Monthly Archives: October 2007

thinking outside the box

Gruber isn’t very good at imagining other people’s computing needs.

No important software for the Mac depends on Java.

I think he meant “I don’t have any important software that depends on Java”. There. Fixed that for you.

What I like about the most about his subsequent backpedaling is that it avoids the original issue people were complaining about.

  1. Gruber says Java isn’t supported in the new MacOS X 10.5 and no one cares except Java developers.
  2. People who do care write him and complain.
  3. Instead of saying, “oh, hey, some people clearly have different computing needs than me,” Gruber gives them a condescending lecture on prioritizing development issues, which wasn’t the point at all and as if developers don’t already know about needing to delay low priority tasks.

Somewhere in there he also found the time to talk about a new feature to AppleScript, a language that no one cares about, except AppleScript developers.

PS. I’m not a Java developer.  I don’t even care for Java.


Taskpaper has a nice idea, using a plaintext microformat to store TODO lists. Seems unfortunate that it’s getting so much press a week before Leopard comes out with the same feature with presumably the same implementation.

I’ve long thought that TODO lists were overdue for an IMAP style, access this anywhere from any client, protocol. Nice to see Apple implementing it and it looks like they’re skipping the design-a-new-protocol phase and just using IMAP for the TODO list.

Next up, a standard way of syncing read RSS feeds? I’d like that very much, kthxbye.