I know this was from about a week ago, but I thought I’d share—Adrian Kingsley-Hughes offers his experience of switching away from Windows:
After more than two decades of being a dedicated Windows power user, someone who over that time has installed and supported countless systems running versions of Windows spanning from 3.0 to 8.1, I’ve now all but given up on the platform.
It might sound odd, but writing these words actually makes me sad. I devoted my 10,000 hours to mastering the platform, plus thousands more, and got the point where there wasn’t a file, registry entry, or command line trick that I wasn’t familiar with.
The thought has crossed my mind as to what platform I might switch to if Apple’s ecosystem just wasn’t cutting it for me and I think the answer right now would be some version of Linux, probably Ubuntu. Still, I’m nowhere near that point yet, but it’s good to have options.
Linus Edwards reflects on Apple’s troubles in 1996 and 1997 and what that means today:
Nevertheless, I think those dark times solidified many people’s views of Apple from that point onwards; both in terms of people that will always see Apple as one step removed from being doomed and bankrupt again, to people that see Apple as the underdog company that needs to be fervently defended.
As predicted, Apple would eventually phase out the traditional MacBook Pros in favor of the Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. This happened with last week’s event, although it was surprising that the 13″ model is being kept for the foreseeable future. Besides that it continues along, like the iPad 2 an iPod classic, there are a lot of unibody MacBook Pros still in service. Since portable computers generally go everywhere and anywhere, there’s always the concern of damage from accidents—especially spills. SwitchEasy got into the game with the SafeKeys, a silicone rubber keyboard protector that is designed for the MacBook Pro specifically…
“Cheap pricing has led to disposable software.”
Rather than asking how Apple can keep selling the relatively ancient iPad 2 at just 20% less than its original price, maybe we should be asking why all tablets aren’t expected to be fully useful for over three years after their launch.
I grabbed a copy of Tweetbot 3 last night, as it is one of the top Twitter clients in my rotation. Although some may complain about the cost for a new version, I don’t mind paying $2.99 to support some hard work (my only gripe is that they didn’t make it a universal app—I would’ve even paid double). There are a number of major changes and the app does lose some of its more heavy-handed design for something just as playful and unique, but more appropriate in the context of iOS 7. I’m enjoying the new app, although there is a few things to learn. Fortunately, Paul Haddad compiled a lot of frequently asked questions from Twitter and other places and complied them in a really open and honest post on the Tapbots site.