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Archival Backup: All backup methodologies are... 1,612 Views / 48 Replies  
Archival Backup:
All backup methodologies are subject to failure over time. Hard-copy backups like DVD or BD make zero sense, because they just take far, far too much time and effort to routinely...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jun 28, 2016 at 01:54 AM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Are you seriously that unaware? 1)... 1,207 Views / 14 Replies  
Are you seriously that unaware?

1) Encryption is no different than locking your car trunk with your camera system inside. There _are_ bad guys out there who _will_ steal your camera (or your data)...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jun 14, 2016 at 08:20 PM, in Mac News
This is why nations need to be secular. Otherwise... 253 Views / 2 Replies  
This is why nations need to be secular. Otherwise some majority religion will become abusive, as in Iran. Look at great scientists like Galileo convicted of heresy by Christian politics for failing...
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM, in Mac News
I sure as hell hope the Q4 forecast is wrong, we... 2,262 Views / 12 Replies  
I sure as hell hope the Q4 forecast is wrong, we were hoping for WWDC announcement. Skylake MBPs are already way overdue and my associate has been just nursing her old MBP along waiting for the...
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 25, 2016 at 11:58 AM, in Mac News
Nice prices _if_ one chooses not to wait for new... 1,288 Views / 11 Replies  
Nice prices _if_ one chooses not to wait for new Skylake MBPs which are very likely within 45 days or so.
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 18, 2016 at 11:37 AM, in Mac News
To those folks who whine about the cost of... 1,221 Views / 7 Replies  
To those folks who whine about the cost of upgrading: simply do not upgrade.

I have been using FM since the beginning and over the decades have often skipped version upgrades until some...
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 18, 2016 at 02:17 AM, in Mac News
I do not know what you mean exactly, because in... 1,221 Views / 7 Replies  
I do not know what you mean exactly, because in any database records are just records, not "sorted." However in FMP it has always been easy enough to make any layout select and sort any data...
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 18, 2016 at 01:58 AM, in Mac News
Agreed. My business associate and I are both just... 1,854 Views / 7 Replies  
Agreed. My business associate and I are both just waiting for Skylake to upgrade to new MBPs.
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 5, 2016 at 08:41 PM, in Mac Notebooks
It seems that forcing someone to use personal... 1,114 Views / 9 Replies  
It seems that forcing someone to use personal biology to release private information would be a Fifth Amendment violation. Especially since in all these instances the govt is by definition fishing. ...
Posted by SierraDragon, on May 2, 2016 at 11:01 PM, in Mac News
The biggest limitation of Apple Watch is its... 306 Views / 3 Replies  
The biggest limitation of Apple Watch is its inability to fully stand alone. Apple has to be moving to standalone watch operation. My bet would be that the next Apple Watch version will largely stand...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 23, 2016 at 09:07 PM, in Mac News
Thank you Sanjiv for the good review. 311 Views / 5 Replies  
Thank you Sanjiv for the good review.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:35 AM, in Mac News
Thank you Sanjiv for the good review. I... 311 Views / 5 Replies  
Thank you Sanjiv for the good review.


I am a photog, and Samsung in the past has (to my eyes/brain) tended toward excessive color saturation and contrast, enough so to make me cringe. Many folks...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:34 AM, in Mac News
What Charles said. Courts allow LEOs to lie... 426 Views / 7 Replies  
What Charles said.

Courts allow LEOs to lie to suspects. It is perhaps no wonder that LEOs lie to citizens as a matter of course, all the time. It is who they are.

Indiana State Police Captain...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 20, 2016 at 12:44 AM, in Mac News
I am waiting for highest-end Skylake. Any... 1,397 Views / 17 Replies  
I am waiting for highest-end Skylake. Any thoughts on Skylake MBPs? Rumors?
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 19, 2016 at 05:48 PM, in Mac News
Right on about ports on laptops, _especially_ the... 824 Views / 6 Replies  
Right on about ports on laptops, _especially_ the MBP. I will update my 17" i7 matte-display MBP in a hot second to Apple's top Skylake laptop, but if - and only IF - the top MBP has the good...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM, in Mac News
Inkling has not an inkling of a clue. Apple... 356 Views / 5 Replies  
Inkling has not an inkling of a clue. Apple cooperated with hundreds, probably thousands, of FBI requests and court orders, including related to the San Bernardino case. Apple (IMO correctly)...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 9, 2016 at 01:37 PM, in Mac News
I am personally unfamiliar with the external... 1,854 Views / 7 Replies  
I am personally unfamiliar with the external display performance of the latest "lighter notebooks" but in the past many lower end laptops have had poor performance driving external displays. My...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Apr 1, 2016 at 02:18 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks for the review of the Urbanears Hellas.... 324 Views / 2 Replies  
Thanks for the review of the Urbanears Hellas. Please comment on how well the built-in mic either works or does not work for answering calls.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:08 PM, in Mac News
Note that breakout boxes are available from folks... 1,854 Views / 7 Replies  
Note that breakout boxes are available from folks like Matrox http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/# that allow up to three external displays if you need to exceed the external display...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Mar 22, 2016 at 04:54 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I went from Mac Pro plus Powerbook to solely a... 1,854 Views / 7 Replies  
I went from Mac Pro plus Powerbook to solely a 17" matter display 2011 Macbook Pro driving a 24" Viewsonic display. I made the move because a fully safe Aperture (now killed by Apple; damn) workflow...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Mar 22, 2016 at 04:42 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Thanks guys for your commentary. I have been... 186 Views / 1 Replies  
Thanks guys for your commentary. I have been building Filemaker business apps for decades, and am currently working at building the Mac/iPad/iPhone/Cloud databasing process into workable. What other...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Mar 22, 2016 at 11:55 AM, in Mac News
My early 2011 17" MBP was just repaired for free... 2,713 Views / 32 Replies  
My early 2011 17" MBP was just repaired for free last week under the GPU replacement program. And not just a GPU but allegedly the full mobo.

Thanks to Mike W. for commenting because I had no idea...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Mar 5, 2016 at 04:43 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I went to the White House petition and read the... 336 Views / 6 Replies  
I went to the White House petition and read the Privacy Guidelines. Just to sign in for the petition means all your submitted info becomes public domain.

That kind of makes it a non-petition...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Feb 18, 2016 at 08:57 PM, in Mac News
MacNN please add explanation regarding your entry... 733 Views / 10 Replies  
MacNN please add explanation regarding your entry statement "...by creating a tool to bypass iOS security measures." That sounds like quite a bad thing for MS to do and clearly needs further...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Feb 18, 2016 at 11:37 AM, in Mac News
That is a very good question. I don't know the... 2,908 Views / 84 Replies  
That is a very good question. I don't know the answer but have both new and classic sites bookmarked in my toolbar and I will alternate between them to see if the comfort level changes over time as I...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Feb 14, 2016 at 02:42 PM, in Mac News
Frankly I think that may not be a good choice... 2,908 Views / 84 Replies  
Frankly I think that may not be a good choice even though I believe I know why you make it.

1) The new Layout
I have read MacNN daily and thoroughly for many years; it even used to be my home...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Feb 14, 2016 at 11:38 AM, in Mac News
Mac Project and Aperture. Two apps that I had... 2,647 Views / 32 Replies  
Mac Project and Aperture. Two apps that I had totally integrated into a professional workflow and Apple just rudely killed. Not good.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jan 11, 2016 at 08:49 PM, in Mac News
Yes my MBP does have an EC/34 slot that I used... 2,713 Views / 32 Replies  
Yes my MBP does have an EC/34 slot that I used with a CF adapter to upload large batches of RAW files from a Nikon D2x and from a Nikon D3. I was a big EC/34 proponent but I have found EC/34 usage to...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jan 8, 2016 at 08:46 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Mohamed Shugaa is an idiot. He gives a 7-year-old... 2,697 Views / 24 Replies  
Mohamed Shugaa is an idiot. He gives a 7-year-old child full access to an online credit card account and then blames Apple? The guy must be as dumb as the child - - but the child is only seven so he...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jan 2, 2016 at 07:55 AM, in Mac News
All I want Apple to do is release a maxxed out... 2,713 Views / 32 Replies  
All I want Apple to do is release a maxxed out discreet-graphics 45w Skylake MBP with a 15" or larger display that has minimal glare, and they can have my money.

Apple's alternative is to...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Jan 1, 2016 at 09:47 AM, in Mac Notebooks
IMO key for Apple will be to make a 5-sized phone... 1,224 Views / 4 Replies  
IMO key for Apple will be to make a 5-sized phone with most if not all of the essential tech advancements of the 6s, and lose the brand positioning of the smaller-sized model as being lower-end. It...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 30, 2015 at 09:29 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Github says we can exchange an Airport Extreme... 2,713 Views / 32 Replies  
Github says we can exchange an Airport Extreme card (BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX) into the 2011 MBP and get Handoff to work. That seems preferable to me to a dongle with their apparent driver issues that vary...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 29, 2015 at 03:58 PM, in Mac Notebooks
I have an upgraded 17" 2011 MBP, and once you... 2,713 Views / 32 Replies  
I have an upgraded 17" 2011 MBP, and once you have SSD and 16 GB RAM upgrade further hardware changes are not really the issue. Although the processing remains strong the box's architecture and...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 28, 2015 at 10:27 PM, in Mac Notebooks
"reject the notion that tech companies should... 1,480 Views / 10 Replies  
"reject the notion that tech companies should refuse reasonable, lawful access requests" is just wrong. Because it means that some law enforcement officer and some Blackberry employee are secretly...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 18, 2015 at 09:04 AM, in Mac News
Well, my opinion is that the iPad Pro is a nice... 941 Views / 15 Replies  
Well, my opinion is that the iPad Pro is a nice device with nice tech (the Pencil's operation is sweet) but it is too big and heavy for my personal tablet usage, just like the original iPad (I owned...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 7, 2015 at 02:54 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Dead for years but Adobe and lazy designers kept... 1,046 Views / 7 Replies  
Dead for years but Adobe and lazy designers kept Flash mucking up the internet.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Dec 2, 2015 at 02:41 PM, in Applications
I really could use that capability implemented... 1,281 Views / 12 Replies  
I really could use that capability implemented well but found the original iPad (same ~1.5 pound weight as the Pro) too heavy for walkaround tablet usage. I now have a 1-pound iPad Air and the weight...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:29 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Shipped 1,506 Views / 12 Replies  
Last night I received notice that the ATV ordered on Oct 26th has shipped and is scheduled for Nov 2 delivery.

-Allen
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 30, 2015 at 02:51 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
Sweet! I am in. This will fix _all_ that is lame... 558 Views / 6 Replies  
Sweet! I am in. This will fix _all_ that is lame about my 2011 17" MBP.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 AM, in Mac News
Wow, you guys amaze me considering a 13" as... 1,609 Views / 17 Replies  
Wow, you guys amaze me considering a 13" as having extra screen real estate. Here I am wanting a 17" true desktop replacement box and willing to carry 6.6 pounds to achieve that like I do now, but...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 25, 2015 at 12:55 PM, in Mac Notebooks
The airline industry has decreased customer... 237 Views / 3 Replies  
The airline industry has decreased customer service every decade for 50 years: less service, more arrogant employees, poorer and poorer food (or none at all), more hidden fees, poorer and poorer...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM, in Mac News
IMO maintaining a strong, current MP and top MBP... 2,479 Views / 35 Replies  
IMO maintaining a strong, current MP and top MBP are important for Apple even if the market sizes are cost-ineffective small.

Apple's brand is all about being the "best," and to maintain that...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 15, 2015 at 01:02 PM, in Mac News
The increased strength of other computers in... 2,479 Views / 35 Replies  
The increased strength of other computers in general shrunk the Mac Pro market space.

In my personal case I stopped buying Mac Pros when the top Macbook Pro became a full-on desktop-replacement...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 15, 2015 at 12:40 PM, in Mac News
Personally I am waiting for Skylake in a retina... 1,488 Views / 7 Replies  
Personally I am waiting for Skylake in a retina MBP to upgrade from my 17" MBP.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 13, 2015 at 04:45 PM, in Mac News
Me! I would replace my i7 17" MBP in a... 1,714 Views / 4 Replies  
Me!

I would replace my i7 17" MBP in a heartbeat, even though it is heavily upgraded; just to get more modern architecture, especially the ability to run Handoff well.

All Apple needs to do is...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 11, 2015 at 04:14 PM, in Mac Notebooks
Inkling take your right-wingnut commentary to the... 424 Views / 6 Replies  
Inkling take your right-wingnut commentary to the Lounge. That is the proper place to express (IMO sicko) support for bigot Christian small business owners.
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 10, 2015 at 11:01 AM, in Mac News
New Apple TV Availability? 1,506 Views / 12 Replies  
Are there any expectations as to when we may be able to purchase the new Apple TV?

-Allen
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 4, 2015 at 12:52 PM, in Consumer Hardware & Components
I have now been using the 6s since Friday... 4,874 Views / 137 Replies  
I have now been using the 6s since Friday morning. My observations:

1) The 6s with iOS 9 is hella fast and smooth, a huge upgrade from my 5s. And the camera is substantially improved. Journalists...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Oct 1, 2015 at 05:20 PM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
Will iOS and OS X eventually converge, as the... 368 Views / 7 Replies  
Will iOS and OS X eventually converge, as the capabilities of Apple's A-series chips continues to rapidly accelerate?

Sort of, but NOT in the Win 8/10 model. The ergonomics of desktop and mobile...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Sep 24, 2015 at 01:09 PM, in Mac News
I am still evaluating the whole upper/lower case... 4,528 Views / 80 Replies  
I am still evaluating the whole upper/lower case thing. Either way it is reportedly easy to turn l/c characters off, but I like to give a new approach a chance for a while so I will leave it on on...
Posted by SierraDragon, on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:36 AM, in iPhone, iPad & iPod
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