Tech pundit Enderle looks at Apple’s Mac mini

“Apple’s Mac Mini is a step in the right direction for the Appliance PC and what consumers are looking for. Last month I focused on the negative aspects of Apple’s new products to make a point.  And, based on the feedback I got, the point I appeared to have made is that there are an awful lot of Apple folks who really don’t like anyone who disparages their beloved products,” Rob Enderle writes for DesignTechnica.

“While there are a number of trade offs that Apple made for the Mini that I don’t think were necessary, the product is actually closer to what I think the consumer market is actually looking for in a desktop offering.  No, Steve Jobs didn’t just arrive at my house with explosives, or worse, attorneys.  I just think it is time I acknowledged that there are a couple things I really wish the other vendors would learn from what Apple has done,” Enderle writes.

“I am convinced it is time we also rethink the operating system.  Windows was largely based on OS/2, which came out in the mid 80s, and both Linux and the MacOS X are based on UNIX which is even older.   All three platforms are based on the way the world was in the 80s and both hardware technology and users have changed dramatically since then.  When these OSs were new, users were still relatively technical while now the platform has to deal with a much lower understanding of the core technology as users increasingly abstract these old cores behind applications,” Enderle writes.

“Particularly when you look at the security exposures that exist today and the inability of traditional virus companies to get signature files out quickly enough and the massive problems all three platforms are having with patches I believe it is time to take a step back, lose the religion, and see if we can’t do better.  In fact, I think we should probably do this about once every 20 or so years,” Enderle writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What “massive problems” is Mac OS X “having with patches,” exactly? Enderle has no credibility.


  1. Yeah, DakRoland. I noticed too that Safari wasn’t blocking pop ups anymore. I think it happened after I did that proof of concept IDN exploit. Don’t know if anything has to do with that. Anyway, I did a Safari reset from the Safari menu and deleted the Safari preference file and everything seems normal now. Hope that Safari not blocking pop-ups wasn’t something nasty.

  2. Ben.. how is that a bad thing?!

    There have been no exploits, so those were pre-emptive fine-tunings.. my Mac is perfect and I happily download the latest security updates..

    Go figure..

  3. “if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it” is definitely a safe philosophy, and with Mac OS X, there really is no “need” to completely overhaul the thing. But at the same time, progress does not come from playing it safe, it comes from taking chances on new ideas that you are confident in.

    If the Cell chip is in fact going to eventually be in a Mac, then it might be nice to see an OS that is specifically tailored to taking advantage of the new chip, modern technology, and future trends.

    But then again, I don’t know much about the underlying structure of an OS, so my argument might be completely unfounded. So to summarize… Progress is good, progress that is limited by technology constraints is bad, and even if Enderle is right he is still a fool.

  4. Actually VMS is the Virtual Architectural Extention to RSX-11M+ (PDP) not TOP-10/20. Windows 3.x through 98 was an application on top of DOS, Windows NT through 200x is based roughly on VMS as one of the Architects helped design VMS.


  5. Enderle’s tone has been and still is one of arrogance: Listen to me, I know it all.

    Even when he seems to be apologizing for his own misguided reviews, it comes across as “yeah, all you others have given bad guidance but I know better than you now so listen up.”

    He’s right about the first part – his reviews have been misguided.

  6. I’m not sure what point Enderle was making in pointing out the bad things in Apple’s products (other than being naive). But if the point was to get your panties in a bind, he succeeded admirabley. Apparently he got barraged with the same kind of thoughtless, juvenile posts we read here constantly.

    The article isn’t all that bad. It does make some generalizations about patches, etc., but his articles in general are generalizations without much technical depth.

    I do find it funny how he used to criticize the lack of expandibility of Apple’s products, yet now praises them. I think Apple probably understands it customers a little better than Enderle.

    I wonder how many diatribes he’ll get about the Apple link to some dish manufacturer?… Probably lots, and all it will do is server to push him more firmly into his current position.

  7. Unix is 40+ years old. What bullshit.

    Unix started out 40+ years ago. Now that statement is correct.

    Take Movies for instance. The first one was made 100+ years ago by flicking a deck of still pictures before your eyes. Then came flickering silent movies with a piano player in the theater and signs on the screen for dialog. Then sound, then color, then stereo sound, then better color, and on and on. When you go to movies today you do not see 100 year old technology. Todays movies are incredible compared what was made 100 years ago.

    Similarly today’s Unix or Linux for that matter has very little to do with the technology or the code used 40 years ago. There is no comparison.

    Windows XP/2000/NT does, however, still has a lot of similarities and common code with the original MS-DOS.

    If he was just talking about Microsoft’s offerings his spewings would have a little validity.

  8. ” think his point is still valid – that an OS bulit from scratch today could be made with modern technologies taken in to account and could be made far more efficient than these 20 – 30 year old bases used for today’s OS’s.”

    And would it then take the open source community another 20 years after that to get all the kinks ironed out as they did for UNIX?

  9. I once met Enderle backstage at the CES. I followed him around for awhile while I was there doing interviews. That guy was kissing and sniffing more ass than I used to get at the pound. I mean, really, what do you expect from a guy with the name ‘Enderle’? It sounds like a new impotence drug or something. ‘Honey, I just took an Enderle! Here comes daddy!’ Seriously, people. C’mon. Enderle? Why do you even pay attention to this wingnut? I once knew a bassett hound who lied less than this guy. I mean, how far up Bill Gates’ ass can this moron get? Well, he’s done a pretty good job so far, and it’s a tight fit. No. I keed, I keed. But seriously — Enderle’s commentary is always reliable.

    Reliable for me to POOP ON!!!!

  10. “And the massive problems all three platforms are having with patches” = Utter rubbish as we all know.

    But OS X is not without its foibles either. As far as Repairing Permissions or having to stick apps in an apps folder and docs in a doc folder, I’m sorry to say that (IMHO and dispensing with all delicadeza) that’s rubbish too. OS 9 to OS X was four steps forward and one step back; Deadhorn will be six steps forward and four steps back, starting from two steps behind OS 9. Anyway, the Tiger’s time is coming.

  11. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” /> Unix is even older but is also more mature and definately more secure which is why it is still used today. But old doesn’t mean it hasn’t been refined for the future. Apple is the one pushing the envelope with it’s future designs with OSX. Tiger will roar coming in March or April.
    You Mr. Enderle don’t have a clue and should really stop writing about high tech especially when it comes to what Apple is doing.

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