Build settings for Mac OSX

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 13:17:00 EDT 2010


On 07/06/2010 07:47 PM, J. Landman Gay wrote:
> Richard Gaskin wrote:
>
>> I wouldn't mind so much if the move were to adopt the Linux file 
>> system (rumors that it would be the Sun file system died about a year 
>> before that platform did), removing one more arbitrary distinction 
>> between Mac and other platforms.  But I guess we'll see what the 
>> removal of creator codes is for somewhere down the road....
>
> I think the rationale is explained pretty well at the link I mentioned:
> <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/09/22/inside_snow_leopards_uti_apple_fixes_the_creator_code.html> 
>
>
> Apparently they were running out of creator code combinations, and it 
> was too limited to support some of the more advanced file management 
> Apple wants to implement:
>
> "However, Apple didn't schedule a deprecation of Creator Codes just 
> for fun, or just to be lazy, or just to fit in with lowest common 
> denominator operating systems. Type and Creator Codes simply weren't 
> good enough to support new OS features Apple had on the drawing board. 
> Rather than trying to get by with doing less, Apple was set on doing 
> more, and Creator Codes weren't up to the task."
>

This is all rather like the Y2K problem, the IP address problem and the 
internet domain problem.

Nobody can see exactly how things will pan out in the future.

And, because of the above, the rationales that are usually dished up 
when the system begins to creak
at the joints are usually specious.

Way back when I remember an article in MacAddict that stated that Apple 
were to continue developing
Mac OS 9 as well as launching a completely new type of OS (what morphed 
into OS X); of course what happened
was that Mac OS 9 went down the toilet of history (or expediency ???); 
Mac OS X was launched (remember
the truly awful Mac OS X beta ????) and then the GUI was 'refined' to 
increasingly resemble aspects of
the Mac OS 9 GUI (such as having Media and icons on a desktop).

As I was moving from the UAE to Scotland while this went on I don't know 
what 'words of wisdom'
were trotted out to justify that Apple had actually renaged on their own 
words: but I am sure that
mostly they were a pack of half-truths spiced up with some 'sexy' 
buzz-words.

No, I'm sure "Apple didn't schedule a deprecation of Creator Codes just 
for fun, or just to be lazy, or just to fit in with lowest common 
denominator operating systems."; they probably had to deprecate them 
because they were up
against their elastic limit; or, put it another way; Apple were unable 
to foresee umwhiles what was going to happen
latterly.



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