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Comment From the Age of Aqua (Score 1) 102

Holy Aqua Interfaces Batman!


Open source projects seem to consistently have poor UIs. And before anyone jumps me, yes I have been involved in interface design on open source apps. Maybe it's a matter of taste, but the current interface looks like a bad Aqua app from 10 years ago. Jelly bean buttons? Seriously?

And to put my time where my mouth is, if any of the developers are reading this and want help contact me. Not a deep coder but have done UI layout in the Mac/iOS world. If you think it's fine as is, then we should agree to disagree.

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 383

Well yes, it was an attempt at humor...

And I appreciate the detailed perspective. I don't have your history and will take you at your word that in some cases the Java platform is a good solution for devs. What you did not address is the user experience. Which is what I believe is the achilles heal of most cross platform solutions. I've never run into a Java UI that I enjoyed. This is also not to mention the security exploits that seem to pop up with great regularity. Don't take my word for it.


Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 383

I haven't worked with QT yet on a project, but I have seen apps that use it that don't seem to fall into the traditional traps of that approach. What we learned on the XULrunner project was that we ended up with interfaces on several platforms that were not familiar to any normal user of that platform. Users crave consistency, and if your app looks different than every other then they will shy away. If something like QT allows you to use native widgets and UI then it would be a better solution to what I have used.

Comment Re:Java (Score 4, Insightful) 383

That's why it's called Write Once, Debug Everywhere!

I was involved in a major open source project using a cross platform solution, XULrunner. I have also worked with Java apps for many years. Neither has made me want to give up native solutions. All the little details you mention are why these things don't work. Well, up until now. You need a cross platform language and a universal API as well. And although you may get the languages, I've never seen the API

Comment Re:great news (Score 2) 238

Curious, what routers do you recommend then? From my personal experience Airport units have been a god send. And I even create my own basic firewall rules. This is not say you are wrong, you seem to suggest you have more experience in general. And since my preferred solutions seems to be going away, what should I look at next?

Comment Re:I use it all the time (Score 1) 495

I agree on the bias, that's why I said "people I have known". I should have been more specific. I work with mostly independent media producers in audio and video, not people that work at shops with IT houses. Windows has come a long way, and there is not the huge difference in usability there once was. But between driver and hardware issues plus stability issues the average user will get more frustrated with Windows than macOS. imho

Comment Re:I use it all the time (Score 2) 495

I feel your pain, I really do.

FCPx has pissed me off for years. But almost everyone I've know in media production who ditches their Mac for Windows goes back pretty quickly. No matter how annoying Apple's changes are (one of my pet peeves is the Fireware/Thunderbolt saga), my guess is that your experience in Windows trying to do media will make you break out in hives. This is not just an opinion, this is years of experience working in the field.

Also, I really think we are about to get a big new FCPx. It's been waiting on AVFoundation. Just my guess.

BTW what happened to the first 21 Benders?

Comment Re:BSD on the rise (Score 3, Informative) 132

That's why I respect Linus so much. Not only has he helped shaped one of the most important open source projects of all time, he has done it with grace and humility.

The way he handled the above linked question is perfect, and it reminded me of his relationship with Richard Stallman. I have great respect for Stallman's work, but take issue with his personality. There is a documentary about Linux (RevolutionOS?) that has a clip from both of them receiving an award. Stallman takes the stage and proceeds to rag on Linus and the Linux name, and how it should be GNU/Linux. Linus was standing on the stage next to him having to hear this, and just smiled.

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