Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 01:50 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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By chance, have you taken the Autism Spectrum Quotient? That's a serious question by the way. I took it not long ago and I scored a 25. Anything higher than 32 means you may have Asperger's or high-functioning autism. Given my score and what I know about my social skills and (sometimes lack of) tolerance for well-meaning but pushy or nosy strangers, I'd peg you somewhere between myself and the Asperger's threshold.

Please understand I'm not criticizing or poking fun at you, or at autism for that matter; merely making an observation.

Anyway, you said:

It doesn't do what I want. I use a tiling window manager, I have no window decorations. I use bitmapped fonts. I use terminals and Emacs. I don't need anything OS X does, and it doesn't let me do any of these things

That sentiment can go both ways. A Mac user can say of a Linux box with a minimal X session as you described it, "That doesn't do what I want. I use Expose. I use OS X Terminal. I use AppleScript. I enjoy the Mac's beautiful antialiased fonts. I don't need anything Linux does, and it doesn't let me do any of these things."

I'll add my own item to that list: I use GarageBand to make music. I have tried for years and years to get a handle on the myriad Linux music creation apps, and Jackd alone is enough to give me high blood pressure. Never mind that a low-latency kernel is needed, you also must spend hours tweaking every little setting of every disparate program just to get even close to a usable setup. Custom distros like Ubuntu Studio try to bring all that together in a nice package, but it still falls far short. Even on Windows it's much easier; FLStudio plus Cakewalk plus Sound Forge make a decent digital recording studio, but that's three separate programs that don't always play well together.

As far as I'm concerned, no single program out there in the Windows or Linux world can touch GarageBand for price (free with a Mac), feature set or ease of use. When I want to just sit down at the keyboard and spend a couple of hours wringing out a melodious thought, I can do it without the unnecessary frustration that would zap the creative moment.

And that is the point of all my ranting and raving above, and my mantra for years now: Use the tool that works best for you and for the job at hand. I wouldn't use a nail file to hone an engine piston, just as I wouldn't use a Linux box to create music, or a Mac to play Windows games, or a Windows machine to develop GNOME apps. All of those are possible, but highly inefficient scenarios and a waste of time and resources.

Of course, I'm dreaming of the day I can do all the above in Haiku OS. Figuring out how to get it to hone that piston will be the hard part. ;)

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:08 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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Show the average person my computer and they're either impressed, confused, or if they're an Apple Person (not simply an Apple customer), they get offended, apparently...
It's just my experience, but they seem to take issue with my not liking the way their default windowing system works... I don't get it.

Linux audio is a massive PITA, atm, yes.

If I was to take the time to set up a DAW, I'd probably start with BSD, and dedicate the machine to that purpose.
It's really quite sad. There's talk among the jack and pulseaudio people that they hope to eventually be able to work together, one taking the other's place as needed.

Edited 2010-10-22 02:12 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:10 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Kroc"
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I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at 17 years of age.
A tad bit late, if you ask me -_-
11 years back, I feel old, thanks ;)

I think I don't fall under the current usage of that terminology any more, though. I prefer 'mildly autistic'.
It doesn't have certain associations that Asperger's has.

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RE[9]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 02:28 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Kroc"
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I'm glad you didn't take offense at my observations. ;)

I know a young lady with what I would consider Asperger's, but her parents insist that she is to be referred to as "high-function autistic". I don't think she cares either way; she is comfortable with herself and that's very fortunate. She happens to be highly gifted musically and has an amazing ability to process several different tasks at once when at a computer, almost like a machine herself.

At a social level, however, she is very underdeveloped. To my knowledge she has never had a true friend outside of extended family, nor a romantic relationship. She enjoys going out to places like the mall, but she invariably does something "not normal" and when strangers take note, she withdraws and shuts down for a while. She is in her early 20s but her mental and social maturity has remained around the pre-teen level for many years.

As for myself, I've come to the conclusion that I'm just plain odd. I'm socially apt enough to hide my weirdness from most people (it helps that I work in law enforcement, where most of my co-workers are far from normal too), yet I can be "out there" at times.

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