I’m Going to WWDC

Europe… didn’t… happen. For various reasons out of my control. There is no use stressing or being disappointed about it. It will happen when its meant to happen, I am sure it will work itself out soon enough.

Instead I am headed back to San Francisco and Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. I was invited there on a student scholarship and I’m very much looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll learn a lot and meet a few interesting people in the process.

In preparation for WWDC I installed the copy of Mac OS X 10.4 or Tiger as its better known. There are a number of improvements throughout the system which I like but to be honest I don’t think its worth the extra $100 or so for most people. Spotlight and Dashboard are cool but hardly the bee’s knees.

I also have a bone to pick with Spotlight searches: the searches start instantaneously after you begin to type your search term. This means if I’m searching for “basketball”, it will see me type “b” and immediately begin scanning the entire computer for things with “b” in them. Unsurprisingly there are a lot of them and this causes a slowdown before the rest of the word I typed is recognized and the search is filtered down to what I need. Just a split second delay would have been enough to avoid this problem. I hope its addressed soon.

Hopefully I will get to meet some Spotlight experts at the conference and pick their brains to find out if there is any way to take advantage of Spotlight in developing my disk cataloging application for OS X. So far every Apple engineer I’ve spoken to about it says “I don’t know” or “I don’t think so, but soon”, which has done me no good.

Oh, and I finally get to see Steve Jobs in person. I’ll be attending one of his renowned keynote presentations on Monday at the start of the conference. Internet access is abundant in SF so I’ll have more WWDC updates live as they happen.

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