Duplicate Programs in User Folder

The installation of Snow Leopard prompted me to do something semi-dangerous — delete a bunch of duplicate programs.

These duplicate programs resided in my “Users” folder under the folder “Adam” (the other folder is “shared”).  Because I have this inane trust in Apple, I assumed that these programs were supposed to be there and that they were not in fact true duplicates.  I thought that they were just a link to the main file.

I was wrong.

Snow Leopard made me look at my old Mac programs, which I thought would have been deleted during Snow Leopard installation.  The old Mac programs were not deleted.  I copied to new Snow Leopard Mac program version into my “Apple” folder.

I then looked at the “user –> Adam” folder.  All the programs in that file were the older (sometimes much older) version of the most recent version of a given program.  The most up-to-date version of the program resided in my “Application” folder.

I have no idea how these programs came to reside in this location.  I never directed them to install here.  My guess is that they installed in this location at the same time of the original program installation.  As I updated the file that also resided in the “application folder” these files did not change or update.  My assumption (giving Apple the benefit of the doubt) is that these files reside here as a backup in case your main application version becomes corrupted somehow.  This is smart except for one problem — if you do a spotlight search for a program, it is not clear which version is the updated one and you may end up using the older one.  Apple should delineate the the backup file as such.  Of course, this is only speculation.  Maybe this is something that is wrong with my machine.

With that said, I have Time Machine so I deleted away.  I deleted 90% of the programs (about 80 files).  I recovered about 3 gigs of space.  My computer is still running fine without any issues (yet). If you are worried about doing this, don’t worry too much.  No problems here thus far.

Next time I install a file, I will check to see if it copies to the “user –> Adam” folder.

Has anyone else seen this occur?  Is this normal?  Is there a way to turn this off?

Why Dell, HP and the other PC manufacturers are scared

In the past week, there have been a slew of articles discussing the huge growth in Apple’s share of the overall computer market.  One article discussed how nearly 8% of computers now in use are Apples, which is a nearly 32% jump in a year and another article here.  Apple’s notebook sales jumped 61% in a year.  Another article discussed how 14% of all new computers sold are Apple (cant find the link).

To add to this growth, a number of articles have discussed the iPhone halo effect (similar to the iPod halo effect).  The big difference this time around — the iPhone does much more and is a more important part of people’s live than any iPod ever was.  If you use and iPhone and love it, buying a Mac running on similar software makes sense.  Check out some discussions/articles, here, and here.  Apple has seen a dramatic rise in sales of Macs but the interest in the iPhone far dwarfs that of Macs.   Add the halo effect plus an unprecedented level of interest in the iPhone and you have huge potential Mac growth.

Of course none of this would be possible without the help of Microsoft.  Vista’s growth is huge but it started from zeo and is in the range of 250% growth year or year.  However, that growth happens because people are not nearly as willing to switch to a new computer OS as they are to make the move from a regular cell phone to a smartphone.  A computer is already an integral part of people’s lives and they are rightfully scared of making any big changes (especially when most folks fear computers and any minor computer change).  Making the move to a smartphone is less frightening than moving to a new computer system.

Vista, as anyone who has tried it knows, is not the revolution that Microsoft promised.  It is, at best, adequate.  Whenever I turn on parallels or bootcamp, I cringe in fear of something freezing.  Components still do not work and drivers are not out.  Vista forced me to return to Apple after a near 10 year separation and anecdotal evidence shows that it is making many people do the same.

However, to return to the title of this post, Dell, HP and the other PC manufacturers are scared.  Apple sales are growing and, with the iPhone effect + Vista, they are likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future (Windows 7.0 might change this but it is too far away to discuss here).

Why are they scared?  Apple has one thing that those PC manufacturers do not and that they can never reproduce — Apple’s OS Leopard.  Dell, HP and the others can build the best computers in the world but Apple will not allow them to run Leopard on those machines.  Those machines are stuck with Vista (or XP).  As the iPhone, Leopard & Vista have shown, people are drawn to stable software on quality hardware.  Apple has both of these things while Dell and the others only have one.  Apple’s growth can continue unabated while Dell and the other PC guys will decline and they do nothing to stop it. With an enterprise based iPhone coming down the pipe, a less virus prone & crash prone OS, and with consumers snapping up Apple’s for their homes, company’s are going to start to make the switch (as they already have).  When this switch begins to happen in full, Apple will begin to hit at the jugular of PC/Vista sales.

The PC manufacturers are tied to a now sinking (or at least leaking) ship of Vista.  If I were them, I would be scared…

Dear Apple

Dear Apple,

I am pretty much in love with my new Macbook Pro. Unlike many folks out there, I have had few problems with Leopard. Considering how much of my work is now online, I want simple things from a computer. I want it to start-up quickly. I want it to wake-up immediately. I want my programs to work when I need them. My clean install of Vista on my old (but pretty decent computer) couldn’t handle those things. While I am admittedly still in the honey-moon phase of our relationship, I am pretty much smitten. Except for one issue.

I hate the fact that I suddenly care about the looks of my laptop. I hate the fact that I follow every rumor of a Macbook update with part fascination, part excitement, and part jealousy. I hate the fact that I never cared if an upgrade came out for my old computer and I care with you. The moment you upgrade the Macbook Pro, my Porsche BMW of a computer will be outdated. The internals might be nearly identical but everyone who sees my shiny silver Macbook will look down on it. It will no longer be the cool kid on the block.

I also hate that you have become so popular. I was way ahead of the curve with my love of you. I bought into the Mac idea in 1996. You weren’t so hot then but I initially thought I had found a diamond in the ruff. Unfortunately, it took you more years to mature then I could give you. Now I am back. Unfortunately, you are old news. A good 30% of my law school has an Apple (that number is probably much higher in the 1L class compared to the 3L/4L class that I am part of).

I hate that despite all these issues, I still recommend you to everyone I know. Damn.

Until the beach ball becomes permanently frozen and I am forced to use my Vista partition,

Adam

Microsoft numbers and Leopard launch — connection?

Is Microsoft scared of Apple?

Microsoft released their numbers yesterday.  [link].  They were impressive.  Vista is doing better than the blogosphere likes to credit.  Consumers are buying Vista despite its issues — of which I have many.  Office 2007 is great.  I am going to miss it when I return to the dark side by purchasing a Mac.  

Miscrosoft’s release of their numbers is timed exceedingly well — about 48 hours before Leopard launches.  This is enough time for those numbers to filter into the mainstream press and give MS the impression of momentum.  This action reminds me of an article I read the other day about the Obama presidential campaign and how Hilary’s campaign is playing smarter media games [link].  The basic idea was this -Obama planned a major speech on the anniversary of a speech where he denounced 
the Iraq war.

This speech was intended to highlight his differences from the other major candidates.  However, 
Hilary published her fundraising numbers on the same day as Obama’s speech.  Her numbers 
were impressive — just like Microsofts’.  Her announcement swamped any coverage of Obama’s big speech.  The news outlets covered her numbers and gave the impresion that she was pulling away from all of her competitors.  The timing of her announcement was brilliant and was a marketing coup against a smart, nimble, and smaller up-and-coming competitor.  

Sound familiar?  Micorosft just did the same thing to Apple.  It might not work as well as it did for Hilary but it will dampen some of Apple’s mainstream buzz surrounding Leopard’s launch.

Note: I am fully aware of the fact that Apple released their quarterly results a few days ago.  They were also impressive.  Microsoft simply may have had to release their results when they did and they simply fell into good timing.  If they did, lucky day for you, MS!