• henrystar

    Richard 1:22 pm on May 22, 2016 - 2 days ago

    Banner ad today in the Washington Post web site, and I’ve noticed it seems daily ads in that paper. Does what a dime store wristwatch does just as well! The human mind. What would we do without it?

  • henrystar

    Richard 6:51 pm on May 19, 2016 - 4 days ago

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    conshmillo 7:26 am on May 19, 2016 - 5 days ago

    “I have an iConfession: I hate my iPhone.

    It wasn’t always so. I loved it once and now I hate it the way I can only hate an old flame. I remember the first soft touch of a virtual keyboard in 2009. I pine for my innocent infatuation with the wonder of iTunes.

    Today? I’m mad at the way my apps shut down while in use, at the texts that don’t send, at an iTunes that doesn’t sync. I’m cranky about poky performance, with videos that sometimes take forever to download, if they do at all. (My husband, who also uses an iPhone, doesn’t have this problem, and we use the same network at home, of course.) My overall experience is just … slow.

    What happened to the iPhone I loved?”


    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:17 am on May 20, 2016 4 days ago

      I’m sure Trump will fix it!
      [no, not really.]

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    conshmillo 7:41 am on May 18, 2016 - 6 days ago

    Hey guys this is going to be a monster car since they have now Franz von Holzhausen heading design!


    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:15 am on May 20, 2016 4 days ago

      Wow, that’s cool. Little surprised they’d go there now, before they’ve really buttoned up the E and the 3.
      (hope I have those right.)

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    piero 11:43 pm on May 17, 2016 - 6 days ago

    Don’t know if you red Buffet recently at Berkshire annual meeting, but after that I said to myself: here is a guy that say things I use to write about Wall Street Gangs!!

    From WSJ : “… , the danger of derivatives and the heavy use of debt by private-equity firms….”
    Bloody derivatives!!

    “Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?,” by Fred Schwed. The title comes from the story of a visitor to New York who was admiring all the nice boats in the harbor, and was told that they belonged to Wall Street bankers. He naively asked where the bankers’ clients kept their boats. The answer: They couldn’t afford them.

    The article is lovely and some bits of Buffet speech are hilarious but serious.
    I know the Boss here doesn’t like critics on WS gangs, but here we are and is not a no one as I am, it’s Mr Buffet the king! And despite his contradictions, I’m happy to hear those things coming out from his mouth!
    Recommend reading it and find the whole transcriptions maybe!

    • piero

      piero 11:53 pm on May 17, 2016 6 days ago

      I missed the phrase before the derivative thinh, it was ” he’s criticized the tactics of activist shareholders,…”
      That’s for you bloody iCahn! ;-) And also for the ones who paid attention to him at Apple: Cook and friends…

    • piero

      piero 10:52 pm on May 18, 2016 5 days ago

      Hey I forgot to mention: He’s at Apple now with just 1 bilion… ;-)

  • henrystar

    Richard 7:46 pm on May 17, 2016 - 6 days ago

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    Richard 10:04 pm on May 14, 2016 - 9 days ago

    Who would have thought that the Apple Car would turn out to be a Chinese Taxi?

    • piero

      piero 11:44 pm on May 17, 2016 6 days ago

      Not me at all…!
      Not even Steve I guess…

    • henrystar

      Richard 9:52 am on May 18, 2016 6 days ago

      I read subsequently something about using it as an opportunity to develop and road test driverless cars. I hope that is true!

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    conshmillo 6:22 am on May 13, 2016 - 11 days ago

    Visitors to one of the most popular Apple news sites is decreasing.


    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 8:11 am on May 14, 2016 10 days ago

      I rarely go there anymore but I think it has more to do with the site than interest in Apple news. The site has always been unfriendly to Mac haters, but as Jonny Ive started doing UI and as Apple began to lose it’s way, it became a place that was intolerant of dissenting ideas on what Apple did. Ironic that back when Apple users were a smaller more persecuted group, the Apple tent was bigger, and more tollerant and intellectual. Now days, not so much.
      The other big factor is the website itself. Around the same time they started experimenting with the site design quite a bit. Subtle stuff, but kind of annoying. The site has gone through many changes but at times it became hard to read (illegible) and harder to use (UI/X.) Recently (not sure how recently since I probably only end up visiting every 2-3 months now) they have changed their underlying engine for their discussion boards, which has apparently also caused a lot of usability problems. One can’t cruise through the postings nearly as quickly and easily now.
      So less novel and usable info that’s also harder to access.
      Oh yeah. It’s also wandered further away from reporting and information and moved more toward a rumor and click-bait oriented philosophy—the whole internet is becoming like FaceBook and TMZ.

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    conshmillo 12:29 am on May 12, 2016 - 12 days ago

    “I once used iTunes to organize albums, bootlegs, demos, and deep cuts—until it made that nearly impossible. Will Apple Music finish the job?”


    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 12:29 am on May 12, 2016 12 days ago

      Bravo Jony!

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 10:10 pm on May 12, 2016 11 days ago

      Yeah. I hate to say it but iTunes has become pretty unusable.
      “Unusable” isn’t an exaggeration. I literally don’t know how to make it do some things anymore (things I used to do without a thought in the past) and some things literally don’t work as they are supposed to anymore (music and video sharing are a mess.)
      I guess they decided if you don’t opt in to their monthly fee scheme, you can just F-off and die.
      Anyone have any good options (I messed around with PLEX for a long time but finally uninstalled it. So many open source projects are neglected on the Mac. It may be hard to do on the Mac as structural things seem to be constantly changing and getting broken.)

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 1:19 am on May 13, 2016 11 days ago

        This seems to have best reviews…

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 1:37 am on May 13, 2016 11 days ago

        btw. I do not buy songs throughs them. I pretty much live on Pandora at home and good old CDs in the car. I am not going to buy probably any of their new PowerBooks either for the omission of CD/DVD drive. I don’t think it is obsolete at all. It’s the same coercion into using their overpriced media downloads. Since Ive is sticking his pink nose into electric cars, maybe Elon could come up with Tesla OS.

        • JPWatkins

          JPWatkins 8:25 am on May 14, 2016 10 days ago

          Thanks, I’ll check out swinsian.
          Ditto on CD/DVD.
          Streaming is fine for casual listening, but I’m not buying MP4s from anyone. I’d rather convert from a CD myself than buy a digital file of unknown quality (I actually mostly use Apple Lossless format). I like to hear things on a nice stereo or quality headphones after all . Apparently this is something hardly anyone under 35 ever does anymore.

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 10:20 pm on May 12, 2016 11 days ago

      Oh and this has nothing to do with anything, but maybe funny, so I’m putting it here:

      ArnoldC—A programming language based on the one liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger

      If you like/know some programming the read me file at GitHub is amusing.
      (Amazing what one runs into on the internet.)

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 1:10 am on May 13, 2016 11 days ago

        Now that’s hilarious :-)

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 10:26 pm on May 17, 2016 6 days ago

      Another wacky Apple thing I just discovered. I’ve been having problems with AirDrop since day one. Guess what? I finally found some specs for airdrop and the secret information?— it only work on some Macs made before 2013 and none (usually) from before 2012. This is despite the fact that it is built upon standard WiFi and Bluetooth framework!? Remarkably, AirDrop is nonetheless visible in the OS whether or not it actually works on that machine. And strangely enough, sometimes aspects of it work (mostly) a small portion of the time. Handoff seems to (mostly) work on my mid 2011 iMac.

      This seems like a combination of just very poor execution and very poor communication of features and compatibility.

      What a way to delight your clients! :-)

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    conshmillo 5:30 am on May 2, 2016 - 22 days ago

    I updated my MacBook Pro hard drive to SSD. I am extremely happy with the change. My computer is literally faster than when I bought it. Essentially it feels like a new computer. If anyone is interested use a guide below.


    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 11:18 pm on May 5, 2016 18 days ago

      I planned to do this from the time I bought my computer, but so far have not. Considering how pathetically slow the last few systems upgrades have made it (now on el cap) it seems like a good time to do it now [it's a late 2011 27" 3.7Ghz core i7 iMac.]
      If I do it, I plan to put only the system and applications on the SSD. And even more importantly, not make it a a hybrid drive (very unlikely one could recover a crashed hybrid drive, other than erasing it and starting over.)

    • piero

      piero 11:48 pm on May 17, 2016 6 days ago

      I was planning either but after I saw the guide for the 21.5″ version of yours I stepped back! I’ve done successfully in Mac and Powerbook, but I’m terrified of the glass problem with iMac!

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