Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 12:53 UTC
Mac OS X Apple has just released Mountain Lion to the Mac App Store. For a measly $20, Lion users can move to the new release right now, and honestly, at that price, there's little reason not to for the Mac users among us. It's not a huge or massive release or anything, but if you're a fan of iOS, you're going to love all the OS bits and pieces that are being transferred to your desktop. Have fun installing, and, as always, be sure to read the only review that matters: John Siracusa's 25000 words long review (that's almost as long as the thesis I wrote to earn my master's degree, holy cripes!). I know what I'll be reading today on my brand new Nexus 7. If you can, please support Siracusa by buying the ebook version on Amazon (currently stuck in the review process, should show up any minute now). Why? Because Siracusa's kind of technology writing is something we need to cherish, because we have less and less of it.
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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by karunko on Thu 26th Jul 2012 12:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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It's a good thing OS X isn't a virtual prison then, seeing as how you can run whatever the hell you want on it.

For the time being, but it's worth noting that Gate Keeper is "halfway" turned on and although it can easily be configured to let you run anything you like, there's zero guarantee that this will be the case in the future.

And what about APIs available only to applications for sale on the App Store? Yes, anyone can apply to be a developer, the membership price is very reasonable, X Code is free, yadda yadda yadda, but not every (perfectly legit) application would qualify for the App Store -- not to mention Apple's proverbial capriciousness when it comes to what gets accepted and what gets refused (or maybe accepted and then yanked from the store a few weeks later).

And don't get me started with this fixation with iCloud in general and an iCloud account in particular. John Siracusa's review says (

It's nearly impossible to set up and use a Mac running Mountain Lion without being prompted to enter an Apple ID for use with "the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store, iCloud, and more," to quote one of the many dialog boxes Apple throws at the user.

Oh yes, of course it's for my own convenience! In fact everybody knows that I'm just a dummy who doesn't know when or where save a file... *sigh*


Edited 2012-07-26 12:47 UTC

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