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Emotional terrorism and censorship

Emotional terrorism and censorship

Speaking up for yourself is hard enough. When others try to silence you through threats of violence and intimidation, what should be the appropriate response? A game developer announced plans this week to withdraw from exhibiting at the upcoming PAX East game conference in Boston, Mass. Giant...
NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

A new Mac app shot to the top of the App Store charts by selling fewer than 100 copies. What does that say about the state of the Mac App Store? Sam Soffes recently released Redacted, a $4.99 Mac app that makes it easy for you to pixelate, blur, or add black bars to images. If you already have...
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...
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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...
NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

NSFW: Apple's benign neglect of the Mac App Store

A new Mac app shot to the top of the App Store charts by selling fewer than 100 copies. What does that say about the state of the Mac App Store? Sam Soffes recently released Redacted, a $4.99 Mac app that makes it easy for you to pixelate, blur, or add black bars to images. If you already have...
NSFW: Learning and unlearning, Taptic panic

NSFW: Learning and unlearning, Taptic panic

Something interesting happened to me this past year: My Mac ceased to have any use for me as a document scanner. The iPhone took it over. Now, in fairness, I don't do any really high-resolution scanning. For me scanning is pure utility: Needing to legibly digitize real-world documents. But it's...
NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

I'm an unabashed fan of mechanical keyboards, so you might assume that I don't like the new tech in the MacBook, but you'd be wrong. I love it. I want to see it everywhere, especially on the desktop. I'm smitten with two parts of the new MacBook: The keyboard and the new trackpad. I'd love to...
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...

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