It's been quite a while
now since the G4s were
introduced, and it's about time that even a hard-boiled Mac psychofanatic like
me should step back and reflect critically upon our platformhow it's changed
and where it ought to go in the interim between OS 9 and OS X.
Before I do so, I should
state, for the record, that it's undebatable that the Mac platform is infinitely
better off today than it was just two years ago. I'm incredibly thankful for al
the good fortune that's befallen Mac users since the restoration of Steve Jobs.
A directionless company held alive by only the most die-hard loyalists has transformed
itself into the premiere computing platform, not just in fact, as in days past,
but also in the minds of an increasing number of consumers, developers and retailers.
Thanks to advertising, something
utterly neglected during the dark years of the mid-'90s, kids are now asking their
PC-using parents for iMacs for Christmas. And, thanks to the efforts of Apple's
developer relations people, I can still get the software I want for my Mac, including,
thanks to the sweet mercy of the Lord, Blizzard's Diablo II by the end of this
monthonly one month later than the PC platform.
And in terms of engineering,
there hasn't been a better Mac since the IIci. Why, when I open up my Power Mac
7300, I'm embarrassed that I ever spent that much money on such a piece of flimsy
Yet there are always ways
to make a good thing better. So, without further ado, I offer you my wish list.
You can add your own suggestions to the list by visiting our user
USB implementation. I've gone on at length in the past on the weaknesses
of USB on the Mac. Audio suffers tremendously
under the current implementation, and, of course, you can barely connect up USB
peripherals without freezing up your system. It's just a bus, for Pete's sake,
and it ought to work flawlessly and universallyout of the box.
audio support. Virtual Memory is supposed to enhance the performance
of applications on the Mac. And, for the most part, it does. Yet, when it comes
to audio, Virtual Memory is a killer, causing all kinds of problems, and even
adding a lag
during playthrough. It's not just the OS, either. I have OS 9 running on a
Power Mac 7300 that runs audio apps just fine in playthrough mode. But on my G4,
I get a 0.3 second delay. (If it makes you feel any better, the same is true of
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