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NSFW: Putting things in perspective

NSFW: Putting things in perspective

We're only a few hours into Apple Watch pre-order day, and already I want to put my fist through a wall. New Apple product releases have become a sadly predictable affair in watching people desperately trying to get their place in line, only to be disappointed when things don't go their way. I'm...
The Apple Watch: So far so good, but the sky's the limit

The Apple Watch: So far so good, but the sky's the limit

So far the Apple Watch is living up to my expectations. Now I'm raising those expectations. I've had a scant two weeks with the Apple Watch, but it's already changing the way I act — and because of that, the way I feel too. Now I can't wait for watchOS 2.0, because it's going to change...
Saying no to 1,000 things

Saying no to 1,000 things

Can we please focus on Apple's actual strengths and weaknesses, instead of what the company might theoretically, possibly, one day do? The big news earlier this week was that Apple had reportedly punted its plans to make a television set. The report suggested that the company had worked on it...
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Trust no one when it comes to your data, not even Apple

Trust no one when it comes to your data, not even Apple

The integrity of your data is your responsibility, no one else's. If you're depending only on Time Machine to back up your Mac's hard drive, you've failed. If you're depending on iCloud alone to back up the data on your iPhone, your photos, and other important information, you've failed. And if...
No one needs an Apple Watch

No one needs an Apple Watch

You won't find the Apple Watch on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. That doesn't diminish the watch's fundamental utility, though. A funny thing's happened to me a number of times since I started wearing an Apple Watch: I see people staring at my wrist. Inevitably, if I catch their gaze, they'll...
7,800 jobs is nothing to joke about

7,800 jobs is nothing to joke about

A bit of this, a bit of that in this week's NSFW column. Some rants, some raves, and something else too. I'm taking out a bit of time this week to scold my fellow tech journos for their behavior following Microsoft's layoff notices, and I'm also asking them — and some of you — to stop trying to...
Content blockers, bad ads, and what we're doing about it

Content blockers, bad ads, and what we're doing about it

Shortly after WWDC 2015 and the introduction of content blocker extensions for Safari, Dean Murphy put them to the test—using iMore as the example. After turning off all 3rd party scripts, the homepage took 2 seconds to load, down from 11 seconds. Also, the network activity stopped as soon...
Dear iTunes, love Peter

Dear iTunes, love Peter

Tuesday marked the debut of iTunes, 12.2, which adds support for Apple Music to the Mac. I wasn't expecting a major overhaul, but what we got reminded me of just how much iTunes needs a major reworking. And by "major reworking," I mean the whole thing should be taken apart, totally reconsidered...
NSFW: In praise of Mac User Groups (MUGs)

NSFW: In praise of Mac User Groups (MUGs)

The MUG used to be where you went to learn about the Mac. It still is, though the face of the MUG has changed. I got my first Macintosh when I was 15. It was 1985, and the Mac had been out for a little more than a year. It was still pretty new. People (and even Apple) were still trying to figure...
The Apple Watch: So far so good, but the sky's the limit

The Apple Watch: So far so good, but the sky's the limit

So far the Apple Watch is living up to my expectations. Now I'm raising those expectations. I've had a scant two weeks with the Apple Watch, but it's already changing the way I act — and because of that, the way I feel too. Now I can't wait for watchOS 2.0, because it's going to change...
Developers and customers need better communications from Apple

Developers and customers need better communications from Apple

In many ways, Apple is a more open, forthcoming company than it used to be. But in key areas the company is still troublingly closed. I've been making a living with Macs long enough to remember the era before Steve Jobs returned to Apple. It was a bad time: Apple made a lot of poorly...
Saying no to 1,000 things

Saying no to 1,000 things

Can we please focus on Apple's actual strengths and weaknesses, instead of what the company might theoretically, possibly, one day do? The big news earlier this week was that Apple had reportedly punted its plans to make a television set. The report suggested that the company had worked on it...
NSFW: Microsoft doesn't suck, and you don't have to hate it

NSFW: Microsoft doesn't suck, and you don't have to hate it

Microsoft's stumbles with Windows in recent years has created millions of new Mac users. But that doesn't mean you should turn your back on Microsoft. About half the people I sell Macs to in my weekend job at an Apple retailer are new to the Mac platform: They're PC users looking to make the...

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