Over the last few days I’ve been rebuilding the contents of my laptop. It was slowing down and crashing more than I found acceptable *. Some changes have been made since the prvious build.

  • I’m back on Leopard 10.5.4. This is the last version supported by Digidesign’s Pro-Tools 7.4. I’d upgrade to 8 (and leopard 10.5.8), but my bandmate/mentor and Alaska Studios where I “tape-op” are using 7.4. The upside is that Pro-Tools works fine. There are 2 notable downsides. Firstly, my Magic Mouse wont work past pointing and clicking (left and right “buttons” work ok tho’). Secondly, I can’t use the iTunes Store through iTunes9, as it requires a version of Safari that wont install on this version of Leopard. It’s ridiculous being caught in version support games played by the various manufacturers. Read the rest of this entry »

Anyone else feel like the two big Apple software updates this week, iTunes 9 and iPhone 3.1, are more about building platforms to encourage users to spend more money through Apple than they are about genuinely useful tools? I don’t expect any company to make products that don’t encourage users (or advertisers) to give them money, but the current updates “feel” wrong.

The company appears to be shifting its focus. They used to be known for creating tools & platforms that are similar to but better than their competitors. Now, they’re instead concentrating on putting systems for ongoing, small-scale revenue-generation into the pockets of their user-base. I find this ugly, uncomfortable and a let-down. I tried hard to disbelieve Jascon Calcani, but iTunes 9 and iPhone 3.1 seem only to reinforce his message.