Let’s face it: some reviews you read should be suspect immediately. For instance, a drive repair utility is a difficult application to review effectively. Certainly, a reviewer can have it run routine diagnostics and repairs. But a real world test would be some dramatic drive failure, against an intense deadline, that is totally unexpected. So, how convenient that I (ahem) went that extra mile and, er, PLANNED for such a catastrophe in order to give our readers a complete hands-on with Micromat‘s new OS X-native disk utility, Drive 10.
The Mac’s legendary interface customization software Kaleidoscope has become a casualty of the transition to OS X. Arlo Rose reports on his website today that “The last version of Kaleidoscope we released was 2.3.1. While we still support it, and encourage people running pre-Mac OS X machines to download and register it, we are no longer actively working on a version for Mac OS X.”
Despite a respectable effort by Sony to build hype around its Vaio R505 laptop in a special “test drive” in front of Grand Central Station here in New York, Apple’s Titanium stole the show again — and it didn’t even have to show up.
In contrast to his usual secrecy, Jobs is up-front in a press release about Apple Expo Paris: no new hardware will be introduced. “My keynote will focus on Mac OS X v10.1, the super-fast new version of Mac OS X, and our revolutionary new iDVD 2 software, which lets users create their own custom DVDs that can be played on consumer DVD players,” says Jobs. “This has been an incredible new product year for Apple, so we don?t plan to launch any new hardware products in Paris this year.”