Originally Posted by analogue900
There's an excellent article over at appleinsider about the history of QuickTime, iTunes, the associated media features and how these things in the end converge with Tiger and Leopard:http://www.appleinsider.com/articles..._features.html
It's probably the best historical technical article I've read about Apple technologies in a long time. There's quite a few historical details in there that are simply amazing; for example that it was Microsoft that, by pressuring Apple about QuickTime, led Apple to buy the Final Cut development team and project from then-Macromedia. There's other ironic twists and turns in there... simply perfect stuff!
There's a not-so-ugly rumor that these AppleInsider articles' author, Prince McLean, is none other than Daniel Eran Dilger of Roughly Drafted
infamy. You can see that he links to all of these AppleInsider articles from RDM (and vice versa). Run to Google and do a search on "Prince McLean" + Dilger,
and you'll see what I mean. There is no legitimate Prince McLean persona that could have accumulated this knowledge.
While I ignore Dilger's commentary about Audio/Visual topics, as he hasn't a clue about issues dear to the audio/video-phile hearts here, he does have a knack with some historical Apple elements. I have always thought that Dilger's writings needed a tough technical editor and fact checker to back them up, and it appears that is what AppleInsider is doing with him and his writings. Nonetheless, unless you want a history lesson with your Leopard analysis, each article is prefaced with a "click to page 3 to read the meat" disclaimer. This is emblematic of Dilger's writing as he inevitably must preface any piece he writes with a history lesson, and a comparative computer platform mashup.
Maybe one day, after he gets all his facts checked, and his histories edited, he'll release a decent book about the history of Apple's rise and fall and rise again, against the onslaught of Microsoft and their evangelist and media corp darlings.
But for contemporary analysis of Apple's strategic and tactical directions, I look elsewhere. A ghost writer is still a ghost writer. If Dilger wants to go legit and mainstream, he needs to answer his critics in a more transparent and humble fashion.