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 [...]

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 [...]

Electricity in Romania

Here's what I keep saying to every friend and acquaintance who visits my house: you definitely need a voltage stabilizer if you live in Romania. Around midnight last night the current started fluctuating wildly. Our UPS units were going crazy, clicking and kicking on and off, trying to contain the power fluctuations and cutoffs. After [...]

Accountability for Syria

I want to point out a few more things related to my previous post about the Syrian refugees. Things such as the lack of accountability within foreign governments for the actions and strikes they authorized and which have contributed to the severity of the situation in Syria. Here's a video put together by Hans Robling that [...]

Truly sustainable computing

Plenty could be written about this subject. I just want to call for change in two areas, because I believe they'd have the greatest impact here and now: Desktop computers should have a projected life span of 20 years. Laptops and mobile phones should have a projected life span of 10 years. Why 10 years [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]