Monthly Archives: August 2011

Of Google Hotel Finder and comparing Apple, Microsoft & Google

In an interesting critique of Google Hotel Finder, these lines stood out:

As Google grows, its willingness to float bad products is starting to seem a little bit similar to Microsoft, ten years ago. You know what’s also similar? Its dependence on a single cash cow that keeps them from caring whether any single side venture lives or dies.

Which leads us to:

The direct contrast of course is America’s best design-driven company, Apple. Steve Jobs would rather die than release any new product that wasn’t a step-wise improvement over everything that existed before. That’s the mentality of someone that cares about whether people use a product. It’s the mentality of a designer. Google’s mentality is that of an engineer, content to labor over one cool feature at the expense of creating any overarching value.

And finally:

As the example of Microsoft vs. Apple showed us, the engineer’s mentality can win early in a product cycle, when new features can create great advantages over competitors. But over time, as the tech gets commoditized, it’s companies like Apple, which are focused on integrating all the features, that create world-changing products.

8 Random Observations About Lion

Here are some random things I noticed during the first 3-4 days of using Lion. Since I haven’t added anything to this list in over a week, I think it’s time to post.

Keep Both Files

A new option has been added to the dialog box, when you try to copy a file over an existing file of the same name.

Keep Both Files

The “Keep Both Files” creates a file called “Firefox Copy” much like if you copy-paste a file in the same Folder.

Finder Remembers Folder Sizes

While re-calculating size of a folder in List View, Finder doesn’t “forget” the size from last time. It displays the old size in a greyed out font, until the current size is recomputed.

Finder Remembers Folder Sizes

Smaller Size

I didn’t capture the exact number in Snow Leopard but as per my observation, Lion installation over Snow Leopard was around 4 gigs lighter than its predecssor.

Better Quick Look

Two nice things about Quick Look, both related to video playback, something I do quite often. First, it no longer stops playing videos when you move away from Finder. Two, it resizes playback window size when moving from one video to another. Quick Look before Lion would stick to the window size of the first video, when jumping from one to the other using arrow keys.

WebProcess

No iSync

There’s no iSync application in Lion. But if you have access to Snow Leopard, you can simply copy over the application and it works fine. It even remembers your connected devices and settings, if you installed Lion over Snow Leopard.

No Front Row

Remember Front Row? Well Apple wants you to forget about it.

WebProcess

Safari is now broken into two processes – WebProcess, the Web/ rendering related stuff and Safari, which is just the application cover on top of that. This provides enhanced security by limiting the resources any malicious script can access.

Animations All Around

Here’s how I disabled system wide new window animations. Type this in Terminal, press Enter and restart Dock.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool NO

Next thing I did is disable the annoying animations in Mail.app as well. Restart Mail after this.

defaults write com.apple.Mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool YES

defaults write com.apple.Mail DisableSendAnimations -bool YES