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Thanks to all the MacNN staff over the years. As... 11,650 Views / 75 Replies  
Thanks to all the MacNN staff over the years. As WiseWeasel and many others have already said, you will certainly be sorely missed.
Posted by panjandrum, on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:26 PM, in Mac News
Let me say that I agree 100% that individual... 480 Views / 6 Replies  
Let me say that I agree 100% that individual users are responsible for their data. But spending my days working with "joe user" I can tell you that there is a massive general-public misconception of...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 29, 2016 at 11:54 AM, in Mac News
I agree that this is very sad to see. I've been... 4,952 Views / 135 Replies  
I agree that this is very sad to see. I've been reading MacNN steadily for so many years it is hard to imagine it not being here. There are still a handful of actual, useful, Mac-centric sites. Let's...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM, in Mac News
A touch-sensitive bar would just make the... 417 Views / 5 Replies  
A touch-sensitive bar would just make the function keys harder to use. There is a reason why buttons work well (Muscle memory, tactile feedback that you are in the right place. Heck, just see how...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM, in Mac News
What will make the difference, ultimately, is if... 1,437 Views / 9 Replies  
What will make the difference, ultimately, is if Apple so consistently ties their other software updates / upgrades to specific versions of the OS. That's fundamentally more of a problem than the OS...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 16, 2016 at 09:29 AM, in Mac News
Thanks again for this. It's great to see this on... 969 Views / 11 Replies  
Thanks again for this. It's great to see this on a prominent Mac news site. (For those trying this on the 1,1; it's not a terribly difficult process, but it requires patience. Even then, sometimes...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 9, 2016 at 02:11 PM, in Mac News
Very nice article again. Thanks! 999 Views / 9 Replies  
Very nice article again. Thanks!
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 7, 2016 at 07:12 PM, in Mac News
While I do understand that it's the 32bit EFI,... 1,156 Views / 12 Replies  
While I do understand that it's the 32bit EFI, there are plenty of other ways Apple can prevent whichever OS versions they wish from being (easily) installed. Regardless, the fact that this can be...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 3, 2016 at 10:40 AM, in Mac News
Very cool article. Can't wait to see more. Still... 1,156 Views / 12 Replies  
Very cool article. Can't wait to see more. Still on a 1,1 myself as my powerhouse workhorse (upgraded video card, SSD, internal raid array, etc) and have postponed upgrades to El Capitan anyway due...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 2, 2016 at 02:18 PM, in Mac News
Thanks for the nice review of this product. It... 162 Views / 4 Replies  
Thanks for the nice review of this product. It deserves recognition. I discovered it a couple years ago and haven't looked back. It's a great, relatively easy to use, powerful image-editor. I find...
Posted by panjandrum, on Jun 1, 2016 at 03:34 PM, in Mac News
Overall I expect they will be happier with the... 268 Views / 5 Replies  
Overall I expect they will be happier with the MacBook Airs. As much as I like iPads, Apple did a very poor job helping to get them integrated properly into school environments; with buggy/limited...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 23, 2016 at 01:05 PM, in Mac News
Chromebooks are really a mixed bag. I've only... 522 Views / 6 Replies  
Chromebooks are really a mixed bag. I've only occasionally used them, but the one I time I set one up for a user it was incredibly easy - far, far easier than setting up a Mac would have been (and...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 20, 2016 at 01:06 PM, in Mac News
It will be great to see what alternatives you... 522 Views / 6 Replies  
It will be great to see what alternatives you come up with. I'm sure you won't forget Stream to Me / Serve to Me since you've already reviewed that product here in the past That's the way I deal with...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 19, 2016 at 10:48 AM, in Mac News
Agree with Inkling here 100%. I've been using FFB... 289 Views / 3 Replies  
Agree with Inkling here 100%. I've been using FFB technologies developed by Immersion for years (racing sim wheels), and they are a legit company doing a great job. The tech they've managed to...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 7, 2016 at 07:43 PM, in Mac News
@ruud - Cellular referred to in this way means a... 234 Views / 5 Replies  
@ruud - Cellular referred to in this way means a cellular data connection (think "ability to browse the internet anywhere and not worry about wifi"). As pointed out this is something Apple doesn't...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 5, 2016 at 12:12 PM, in Mac News
I absolutely HATE tap to click on anything. I'm... 394 Views / 5 Replies  
I absolutely HATE tap to click on anything. I'm simply rely far too much on tactile (REAL, not faked) feedback for that (I also prefer VERY good keyboards, for example.) I actually have a hard time...
Posted by panjandrum, on May 3, 2016 at 12:11 AM, in Mac News
Yeah, this will almost certainly be my next... 341 Views / 4 Replies  
Yeah, this will almost certainly be my next phone. Was already told there would likely be a considerable wait unless I wanted one of the undesirable colors (i.e. the wait was shorter for pink or...
Posted by panjandrum, on Apr 27, 2016 at 03:09 PM, in Mac News
Just a couple very quick comments; a)... 1,275 Views / 27 Replies  
Just a couple very quick comments;

a) Unfortunately, while a reasonably well-written article, it just proves once again that fanboys almost never know that they are fanboys. If it is a subject you...
Posted by panjandrum, on Apr 21, 2016 at 02:21 PM, in Mac News
Just happened across this review of the Rift on... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
Just happened across this review of the Rift on cnet. Worth a read.

http://www.cnet.com/special-reports/oculus-rift-review/

They mention a lot of companies; Facebook, Microsoft, Google,...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 28, 2016 at 02:44 PM, in Mac News
You know, I was thinking how a lot of the anti-VR... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
You know, I was thinking how a lot of the anti-VR arguments here sound strangely familiar. I clearly remember another fairly recent new piece of technology that was widely panned by the industry;...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 24, 2016 at 02:01 PM, in Mac News
I'm sure that eventually we will see a merging of... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
I'm sure that eventually we will see a merging of many of these technologies, like the equipment you can already buy or make to get basic VR by wearing your phone in front of your eyes, and maybe if...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 21, 2016 at 10:08 PM, in Mac News
An apropos comment from the Woz at Silicon Valley... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
An apropos comment from the Woz at Silicon Valley Comic Con:

"[VR] is an experience very much like what we feel like when we delve into a comic book or a movie," he said. "You have to suspend your...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 20, 2016 at 09:33 AM, in Mac News
The estimates of how much a VR-capable PC costs... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
The estimates of how much a VR-capable PC costs mentioned in some of these comments are not accurate. You can easily find a box completely within the recommended specs of, for example, the Rift, for...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 17, 2016 at 02:17 PM, in Mac News
The short answer is quite simply "yes." This is... 1,448 Views / 24 Replies  
The short answer is quite simply "yes." This is "the next big thing". Some of us already knew that and have been doing stereoscopic gaming for years (without the goggles and head-tracking) as an...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 16, 2016 at 01:26 PM, in Mac News
@no1bass; What you want in that case is a... 759 Views / 10 Replies  
@no1bass; What you want in that case is a bootable, installed copy, of the OS, NOT an OS installer. Not hard to do. Basically just buy a good fast USB 3.0 thumb drive (at today's prices might as well...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 15, 2016 at 01:26 PM, in Mac News
I too have used diskmakerx for this function with... 759 Views / 10 Replies  
I too have used diskmakerx for this function with excellent success. Seems to work well and is easy to use.
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 14, 2016 at 08:25 PM, in Mac News
Obligatory typo-corrections: "...I'm not... 236 Views / 5 Replies  
Obligatory typo-corrections: "...I'm not personally interested in..."
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:07 PM, in Mac News
Thanks for this great comparison. While it's... 236 Views / 5 Replies  
Thanks for this great comparison. While it's purely subjective on my part, I really love that the Samsung looks like a real watch rather than a tiny wrist-worn computer like the Apple Watch. It's a...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:06 PM, in Mac News
People are starting to notice that Apple's... 1,543 Views / 27 Replies  
People are starting to notice that Apple's problem isn't just software, it's hardware (overheating, new MacPro is a joke, etc.) It's sad to see that the company which used to produce such all-around...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 4, 2016 at 09:34 PM, in Mac News
This is great news. I've historically avoided WD... 330 Views / 4 Replies  
This is great news. I've historically avoided WD drives for a number of reasons (un-removable partitions on external drives, extremely slow external-drive performance, etc.) Looks like maybe it is...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:26 PM, in Mac News
Still waiting for an "edit" button: That should... 299 Views / 2 Replies  
Still waiting for an "edit" button: That should be "Over the past year I've seen a HUGE uptick in the amount Mac malware which is actually managing to get itself installed."
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM, in Mac News
Thanks for this review. It's nice to at least... 299 Views / 2 Replies  
Thanks for this review. It's nice to at least have an idea of what to avoid. IMHO I think it would be great for MacNN to do a comparison of all major anti-malware applications for the Mac.

I've...
Posted by panjandrum, on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:22 PM, in Mac News
It's also possible that AT&T in your area may be... 1,328 Views / 21 Replies  
It's also possible that AT&T in your area may be throttling certain types of traffic, regardless of what they tell you.

Comcast certainly does this with their upstream speeds, for example. In my...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 26, 2016 at 07:43 PM, in Networking
A couple other features I used that were removed... 760 Views / 6 Replies  
A couple other features I used that were removed (off the top of my head - some apply to Pages as well): Ability to use an image as the background for an entire table (it would span all cells):...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 26, 2016 at 04:00 PM, in Mac News
Unfortunately Apple removed features which I used... 760 Views / 6 Replies  
Unfortunately Apple removed features which I used all the time from both Keynote and Pages, rendering them 100% useless to me. I'm not talking about strange, weird, or advanced features either. I'm...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 25, 2016 at 09:24 PM, in Mac News
Not to nitpick (well, OK, it's a nitpick, I admit... 2,195 Views / 16 Replies  
Not to nitpick (well, OK, it's a nitpick, I admit it). The new MacPro is in no way a perfect example of what Apple built in Steve's heyday. It's the opposite. In Steve's heyday the MacPro was a...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 22, 2016 at 04:20 PM, in Mac Desktops
Unfortunately this simply shows us that the Apple... 1,543 Views / 27 Replies  
Unfortunately this simply shows us that the Apple execs and software engineers should not be Apple's execs and software engineers. They are obviously the type of undiscerning sort that historically...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 19, 2016 at 02:32 PM, in Mac News
The need to extend this to additional iMac models... 295 Views / 4 Replies  
The need to extend this to additional iMac models as well. I'm seeing consistent issues with baked GPUs on iMacs for which Apple has no extended repair program.
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 19, 2016 at 02:14 PM, in Mac News
It is what you want it to be. 7,579 Views / 203 Replies  
Bethesda games are buggy. Period. If you can't live with that you don't want any Bethesda title. And, they often lack the purely graphical capabilities that you find in other modern engines. BUT, the...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 19, 2016 at 01:16 AM, in Gaming
This is great news and a good compromise for... 245 Views / 2 Replies  
This is great news and a good compromise for Apple to take (getting the phones to work again; refunding money, but not re-enabling the touch-id on these phones). Maybe in the future they can just...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 18, 2016 at 10:51 PM, in Mac News
I have seen one of the new so-called MacPros,... 2,195 Views / 16 Replies  
I have seen one of the new so-called MacPros, ever, in an Apple store. On the other hand, I still see a ton of the real MacPros, and experienced a small panic-purchase frenzy among clients when the...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 18, 2016 at 12:23 PM, in Mac Desktops
Interestingly, I think you have that backwards... 2,036 Views / 28 Replies  
Interestingly, I think you have that backwards (IIRC, this is from an NPR program about a year back): Speaking about the government of the United States, for the most part older people, born before...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 17, 2016 at 05:33 PM, in Mac News
It goes to show just how out-of-touch government... 2,036 Views / 28 Replies  
It goes to show just how out-of-touch government entities can be that they would even request this. Apple basically can't give in on this, regardless of any moral or ethical implications, as it could...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 17, 2016 at 01:45 PM, in Mac News
I noticed a good relatively balanced writeup... 1,065 Views / 16 Replies  
I noticed a good relatively balanced writeup here:

Why Can't You Repair an iPhone? - Bloomberg View (http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-02-15/why-can-t-you-repair-an-iphone)
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:26 PM, in Mac News
I noticed a good relatively balanced writeup... 325 Views / 3 Replies  
I noticed a good relatively balanced writeup here:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-02-15/why-can-t-you-repair-an-iphone
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM, in Mac News
Update 1,328 Views / 19 Replies  
I was working on two systems this weekend, both with failed Seagate external drives less than 2 years old. One was getting media read failures (172 sector read failures over 160ish GB of data...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 16, 2016 at 12:17 PM, in Mac News
In hopes of heading off the "patent troll"... 241 Views / 5 Replies  
In hopes of heading off the "patent troll" comments we might see; Immersion is a legit company behind a LOT of the "haptic feedback" in both basic (console controllers) and advanced devices (I play a...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 12, 2016 at 02:54 PM, in Mac News
Wow, those examples are stunning. Thanks for the... 305 Views / 5 Replies  
Wow, those examples are stunning. Thanks for the review. I haven't really played with fractal software since clear back in the Atari ST/TT & Commodore Amiga days. When those platforms more or less...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 12, 2016 at 02:49 PM, in Mac News
I expect it would very easy to design a good,... 570 Views / 7 Replies  
I expect it would very easy to design a good, quiet, external cooling solution for the so-called "MacPro" (IMHO, the entire design is a bad joke anyway, so I'm not exactly surprised that Apple didn't...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 9, 2016 at 05:05 PM, in Mac News
There is a broader-issue in play here; your... 1,065 Views / 16 Replies  
There is a broader-issue in play here; your ability to get "things" of any nature fixed where you wish them to get fixed, instead of where the original manufacturer of the device wants you to get...
Posted by panjandrum, on Feb 8, 2016 at 08:25 PM, in Mac News
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