than Firefox is better inline spell checking. That’s the #1 reason I stick with Safari.

    Danithew, a lot of people think there were some features that were dropped from the keynote at the last minute due to not being quite ready. I’m dubious if these will make it into the final version. Things widely acknowledge to at least partially be in Leopard but not really discussed or outright downplayed: resolution independent (note that the new MBP has a ultri high DPI screen as an option); ZFS; meta data control in the Finder (widely thought to be the killer feature); new iLife; new iWork with a spreadsheet; XCode reverse debugging; etc.

    Now to be fair some of these, such as resolution independence, DTrace/XCode and a few others are being discussed in panels and training sessions. But it is interesting they didn’t get more coverage by Steve.

    John, don’t get me wrong. I’m not dishing Time Machine in the least. Indeed with the new preview feature in the Finder combined with TM this is a killer feature for most people. I’m just saying that for many people already doing backups this isn’t really a reason to upgrade.

  15. Oh, regarding Codewarrior. I actually learned C on Lightspeed C which was the precursor of Codewarrior. I had the first few versions of Codewarrior as well. Initially I thought it was far more advanced than what was available on Windows. However they really let their IDE lag behind Visual Studio. Debugging simply was a pain. And don’t get me started on the headaches of developing various plug-ins with Codewarrior. Oh the horrors of doing a Director plug-in and trying to make sure the libraries were right.

  16. Nobody should be surprised there weren’t any new fancy iPods or iMacs. They usually focus on software at these things don’t they?

    I’ll echo what others have said, they need to make iChat cross platform. It’s great that Ben can communicate with his family, but how many families all have Macs? I’m the only one in my family out of four siblings and two parents.

    Other than the new finder, everything just prettified OSX some more. Not bad, but not astounding. Nothing really shook me up. One of the reasons I own a Mac, and am buying a second, is my complete love for iLife. I’m disappointed they haven’t breathed a word about it yet, especially since it usually ships in January so is 6 months late.

    I uninstalled Safari for Windows after an hour It hangs on my company’s internal site and crashed twice at two other sites. I use Camino or Firefox on my Mac, so I don’t see any reason to use Apple’s browser on my PC.

  17. Note that Safari is at this point a beta product. So installing it for use is iffy. Some have had troubles. I’ve not installed it for that reason.

  18. Clark, (referring to comment #15) you must be some kind of code god. Most of the stuff you talk about that maybe could make it into the Leopard system – well, I just don’t know what they are. But I’ll try to keep up in my reading and maybe over the next few days or weeks I’ll figure this stuff out.

  19. Note that Safari is at this point a beta product. So installing it for use is iffy. Some have had troubles. I’ve not installed it for that reason.

    Sure, I’ll give it another shot when it’s out of Beta. I just thought it was strange the Mac version didn’t have a problem, but the Windows version is a mess.

    I guess I could say the same thing about the Windows/Mac versions of iTunes though.

  20. Resolution independence means that windows, rather than being tied to a fixed DPI scale. So let’s say you have one of the new 17″ MBPs. There are two styles one with much higher resolution. With scaling windows could appear the same size but would simply be drawn with more resolution. So the same text would have more dots making it up.

    Apple’s definitely moving in this direction and has told developers to prepare but it was oddly left out of the keynote even though a lot of people thought this was going to be a big feature of Leopard. (You can actually turn on a beta version of this in Tiger but most applications don’t take good use of it so bitmaps are scaled and often not well)

    Windows actually does this to a point but Leopard was reportedly going to do this in a very extensive fashion. It was rumored that this was going to be one of the big features of iLife along with integrated Time Machine backups. (i.e. you could peruse past versions of files from within an application rather than from the Finder/Time Machine)

    Anyway if they get it out, resolution independence would have been the #1 reason to be excited about Leopard. Since it didn’t get mentioned either developers aren’t really far enough along to take advantage of it or else it’s been harder to get working in the OS than expected.

    ZFS is a new file system thats far more robust and allows you to easily and seemlessly create a virtual hard drive made up of several hard drives. It has a lot of other features although for regular users those wouldn’t be that big a deal. It’s also much faster than HFS+ for some applications. (Primarily servers which is why many think this is more about OSX Server than Leopard proper)

    Meta-data is basically like all those “fields” in iTunes that let you store information about songs. (Things like beats per minute, composer, and so forth) It’s little known but HFS lets you store arbitrary tags with any file and then search for them with Spotlight. However there’s no real UI for this. A lot of people thought the Finder would offer a way to create custom tags, easily add data to files in these tags, and then easily search or sort based on them. This wasn’t discussed and it may well be that there will be no UI for this. (Although individual applications like iPhoto may do this)

    It’s unfortunate as this was a feature of BeOS years ago that was highly praised and Apple hired the programmer who did this for BeOS to fix HFS. All that’s been missing is an easy to use interface.

  21. Regarding Safari Win. It appears to depend upon what you have on your system. There are some incompatibilities. There are also some security issues with using Safari at this point so it’s probably not wise to use it as your primary browser anyway.

  22. I’ve known from day one that the google search bar generates revenue for Apple, which is why I always use it to initiate searches.

    However, let’s be realistic: the amount of revenue Apple might generate per month (postulated at $2 million a month) would be like selling an additional 5,700 high-end iPods a month. A nice chunk of money, but hardly enough to significantly impact the bottom line.

  23. Looks like at least one person with a beta copy of Leopard thinks the new Finder is an improvement. He claims that it is a Cocoa application and properly multi-threaded. It is not yet clear if he is right.

    I’m waiting to see if ArsTechnica weighs in on the new Finder.

    Some clarity has emerged on the ZFS front. It looks like there will be read only support for it. So basically it might as well not be there. This means that Time Machine does not use it.

    I should also add that I am sure to buy Leopard, I’m just underwhelmed.

  24. I downloaded Safari on my work computer (a PC) and haven’t had any problems as yet. In fact, I love the look and feel of it better than Firefox (my usual browser).

  25. D.,

    I’d tell you to come over to gmail, because it is soooo much better, but the iPhone is going to use yahoo mail, so maybe you should stick with that if you ever want an iPhone.

  26. John, the iPhone can use any mail. It’s trivial to use gmail via pop3. (I do so that I read it in the OSX Mail program rather than via the web) In that case the iPhone will use it.

    John, where did you hear that there is read only support for ZFS? ZFS has been on all the betas of Leopard for some time with far more than read support.

  27. OK I found the article where Apple says ZFS is read only.

    I honestly don’t understand this. Why change it from the betas? The article suggests a major bug with RAID. Maybe that’ll be fixed for October. But it does sound like ZFS is more for OSX Server than the regular version. (Which makes a lot of sense – most of the features are oriented towards servers not workstations)

  28. Clark,

    I also use Mail to read my gmail. It is not clear that you will get all the features of iPhone mail using anything other than Yahoo mail. The implication is that you will not.

    As for the ZFS thing, I have not seen anybody say that early betas had a working ZFS implementation. I have only seen them say that there was evidence of ZFS in Disk Utility. Specifically the ability to erase a ZFS volume.

    Obviously we aren’t getting the full story here. I assume that XServes will use ZFS soon enough and once they do they’ll enable full support in Leopard. Still, the confusion over this is a bit strange. I wonder if some of it is to punish Sun for spilling the beans.

  29. My understanding is that the iPhone’s features are primarily about Pop3. Everything I’ve read points to this. What feature have you heard depends upon Yahoo mail?

  30. I checked and you’re right. The version of ZFS in Leopard betas was hugely buggy and basically unusable. My bad. I thought it was more functional than that.

  31. I found out today that use of iPhone will require an iTunes account. Not that I ever was going to buy one, but this is one more reason. I’m probably the only one here who hates iTunes.

  32. I assume the iPhone is updated via iTunes much like iPods are. Remember that the iPhone ultimately is an iPod.

    I’d assume that other than applying updates you don’t have to use iTunes and can use whatever music program you want so long as it syncs with an iPod. (Most do)

  33. Clark,

    I believe that Yahoo has set up a push model for iPhone as opposed to the standard POP3 pull model. I could be wrong. Everything that I’ve seen so far has indicated that it will be optimized for Yahoo mail. I can’t imagine that it will be limited to Yahoo mail, but who knows.

    As for the lack of an SDK being a bunch of crap and the web apps being a weak substitute, I submit this.

  34. Greg if you’re not using iTunes, what are you using? I actually like iTunes a lot. I mean just for listening to music. I rarely purchase music through it.

  35. If you want to gain the benefits of push mail (which is what Blackberry devices use), but not use Yahoo, just have Gmail forward to a new Yahoo account, so folks can still email you at your regular address. Or set up Mail.app to forward any mail you like to the new Yahoo account.

    Everything I have seen indicates that if you want the benefits of push mail, Yahoo is it. Apple collaborated closely with Yahoo to make this happen.

  36. 37 Clark,

    How would you use a phone to receive POP mail? I’m sorry, but that doesn’t make sense to me. Using POP would basically negate the immediacy of reading incoming mail that is usually associated with a Blackberry-like device, which is what Steve compared this to. Push is the only way to go for this sort of device.

  37. Why? What’s wrong with the short time to access the Pop server? EDGE is slow but it’s not that slow.

    Push mail is important if you need your mail as soon as it happens and not every 15 minutes or so. But I think more people think they need that than really do. I plan on putting some rules on OSX’s mail reader to forward important emails to my phone. It’ll be perfect.

  38. I’m not saying POP would be useless, but it doesn’t seem to be the favored means of the “Blackberry crowd”, which typically (at least in the circles I play among) are the high-powered execs who want all their critical email the moment is comes in. And given that this is the sort of crowd that buys $600 phones, it makes sense that iPhone buyers would–by and large–perfer push mail rather than POP. Clearly Apple, AT&T, and Yahoo think so, since they forged ahead with the development of that system.

  39. Pretty much the high powered execs need good solid Outlook connections which the iPhone doesn’t offer. The iPhone really isn’t targeting this market in the least.

  40. I work for the government, and our big-city Mayor and his entire entourage as well as a bunch of executive department heads are in line for iPhones. So you may be a bit off base there, clark.

  41. Well they may want them but Apple’s not targeting them. It really isn’t an ideal device for folks who use Blackberry’s unique features. It also doesn’t have a word processor or spreadsheet. I think that for many business folks it would be an unwise choice.

    As I think I’ve said, while I’m very intrigued I’m not sure I’d get one. At a minimum I’d wait for a month to see what the criticisms are.

    This is much more aimed at the iPod crowd than the Blackberry crowd. It’s just that Steve Jobs RDF worked on everyone not at the WWDC.

  42. Good points, Clark.

    Our entire city government is MS-centric to the point that when you have a problem, IT’s first question as they “work” to “help” you is: ‘What MS product would solve this problem or meet this need?’ Even if the MS “solution” is twice as expensive as any other and only half as useful, IT will only approve the MS solution.

    MS shills, the whole IT dept here. Ugh. So, perhaps I am a bit pleased at the thought of an Apple product gaining executive approval.

  43. Today, Archos announced what looks like a really great AppleTV killer: the ArchosTV. It has all the features that Apple’s unit does not: HD capability (component in, HDMI out), DVR capability, and large-capacity hard drives (up to 250 gig). If Archos had the marketing savy that Apple does, this product would be a huge hit.

  44. Except that there is no iArchos media store. Without iTunes, Apple TV would be useless. It’s the whole ecosystem, which is much bigger than the sum of its parts.

  45. Ben, only if you are drinking the Apple Kool-Aid. Apple wants you to think that iTunes is the only way that people can get video content. In the outside world (outside of the Apple ecosystem), people get content from DVDs, TV, YouTube, the internet, NetFlix video-on-demand, their camcorders, and many, many other sources. iTunes is a limitation, not a feature. There’s a whole world out there that doesn’t include putting money into Steve Jobs’ pocket.

    /rant

    I do agree that without iTunes, AppleTV is useless, though. ;)

  46. Ripping DVDs is getting easier but isn’t “one click” yet the way iTunes does CDs. I do agree that the aTV is a weak product. I expect a followup before Christmas myself.

    However Archos hasn’t exactly been tearing the world down with their UIs. I have an XBox360 which arguably does most of what the aTV does. (You can even get software to sync it with your Mac much like the aTV) However the UI is horrible. For all the many, many flaws of the aTV, interface goes a long way.

    Ditto with cell phones. Most have horrible UIs. I think that’s what makes the iPhone so interesting despite it’s many flaws. And, truth be told, for most people the iPhone does everything they’d want. (Honestly, even me, since Sage, the open source Mathematica like program, can be run from Safari)

  47. BTW – I broke down and got a 15″ MBP. It’s pretty nice. The one thing I miss is the backwards delete button, if you can believe it!

  48. Yeah, Apple does UI very well. That said, I think relying too much on UI is style over substance when the actual product doesn’t give consumers what they actually want (DVR, HD, decent HDD size).

    I don’t mind Archos’ UIs at all, though they might not be as slick or polished as Apple. I’m still using an Archos Gmini that I purchased several years ago and (for my tastes), does many things much simpler than an iPod.

  49. Clark,

    Congrats.

    You can remap the CD eject key to backwards delete and then map it so that fn+eject does the eject. I’ll see if I can find the utility.

    My major frustration right now is that the ‘end’ key goes to the end of a doc instead of the end of the current line. I could fix this with a remapper but I am too lazy.

  50. On the DVD ripping front, all Handbrake really lacks is the DVD equivalent of CDDB (or Gracenote or whatever). So you have to name your files manually, which sucks.

  51. 49 Greg,

    Personally, I find the Apple TV to not meet any need of mine, so I don’t plan on buying one. I understand what you mean, totally. If you are appealing to a geeky audience, then yes, ripping DVDs into Video_TS folders on your HD is cool. But would that be something that your Grandma would want to do? Apple is, as often is the case, trying to appeal to a wide audience with Apple TV.

    As a true geek, however, I am completely outside Apple’s target audience for Apple TV. And I have never bought a single video program on iTunes, though I buy plenty of my music there. Personally, EyeTV and digital cable do the trick for me, and TiVo downstairs in the family room. Both export easily to iPod or DVD, TiVo has a kid-friendly UI and parental controls, which our family needs, so I see no need for an Apple TV.

    If you use Handbrake to rip your DVDs though and send them into iTunes, Apple TV can have all your DVDs at your fingertips. Likewise, with EyeTV…export to Apple TV, and all your “free” shows (from CATV or OTA TV) are on Apple TV. I think leaving a DVR out of Apple TV was a wise move.

  52. John, yeah when I switched to OSX from Windows a couple of years ago the home and end buttons bugged me to no end. I fixed it in Word but haven’t elsewhere.

  53. Ok, I must correct myself. It seems it is not possible to remap the eject button. It does its thing at a very low level and applications do not see it. I’ve seen one blog post where someone claims to do this but does not describe how.

    However you can remap keys, including making keys do things that not keys currently do. Here are some helpful sites:

    1. Editing key bindings via text files (for the nerds).
    2. DoubleCommand lets you edit some preset key combos.
    3. A list of what your keyboard already does but your might not have known.

    Finally, I should mention that fn+delete on a laptop will do the forward delete that seems to be missing from your keyboard.

  54. Susan M,

    I agree. In fact, I usually use an Apple bluetooth keyboard with the MacBook Pro, mostly to have a proper delete key. Unfortuantely I don’t care much for the keypress action of that keyboard. I wish somebody would make an IBM Model M bluetooth keyboard with an Apple layout. It will never happen, but I can dream.

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