More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

In 2009, I wrote a post entitled "Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania". In 2011, after a couple more years in the country, I wrote another post entitled "Rampant piracy in Romania". The end of 2017 is practically here, I've been in the country for nine years and I can now say … Continue reading More thoughts on computer piracy in Romania

My thoughts on Apple’s iPhone CPU throttling

Updated 12/29/17: Apple has posted an official response to this issue on their website. It's the right response. Everyone's chiming in on this issue so I'm not going to rehash it, but I do have a practical suggestion that addresses it. You know what's going on: older iPhones with older batteries tend to run slow … Continue reading My thoughts on Apple’s iPhone CPU throttling

Idiosyncracies at Apple

Why is iTunes being used as the sync hub for all media and mobile apps? Do you remember iSync? It was the app that Apple made specifically for syncing devices to their computers. It worked pretty nicely to sync contacts and calendars from the Mac to a mobile phone (this was before the iPhone came … Continue reading Idiosyncracies at Apple

Tablets not quite ready for mainstream computing

The new tablet from Apple, the iPad Pro, which comes in two sizes as of this year, is quite impressive. I'm sure they're fast, and the addition of a stylus for more precise control is an interesting and fitting choice (which also hearkens back to the first tablets Microsoft made, years and years ago). Apple's … Continue reading Tablets not quite ready for mainstream computing

White keyboards and cleanliness

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Back when Apple came out with white keyboards, I was annoyed. I appreciated the white aesthetic, the clean design, but they got dirty so quickly. Within a few weeks of normal use with clean hands, there was a visible layer of grime on the keys used most. It was like a heat map drawn with … Continue reading White keyboards and cleanliness

Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

This is one of those posts I don't enjoy writing but this must be said. I have a mid-2011 27" iMac (with AppleCare). It has now broken down three times for the very same problem (its video card goes bad). Other things on it also broke down, like the SuperDrive. Bottom line: Apple has refused … Continue reading Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

How to create a Fusion Drive on a mid-2011 iMac

Yes, you can enable Fusion Drive on older Macs. I'm not sure how this method will work with Macs older than 2011, but I know for sure that it works on mid-2011 iMacs, and quite possibly on other Macs made since then. I have just completed this process for my iMac and I thought it would … Continue reading How to create a Fusion Drive on a mid-2011 iMac