My beautiful green video

My Mac has really been wrung through the wringer lately, and the story I’m about to tell is fairly anticlimactic given the preceding sequence of events. Nevertheless, let me summarize. The story up until now: A number of weeks ago, maybe four, maybe more, my iMac suddenly began powering itself off. Lots of troubleshooting was Read More …

Future security from the past

Anyone remember a former Mac app called Little Flocker, written by Jonathan Zdziarski? I do, because I used to use it. Essentially, it was a program that would block unauthorized file access by programs and processes based on a set of rules that could be modified by the computer owner. Then something funny happened — Read More …

Greater expectations

Federico made a comment on the latest App Stories podcast that expectations around iOS 12 are somewhat low because it’s predicted to be a maintenance release. I disagree, at least about lowered expectations being the correct response to rumors of a bug fix focused iOS release. A simple list of the things that my Pocket Read More …

Bad metrics

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Apple fans used to overwhelmingly reject the idea that marketshare was an indicator of product quality. They had no choice — otherwise they’d have had to accept the argument that Microsoft simply made better things.1 On Friday, John Gruber posted a link to an article he wrote in 2013 Read More …

Free of Grumpiness

Yesterday I wrote about grumpy old Apple users, and about how Apple angered a lot of them by taking iOS apps out of iTunes on the Mac. Rob Griffiths pointed out a solution to this problem on Twitter. It’s called Apple Configurator 2, and it’s available for FREE in the Mac App Store. Configurator 2 Read More …

Old Grumpy

It’s fall, and everyone knows what that means. New iPhones and Apple product announcement events. In recent years, it also means a lot of internet rage over Apple product changes, often from people who consider themselves huge Apple nerds.1 Don’t get me wrong — sometimes the Apple community isn’t critical enough of Apple. I’m all Read More …

Subscription rage

We all choose stupid hills to die on, and I’m no exception. Last week I was really perturbed at the Apple community for always endorsing the public opinion de jour, this time with respect to app subscriptions. Ulysses, you see, announced they were moving their well-regarded writing app for Mac and iOS from one-time pay Read More …

The most boring exciting thing ever

If there is anyone on the planet who overuses the Rorschach test metaphor to describe life, it’s me. And yet, I can’t help but think it is the only way to describe how people view reality. If Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote is the ink blot on the paper, the reality that people see in it Read More …

Taking out the trash and sparking the Imagination

This week we received two pieces of Apple news that could have a noticeable impact on the company and its customers. First, the news that spawned a million horrible headlines, including mine, above: The Mac Pro Lives. Apple did something it doesn’t do very often and held a private roundtable with five journalists yesterday to Read More …

Apple News

David Sparks wrote a post about Apple News today, basically saying what I’ve been thinking myself for a few weeks now. Apple News has come a long way. One huge thing for me is that the sources of news represented in the app are much better than they were when News launched in September of Read More …