mnot’s blog

Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Tuesday, 10 September 2002

iCal, youCal

iCal is out, and is pushing me ever so closer to taking my perfectly reasonable Dell laptop and shoving it down the throat of the next IT person that I see. Nothing personal.

The few chances I get to work with 10.2 amaze me; it’s beautiful, intuitive and incredibly powerful. XP’s antialiasing looks horrible next to it, and don’t even go into usability. The application suite - Mail, iPhoto, iTunes, iDVD and now iCal - is very well positioned and crafted.

Now, the problems (I’m sure a marketing person sees them as “opportunities”).

First; why a new URI scheme? If you’re using HTTP (or WebDAV), call it HTTP, for God’s sake. Not “Gee-I’m-delivering-a-GIF-so-let’s-call-it-gif://. If you want to dispatch, use the media type, not the URI; that’s what God put them there for when he designed the Internet; you know, during the prequal.

Second, well, there is no second yet. I WANT IT AND I CAN’T HAVE IT, at least not for my daily work, that’s the problem.


One Comment

Gus Gollings said:

Heh, I use a Mac, and no - YOU CAN’T HAVE IT ;-)

Sunday, October 20 2002 at 7:25 AM