Five of Ten

Mac OS X is now five years old.

In many ways much of what reigns true from 1984’s Macintosh experience still reigns true today. But since X came along, so much has changed, and so much for the better.

I almost never like to heap praise on Steve Jobs. He gets plenty of fanatic praise, and criticism, from elsewhere. But Ars Technica’s John Siracusa pointed this out, which just made me grin:

In retrospect, it seems almost ridiculously implausible that Apple’s prodigal son, thrown out of the company in 1985, would spend the next twelve years toiling away in relative obscurity on technology that would literally save the company upon his return. (Oh, and he also converted an orphaned visual effects technology lab into the most powerful animation studio in the US‚Äîin his spare time, one presumes.)

Nice work, Mr. Jobs.