Tuesday, April 05, 2011

By-bye Rosetta

I just heard that in upcoming Mac OS X version Lion, Rosetta will be no more. Rosetta is translating software written for PowerPC Macs to run on Intel Macs. And it's gone in Lion.

Ouch. I think this is awfully soon. It's only been 4-5 years since the first Intel Macs.  I am actually not at all sure how many apps I use which were never updated to Intel processor use, but I do know I use at least one: Golive 6, HTML editor. Outdated and dumb perhaps, but I'm just so used to it. Sigh.
... Oh no: and Tex-Edit Plus! It has not been updated to Intel. I use that in so many ways and so many times every day.
... Oh no, and iView MediaPro! I use that for making HTML thumbnail pages every day, and I use an old version because they jacked up the price to 3X and made it needlessly complicated.

Shall I really be dragged kicking and screaming into the second decade of the twenty-first? Damn.

One might say that it shows I'm middle-aged and set in my ways. But heck, one might say instead: if it works, why change it? And these things have just been working beautifully for me. (OK, less than beautifully in the case of Golive, but I haven't found anything to replace it.)


Jan said...

You're not alone. I hate it when neat apps turn into bloatware.

Ah, the simplicity of the early ACDSee viewer, Office 2003, the old Fastmail.fm webmail ui... so many products are turning to crap because people try to "improve" it.

So far Google Reader and Facebook have *really* improved. I like them better now than in the past. But they're the exceptions.

And the problem isn't limited to the software world. The shoes that were perfect for me have been replaced by less comfortable restyled versions. Except for some classic basics, it's impossible to buy identical clothes after my favorites wear out.

In my ideal world, all old versions of products could still be produced on demand at any time and would remain compatible with everything forever.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

The best phone I ever had was a tiny Erickson in 2000. Had the simplest and most intuitive interface ever, looked great. When it died, you couldn't find anything like it for love nor money.

Timo Lehtinen said...

When it died, you couldn't find anything like it for love nor money.

When I discover a product I really like, and which I suspect will not be in production for long, I follow the principles taught in Alpha Strategy, and buy a bunch of them to last me a while.

The warning signal is if the product is not selling well, i.e. not popular.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes. At that point that seemed so obviously close to the ideal phone that I couldn't imagine that they, for example, would stop making very compact phones.