Viewed in isolation, Yosemite provides a graphical refresh accompanied by a few interesting features and several new technologies whose benefits are mostly speculative, depending heavily on how eagerly they’re adopted by third-party developers. But Apple no longer views the Mac in isolation, and neither should you. OS X is finally a full-fledged peer to iOS; all aspects of sibling rivalry have been banished.
-John Siracusa, “OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review”
John Siracusa has mentioned on a number of occasion that this may be his last review of OS X, as he started writing them at Developer Preview 2 and I have to say, I think this one is his best yet. I have been reading them since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and so they generally hold a special place in my heart, but this year was different for me, so my laud of the review might be a bit biased.
In previous years, I read the review as a technologist and interested consumer, often skipping the technical overviews that had nothing to do with my daily work. This year, I was reading it as a system administrator, deeply interested in the under the hood changes that have been made in this release, which includes the not insignificant introduction of the Swift programming language.
No matter what the filter through which I see the Yosemite review, however, I quoted the above paragraph due to both its power of insight as well as its ability to be a good send off for Siracusa should this actually be his last OS X review for Ars Technica. If you read nothing else about OS X Yosemite, read the last “page” this review, which includes the Recommendations and Conclusions sections.
Thank you for your work, sir.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.