MacOS X 10.5 vs. 10.4.11

Interesting quandry to have, install Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.4.11?

I just read that Mac OS X 10.4.11 is about to come out in the next couple of days, right along with MacOS X 10.5.

The big question is, which one does one install? Typically I install new releases a few days after they come out, after checking out people’s experiences and making sure there are no show-stopper for me.

But in this case I am not so sure. MacOS X 10.5 was delayed six months so you get the sense that Apple was under pressure to deliver, and what I have been hearing on the various podcasts that I follow is that this release is not quite as polished as previous major releases, so it might behoove one to wait until that first update, namely 10.5.1.

What I will probably do is install 10.5 on my laptop to see how well it works and wait for the 10.5.1 update. At which point I will update my desktop machine. If history is any guide, we should see 10.5.1 before the year ends.


Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

I have been sitting on this post on the BUZZ in theHUB weblog asking whether the Boston VCs let the seed corn rot.

The pithy paragraph from this post reads thus:

With the VC’s in Boston taking a powder, the field became infertile and now is in need of some serious fertilization. Adam pointed out that while the Boston VC’s waited out the downturn, the ecosystem withered. We know that while nothing was going on here, there was still activity in Silicon Valley, ie… PayPal IPO 2002, Google IPO 2004, etc… The end result is that Boston is now playing catch up in the Web space. Another issue that has compounded the problem is that the continued activity in Web businesses out West has created a class of investors that does not exist here. A lot of companies are funded by angel investors that are seasoned Web entrepreneurs using significant amounts of cash to seed the next generation of up and comers. We don’t have the equivalent here.

Now I will be the first to admit that I am no expert in these matter, but I have some historical perspective on the issue having moved to the Boston area in 2002, and starting a new business here in 2003.

First it is easy to forget that Boston was hit really hard in the last crash, in fact there is good evidence that of all the tech hubs, it was hit the hardest. I think that would have made both entrepreneurs and VCs very gun-shy. Even as a tech, it was hard to get a job in this area.

Second, with the devastation that ensued, a lot of techs either moved to greener pastures, or just plain got out of the sector. I think this attrition can still be felt today in the Boston area because it seems to be really hard to come by qualified techs.

Third, I have talked to enough people here, both entrepreneurs and VCs, who noted that there is quite a cultural difference between the Boston area and the West Coast. It is hard not to miss when you live in this area and worked on the West Coast (like I did for four years).

Fourth, the PayPal and Google IPOs were silver linings in an otherwise dark time on the West Coast, Boston is not the only area that got hit.

Fifth, I started to see things changing on the West Coast in 2005, the Boston Area did not seem to wake up until 2006.

Lastly, one should note that there is now a thriving startup community in the Boston area, with lots of activity in the web 2.0 arena. You only need to look at how many networking events are now taking place, such as the Web Innovators Group, Tech Cocktail, TechCrunch, and how these events are regularly over-subscribed.

Paul Thurrott’s takes on Apple

Paul Thurrott has a very good take on Apple.

I think the crux of the article is contained in this paragraph:

There’s also a related issue here that I think many of us old-timers forget: While we may be stuck in whatever technological rut we think makes sense, we should never forget that an entire generation of students today is using technology solutions that might be unfamiliar to traditional Microsoft guys. They manage their email, schedules, and lives on the Web. They buy Macbooks, iPods, and iPhones. These people will be running the show in a few years, and they aren’t necessarily tied emotionally or logistically to Outlook, Windows, or other Microsoft technologies. This isn’t just a potential threat to your way of life, it’s a threat to Microsoft’s very existence, and it’s why I place such an emphasis on their Windows Live services here and wonder aloud, a bit too frequently, why Microsoft isn’t doing more to address this coming change.

In my mind this is not just related but is the core to the evolution of technology and how it permates our lives. What was unthinkable or unimaginable ten years ago is mundane today, and paradigms can change much more quickly than we can envision (and much more slowly, but that is another story).

Apple results

I don’t usually comment on the quarterly Apple results, but these were interesting for a number of reasons:

  • This was Apple’s best quarter ever.
  • They sold a record number of Macs.
  • They sold lots of iPhones, 1,119,000 this quarter and 1,389,000 this quarter, meaning they sold 270,000 in the last 2 1/2 days of the last quarter.
  • Their stock price is around $184, giving them a market cap of around $160B, contrast with Microsoft with $288B, Google with $206, IBM with $157B, HP with $133. Sun Microsystems with $20B.

Leopard guided tour

I had a little spare time so I watched the Leopard guided tour. While it is a sales pitch, it is also a good way to get an overview of some of the new features in there. As I am the Apple guru in my family, I am the person people turn to to get support, so iChat screen sharing will be a very welcome feaure as I now have to spend $$$ for Fog Creek CoPilot.

Mac OS X security tips from MacWorld

Some good Mac OS X security tips from MacWorld.

Definition of virus

This is pretty funny, go to the Apple site and do a search on virus, this is what you get:

Apple Virus