Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Oct 2006 19:29 UTC
Mac OS X Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple did not need NeXT, the company that provided the foundation for Mac OS X; he argues that System 7 wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. Wozniak also says that Mac OS 9 was more secure than OS X is now: Mac OS X is built in Unix and is therefore more prone to attacks because people are familiar with the holes in Unix, explained Woznaik. "Some of the holes in Unix are well known. So keeping Firewalls on is more important. And we keep announcing, even our own security fixes, not as many as Microsoft but still we never really had those in the OS 9 days."
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OS 7 Crashes from IE?
by Hank on Wed 25th Oct 2006 21:51 UTC
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"In this book Wozniak claims that the OS 7 crashes were linked to running Microsoft Internet Explorer, rather than the Apple operating system. He says that his own research made it clear that people with IE installed on their Macs were suffering from crashes, but those who used alternative browsers, such as Netscape, were experiencing no problems...There was nothing wrong with OS 7."


I remember using OS 7 before the internet was even a reality. To say that the mysterious crashes were a post-IE problem is laughable to anyone who used those systems. The lack of proper memory managament caused the system to crash all the time when using industrial apps like Adobe Photoshop or QuarkXPress. One sloppily written plugin could bring the whole machine down. That says nothing for the cooperative multitasking model causing ridiculously poor multitasking performance. I recall running large print jobs intentionally while playing Tetris because it made the advanced levels slow as molasses. I'd love to sample a little of what Steve is smoking.

Edited 2006-10-25 21:56

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