Commenting on a Forbes.Com Article

Below is a letter to Mr. Arik Hesseldahl regarding his article, “Apple’s Tiger Has A Powerful Nose” on Forbes.Com.

Dear Mr. Arik Hesseldahl,

I think your requested feature of allowing Mac users using Spotlight to search based on Application is the wrong analogy to the way people work.

What Apple and many of the more visionary technologist are trying to do, is to hide the complexity of computing from end-users and to make their technologies behave and understand terminologies in the context of the end-users’ environment.

Referring to an application is too computer focused and legacy (Windows) thinking. For example, if you’re looking for a letter you wrote, you would not first think about which type or brand of pen you used to write that letter, but rather you would think about the letter’s context.

This is why the new Spotlight feature is allowing for terms like “Images”, “CMYK”, “RGB”, “document”, “Movies”, “Presentations”, etc. as filters for the search. These are the terms that the respective end-users (in their industry) will be used to plus it is tool agnostic.

There are some fairly good directions in Spotlight, which Apple is promoting, in terms of Usability. Why didn’t you mention that? For example, the ability to use Windows terminologies as keywords in the Finder implementation of Spotlight.

Apple Done it Again!

Apple has done it again. The latest upcoming version of Apple’s Mac OS X is even cooler than the ones before. Some of the features of Tiger remind me of Apple’s old R&D project called “Knowledge Navigator”.

One of the coolest new [functional] feature is “Dashboard”. I can just picture all the new Widgets developers will be coming out with. One reason why I think Tiger is so cool is that it has elements of what SUN Microsystems has demonstrated with their desktop User Interface project called “Looking Glass“.

Dashboard

Looking Glass is the project to develop the next version of Solaris desktop some time down the road. Since Apple is releasing these features first, you know who is copying who.

Just by looking at the latest version of Mac OS X you can see the desktop User Interface to come, and it just may arrive sooner than you think if you’re fortunate enough to be using a Macintosh.

You can check out all the other features at Apple’s Preview site.

Movie Review: Troy (2004)

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I went and saw the movie “Troy” at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The acting in the movie was okay. The casting was good, they were all the actors one would expect to see for these roles.

One of the best part of this movie are the hidden special effects they used to film the movie. Movie makers had come a long was since the “Lawrence of Arabia” days where they need to hire hundreds of extras for the movie battle scenes.

The story of the movie is well know by all who watch this movie, although the screen writes did a fairly good job in leading the audience to each of the events in the story.

The movie was considered long with its published running time of 164 minutes. I am not sure whether it was the fault of the movie that could not capture me through out the length of the movie, or was it the numerous cell phones that ran and the massive number of people that constantly got out of their seats near the 2 hour mark; washroom breaks or what have you.

Everyone should have known that this to be a long movie, they should be more considerate and gone to the washroom prior to the movie. But then again this is Hong Kong, I may be asking too much for people to be considerate; especially in a movie theatre. That’s another blog to be continued later.

Do everyone else a favor, please remember it is a 2 hours and 44 minutes movie.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Apple Computers Futhers the Cause of WiFi Again

Back in 1999 Apple introduced the first affordable and easy to use WiFi (802.11b) solution to the average consumers with its Airport Base Station. Then it brought WiFi (802.11g) connection with its Airport Extreme Base Station.

Now Apple again doing its part in bringing WiFi or WLAN to as many individuals as possible with the introduction of Airport Express. See my short review in My Mac Forum.

Movie Review: The Ladykillers (2004)

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My Rating: 5Stars

Today I watched the movie The Ladykillers at UA TimeSquare in Causeway Bay. Another late addition to my Must See Movies list.

Tom Hanks again delivered a superb acting of a sly Southern American. His character was very believable and mesmerizing.

Although, the story is simple and some what predictable, the movie was very entertaining due to the great acting by all.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere