TweetFollow Us on Twitter

From the Editor, August 2008

Volume Number: 24 (2008)
Issue Number: 08
Column Tag: Editorial

From the Editor, August 2008

Welcome to MacTech's first issue since WWDC 2008, where we can report on...nothing! That's right, WWDC promised us a new release of Mac OS X with no new features! Of course, that's far from true: there's plenty in the Snow Leopard release debuted at WWDC. Unfortunately, all of the really juicy stuff was presented outside of the keynote and is under NDA. The keynote was all about the iPhone, the hardware and the upcoming software SDK. Both of which will be released by the time you get this in print. Interestingly, the new hardware hasn't necessarily prompted pure lust for the latest and abandonment of the original model. Many people are simply going to hang on to their rev. 1 device. Others I know are going to sell it off - sometimes at a profit! Finally, many iPhone devs I know are going to buy a 3G unit, but keep their rev. 1 model for, you guessed it, development.

What about Mac OS X? Enough of the details are publically available on Apple's Snow Leopard page (http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/). Apple's Open Computing Language (OpenCL) will be a huge boon to anyone writing computationally intensive software. OpenCL allows a developer to easily take advantage of the computing power available on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) of the video card, or cards, available in each machine. GPUs are tuned for different types of computations than CPUs, but make no mistake: when running an optimized computation, they are thousands of times faster than a CPU. Modern CPUs are good at branching - code that needs to make decisions. GPUs are good at taking a block of code and running straight ahead with it. Combine the two, and there's a powerful platform. I'm looking forward to seeing a mini-Cray by topping out a MacPro with RAM and GPUs. I'm also looking forward to Apple outright owning scientific computing thanks to this development.

Also of interest is QuickTime X. Think about this for a minute: QuickTime was rewritten for the iPhone. Now, that version is being ported to desktop OS X. That's pretty awesome. QuickTime X is being touted as being light and fast. It's a ground up rewrite, so, I'm sure it is. More importantly, it's a ground up rewrite. Unfortunately, QuickTime has been a source of security issues for Apple and OS X. It's Apple's Internet Explorer. QuickTime is an old framework at this point, and a rewrite makes a lot of sense. There's likely tons of code that can just go away.

Finally, WebKit has been swirling around my head lately. A lot. When Apple first announced its use of KHTML and the creation of WebKit, I thought, "oh, nice. Good for Apple - they'll have one more piece of the puzzle." I did not think that the adoption of WebKit would be what it is now. Naturally, developers on Mac OS X can incorporate the use of WebKit into their own applications (like Entourage 2008 does). Safari (WebKit) runs on Windows now, too. Don't forget, though, that WebKit is open source. A new browser named Opus Palladianum, designed for security (http://www.tech.com/securebrowser.html) will be leveraging WebKit. Google's Android smart phone OS is using WebKit (http://webkit.org/blog/142/android-uses-webkit/). Yahoo's Messenger renders IM conversations using WebKit. Even text editors like BBEdit and TextMate rely on WebKit somewhere. The list goes on at length. You should be reading the Surfin Safari blog (http://webkit.org/blog), using the nightly builds (http://nightly.webkit.org), and reporting bugs.

This month's content revolves around backup, and I'm thrilled to have long time Mac author Joe Kissell guide us through an important topic: creating a backup policy. More often than not, backup systems and schedules are chosen without truly defining the assets being protected and matching system needs to that of the organization being protected. Henri Stushak writes about Lbackup, open source backup program. Lastly on the backup front, I review two Take Control titles that serve two different beginning audiences implementing backup.

In addition to the other great content this month, please check out the MacTech Spotlight featuring Andy Lee. Andy is a "part-time" Cocoa developer. He's also the author of AppKiDo, an application that other developers love. It goes to show how you can get involved in OS X development and have an impact no matter if it's your day job or not. How are you getting involved?

Ed Marczak,

Executive Editor

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

WhatsApp 0.2.4238 - Desktop client for W...
WhatsApp is the desktop client for WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for... Read more
VOX 2.8.24 - Music player that supports...
VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need.... Read more
Dropbox 24.4.17 - Cloud backup and synch...
Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems... Read more
OmniPlan Pro 3.7.1 - Professional-grade...
With OmniPlan Pro, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success... Read more
OmniPlan 3.7.1 - Robust project manageme...
With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success,... Read more
Adium 1.5.10.4 - Popular instant messagi...
Adium is a fast and free instant messaging client which supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Yahoo! Japan, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, SIP/SIMPLE (Text), and Lotus Sametime... Read more
SteerMouse 5.1 - Powerful third-party mo...
SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well. SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow,... Read more
File Juicer 4.57 - $18.00
File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer... Read more
1Password 6.7 - Powerful password manage...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
CleanMyMac 3.8.1 - $39.95
CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Olli by Tinrocket (Photography)
Olli by Tinrocket 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Get drawn in with Olli by TinrocketOlli instantly turns your everyday moments into hand-drawn art and animations. • Watch... | Read more »
Penarium (Games)
Penarium 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fire Emblem Heroes is way more profitabl...
Profits for Nintendo's mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes are apparently impressive enough to beat out other Nintendo titles likeSuper Mario Run, despite having 10 times fewer downloads. [Read more] | Read more »
Classic series Robot Unicorn Attack 3 no...
The classic Adult Swim browser game, Robot Unicorn Attack, branched off into a series of popular mobile games. Now, the latest entry into the series, Robot Unicorn Attack 3, is available for iOS and Android mobile devices. [Read more] | Read more »
Sudoku Sweeper (Games)
Sudoku Sweeper 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A minimalist mashup of Minesweeper and Sudoku. Logic puzzle perfection. Every row, column and zone contains a bomb and one of... | Read more »
Under Leaves (Games)
Under Leaves 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Journey into the forest, the jungle or the depths of the deep blue sea. Find chestnuts for the pigs, a caterpillar for the... | Read more »
Ninja Pizza Girl (Games)
Ninja Pizza Girl 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: In the not-so-distant future, rampart traffic congestion has resulted in only one way to deliver pizzas across town in thirty... | Read more »
SCRAP (Games)
SCRAP 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: That day, for no apparent reason, SCRAP decided to wake up and run. He had to, because his activation was a mistake the "Factory" could... | Read more »
The Bunker (Games)
The Bunker 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: The critically acclaimed console hit "The Bunker" comes to iOS, The groundbreaking live-action thriller adventure set in a real... | Read more »
Die With Glory (Games)
Die With Glory 1.2.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.2.0 (iTunes) Description: Die with Glory is an epic adventure game where your goal is to die in glorious fashion. You must help Sigurd, a brave old... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

New System Clock for macOS by B-Eng Now Avail...
Fehraltorf, Switzerland based B-Eng has announced the release and immediate availability of System Clock, the company’s new system monitor and information app developed exclusively for macOS. System... Read more
DEVONtechnologies Celebrates 15th Anniversary...
DEVONtechnologies celebrates its 15th company anniversary with a 30% discount on all its software products from May 1st through 5th, 2017. In spring 2002, DEVONtechnologies opened its website and... Read more
WaterField Designs Invites Customers to Help...
San Francisco based WaterField Designs invites customers and air travelers to participate in developing the next generation in-flight travel case, the Air Porter. Frustrated with limited legroom,... Read more
Save up to $260 with Apple refurbished 12-inc...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$260 off MSRP. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
Digital Paper Tablet Offers Distraction Free...
I typically spend 8-10 hours a day gazing at the screens in my laptops and iPad, as tools of my livelihood, I don’t as a rule use electronic devices for pleasure reading. I subscribe to a daily... Read more
“Today at Apple” Bringing New Educational Ses...
Apple has announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple Stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design, and more. The hands-... Read more
Smart Finance Free Comprehensive Personal Fin...
Moscow-based indie developer, Alexander Survillo has announced the release and immediate availability of Smart Finance: Personal Finance, Budget & Money 1.1.4, an update to his comprehensive... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1199.99 $100 off MSRP - 12... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $1169 $... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available...
B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro available for $200 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro (MJLQ2LL/A): $1799.99 $200 off... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Mac Computer Technician - GeekHampto...
…complex computer issues over the phone and in person? GeekHampton, Long Island's Apple Premium Service Provider, is looking for you! Come work with our crew Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Chicago...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Systems Engineer - California Polyte...
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Apple Systems Engineer Department: ITS - Customer & Tech Support (134900) College/Division: Academic Affairs Salary Range: Position Read more
*Apple* Mobile Master - Best Buy (United Sta...
**501042BR** **Job Title:** Apple Mobile Master **Location Number:** 000416-East Lansing-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Buy Apple Mobile Master Read more
Best Buy *Apple* Computing Master - Best Bu...
**501195BR** **Job Title:** Best Buy Apple Computing Master **Location Number:** 000211-Colorado Blvd-Store **Job Description:** **What does a Best Buy Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.