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Sunday, June 12, 2005

F1: Raikkonen wins dramatic race. Kimi Raikkonen wins the Canadian Grand Prix from Michael Schumacher to give his title chances a major boost. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]
No, he didn't win it from Michael Schumacher. He won it from Montoya (who was black flagged), who won it from Alonso (car broke up), who won it from Ficichella (car broke up, same brand). Schumy was there quite by accident. Barrichelo did a lot of merits to get from last to third. Unfortunately since it didn't happen at the front we all missed it.
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Jamie Zawinski Switches to Mac OS X. Wow! Wonderful timing! Just when Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for x86 seems to have been Leakedand it, presumably, runs on any x86 machine pretty much. The hunt is so on... There is even speculation that this is a brilliant marketing move on Apple's part.
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Schumacher is in the first row in Canada. So, I will watch the race, je, je. I have no battery, so I will be far from the computer. I post if something happens...
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Last week my family visited The Netherlands and yesterday they went to Edinburgh to visit Lyonel and Raquel. They sent the pictures...
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Why not wait to get a Mac?

There has been some discussion (not much, not interesting, though) about my advice not to buy macs until the transition is over. Let me spell it out for you. Current Powerbooks and Mac minis can't initiate multi-party video conference. I bet the first machines to do that will be Intel based, don't you? I also bet they are the first out of the door. Doesn't it make sense to wait? Unless your current laptop is a dog and you really need to change it, why not wait? The Mac mini is just slightly different. If you are a switcher waiting is obvious as next year machine may run Windows apps. If you are not a switcher and just want t cheap machine, well, the Mac mini is cheap. But the reasons you are getting it are not probably so urgent that you can't wait a year.

For the G5 machines the story is more complicated. I think you should wait on the iMac if you can, this probably won't take long in being substituted. If you want the last remains of G5 power (and this may be what the Alphas were last decade), get a Dual G5 PowerMac. It just makes more sense. Those are fast machines with a lot of uses, If you need one it makes sense to get it. It is unlikely we'll get new powerful machines (especially 64 bits) for a while, and even then, you'll probably have to wait for optimized apps. Unfortunately for Apple, the G5 was at a low moment. The iMac and the mini were the big sellers. So, Apple will have to suffer until the Intels get here.

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Where is the rest of Rosetta?

One of the things I despise about modern life is the lack of persistance. Less than a week after Apple announcement there is not a freaking serious discussion about it. We talked more before the announcement when little was known than afterwards. People really do get tired of technical reasons. People get tired of arguments they no longer understand. I am not like that... Some will say I am compulsive and obstinate, but here I go again more on the same topic. You don't like it? Well, there are millions of blogs elsewhere...

One of the ignored questions is "Where is the other part of Rosetta?" The part that will allow us to run Intel applications on the old Power PC plattform. No use for this! you say? Oh! There are tons of uses I can think of. One would be development. Poor developers wouldn't have to rent one of the absurdly expensive developer machines (a 400$ Intel that rents for 999$ for less than two years!). The other will be consumer confidence, if Power PC Macs can run Intel only apps as fast as intel Macs can run Power PC apps it would be easier to justify buying the last few of the Power PC Macs. There are advantages and Disadvantages to everything. Here are some:

Pros: The back-Rosetta will give confidence to Apple customer that they are not being abandoned. It would extend the life of the Power PC plattform (good for Apple customers, bad for Apple). It will really make the OS independent of the processor. It will allow small time developer to try things now.

Cons: While it will help Apple now to sell computers, it may hurt them later. People will be able to wait until the kinks are out of the Intel Mac in order to buy. No reason to hurry, no way Apple can come up with a new "Intel only" technology to force the switch. I am sure this is the big hurdle as this must be part of Apple's plan. Compensate for the lack of sales in 2005-2006 by forcing a lot of sales in 2006-2007 through making the old machines incompatible. There has to be development, both in back-Rosetta and in Tiger.

What the Fuck do I know?: There are a lot of questions that may swing one way or another depending of the answer. Will Power PC macs run back-Rosetta too slowly? Will it prove the Megahertz Myth was a fairly tale? or worse, Will it prove the Power PC is now a better processor than what Intel comes up with next year? Depending on the answer (which I don't know, but Apple does) this could be a problem for Apple and I'm not sure they can handle it. Another unknown is development. Clearly, Apple would have to create this Rosetta and test it and so on in a moment when they would prefer to invest time and effort on Intel development.

In the end, I think that the lack of a back-Rosetta says a lot about Apple plans. It tells of plan obsolescence, it tells of a different fairly tale. Have you notice how smooth this transition is going to go? How easy everything is? You can recompile in less than two hours! Of course, no mention is made of testing and other minor details. You can create Universal Binaries! But no mention is made that you can also create Intel only binaries. My fickle knowledge of programing says that the Intel only apps will run faster on Intel than Universal binaries or Power PC apps (with Rosetta or with a real Power PC). All in all, I think Apple should be pressured to answer this question (among others): "Where is the rest of Rosetta?"
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