On the Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to work through a number of the problems in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, including issues with large external hard drives and Apple Mail. He also discusses the tenth anniversary of Take Control Books. follow link
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
Adam Engst Delves into Mavericks on the Tech Night Owl Live
First, iOS 7: I'm older; a baby boomer. We have the money and we buy the products. We are the largest purchasers of Apple USA. So why mess with good, clear icons and intuitive processes? I "get" the small, clever improvements built in. But visually the iOS 7 is more difficult to read. The change was for change, not innovation and an improved user experience. Daily operation is more complicated.
Since upgrading to Mavericks on both my new MBP and 27 inch iMac I simply hang my head and ask, "Who is steering the boat?" I am an annual Tibits subscriber and have learned more about Mavericks reading the daily articles here than in any Apple support documentation...and that is the problem!
I used to be able to just intuitively "get" most of the operating systems and upgrades. Apple even used to include a manual which was seldom needed.
Is the iCloud cool! Absolutely. It is also the "glue" that holds much of the user experience together. It is a gigantic potential single point of failure despite the redundancies, BC, and DR built by the infrastructure team. If you can function without iCloud for a day, a week, or longer you are in good shape. If one or two days of iCloud disruption would cause you pain you may want to rethink dependency on this service and have a solid "Plan B" in place.
But there are two things I love: Spotlight from any screen and Control Center. Both have changed how I use my iPhone for the better.
Addendum: Just read two articles that really show the difficulty faced by software developers (including Apple).
On one side, Michael Lopp
On the other, Daniel Jalkut http://bitsplitting.org/2013/11/19/stagnation-or-stability/
I've been following the debate about Things. Frankly, I'm with Jalkut on this. It's productivity software. The entire point is that it does what you need and DOESN'T change much. It has to be trustworthy, which Lopp says it is, so I don't see what his problem is. It's one thing to say you're bored, it's another to call the software dead.
iOS, on the other hand, is the face of Apple's hardware, and the old design had gotten stale, thus making the devices look stale. I see why they made the change, but how rushed it was concerns me.