Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Is Jony Ive Killing The Mac?
Apple Core Rot - OS X Operating System Quality Declines
Apple, Google Bumped Off Top 20 Most Trusted Companies List
2012 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy - Study of Consumers in the United States January 28, 2013
Dolly Drive To Launch Space Virtual Storage at Macworld/iWorld2013


Is Jony Ive Killing The Mac?

ZNet's Robin Harris observes that as eye candy has been added to the Mac OS X interface, basic functionality critical to data integrity and reliable operation have been subtracted. Is this Apple's design chief Jony Ive's fault? - Harris wonders, noting that Mr. Ive's iconic industrial designs - from the original fruit-colored iMacs to the iPhone and iPad - have redefined the look and feel of computing devices several times, and that's all good, but even more than the desirability of attractive and innovative styling, computers need to work reliably.

Harris notes that OS X still relies on the much-patched HFS+ file system -1980s technology that Apple planned to replace years ago but somehow never got around to even though Mac software engineering knew ZFS was a good thing 7 years ago, but has since stuck with HFS+.

He contends that OS X is overdue for a fundamental overhaul and a re-commitment to excellence in software engineering.

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Apple Core Rot - OS X Operating System Quality Declines blogger and 25 year veteran software engineer Lloyd Chambers says that having used Macs since they first appeared back in the early 1980s, he has a long and deep perspective on the evolution of Mac OS X (now just OS X), and contends that what he sees happening with Apple's PC operating system is not pretty.

Chambers observes that OS X is not getting more reliable and more stable, but instead is developing more and nastier problems that range from interference with getting work done to potential data loss, and expresses concern that OS X is degrading into a base for an entertainment platform, since in his estimation the trend recently has been entirely downhill for serious work, and version upgrades containing little of real value and a lot that degrades value, such as improvements to stability running in reverse, core performance stagnating, and a scattershot approach to fixing new bugs introduced benefits.

He suspects that OS X core operating system quality is declining as resources are diverted to software development for the more profitable iOS iPhone, iPad, "iHaveNoRealWorkToDo" products, with Apple forgetting its history and leaving it core professional base twisting in the wind, while hardware for professional use is released in 3-6 year cycles (Mac Pro), or dropped entirely (XServe and related), and the developement focus on general dumbing-down of the OS (and every Apple OS X program) with a gaggle of trivial and shallow features useful only for beginners and entertainment, coupled with serious bugs or workflow impairments for everyone else - or as chambers characterizes it: "makeup over pimples," and a general trend to introducing "stupidly inappropriate iOS-isms" into OS X (an example being the ruination of two heretofore excellent OS X features: Exposé and Spaces by melding them into Mission Control).

Chambers' lengthy, detailed, and withering critique is well worth reading and resonates with the growing frustration a lot of veteran Mac-users have been feeling.

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Apple, Google Bumped Off Top 20 Most Trusted Companies List

Citing a ranking compiled by the Ponemon Institute, an independent research group focused on privacy, data protection, and information security policy (see below), The Register's Rik Myslewski notes that having once ranked as high as number eight among companies most trusted for protecting their customers' privacy and personal information, Apple has fallen out of the top 20 entirely, and Google didn't make this year's list, either, but it fell only from its previous high of 13th place.

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2012 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy - Study of Consumers in the United States January 28, 2013

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Dolly Drive To Launch Space Virtual Storage at Macworld/iWorld2013

Online backup & cloud storage for Mac provider Dolly Drive, will officially launch Dolly Space, a new entirely cloud-based file storage system at the Macworld/iWorld expo in San Francisco this week. The company will also showcase its recently launched backup platform REVO, which replaces the Time Machine interface the company was previously known for.

"Dolly Space reimagines the relationship between your digital content and your devices by eliminating the need for space-wasting local copies of all of your files." says Anthony Palermo, creator of Dolly Drive. "Imagine your 32 Gig iPhone or 250gig MacBook having seamless access to 750 GBS of pics, movies, & documents. Dolly Space frees you from the limitations of any hard drive."

Space is one of many upgrades to the Dolly Drive cloud application the company has released since introducing the REVO platform in October. Originally known for bringing Apple's Time Machine backup software to the cloud, the company moved to it's own proprietary platform to offer better stability, more functionality and higher efficiency cloud transmissions.

"We've created the ultimate all-in-one backup & cloud storage solution for Mac users. Instead of running three programs at once, and loading your hard drives with more and more storage-eating files, Dolly Drive is more efficient, less resource intensive, and as elegant and intuitive as anything you could ever operate on your Mac," says Mr. Palermo.

This will be Dolly Drive's third year exhibiting at the Macworld Expo. The company launched at Macworld 2011 to critical acclaim, taking home Maclife Magazine's Best Software and Best of Show awards. Macworld/iWorld attendees can follow the company's activities at the Macworld show on Twitter

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