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Well yes, I guess you write instant messages at the grade-school level OS X/Hunspell isn't that bad. It does know that "cathc" ought to be spelled "catch." It's a great spell checker for grammar schools, middle-schools, and junior high. But that's all.   But I edit science books by people with multiple PhDs. I don't gripe that it doesn't understand extremely technical terms or the Latin names used for various plants and animals. I gripe that it doesn't have words that...
Sorry fellow, but it's not my job to add words to dictionaries. That's the job of those who supply that dictionary, in this case Apple. It's no more my job to make up for Apple (and HumSpell's) deficiencies than it is for me to debug their code.
Get used to this guys. For the first time perhaps in human history, a particular expression of technology may disappear as anything other than museum pieces. Mechanical parts, say those in a 19th-century revolver or a 1930s airplane engine, can be easily manufactured by hand or repaired. But unless someone comes up with the silicon equivalent of lathes for metal, the same is not true of computer chips, much less the intricate parts of a small hard drive. Once they're no...
I wish Apple would spend a little of that huge sum fixing the absolutely dreadful HunSpell dictionary/spell checker in OS X. It illustrates that open source can mean that what's everyone's responsibility is no one's responsibility%u2014the 'Problem of the Commons.' I'm continually amazed by: 1. How many words aren't in the dictionary. Add a common prefix or suffix to a word to create a perfectly legitimate word and it flags it as misspelled. 2. How awful the spelling...
GT Advanced is bankrupt. It's only customer was Apple. It's selling off its manufacturing furnaces. Exactly how is it going to make the money to pay back Apple over the next four years? If Apple wants to use GT Advanced sapphire in iDevices, it'll need to take over the company and make the investment required to make that mass-production sapphire. The money isn't going to float in out of thin air.
Tim Cook can't really pressure the Chinese government. To demonstrate that, check out two cities in the iOS 8.1 Clock app: Taipei, the capital of democratic Taiwan, and Lhasa, capital of Chinese-occupied Tibet. Taipei has no country. Lhasa is listed as Chinese. Corporate Apple cares not that repressive China has occupied Tibet and would like to occupy Taiwan, as well as crush what democracy remains in Hong Kong. Apple has no moral high ground on which to stand when it...
Let's hope Apple doesn't do something stupid and try to pre-obsolete iPads and Macs. Doing that kicks into play the opposite dynamic to that they intend. When that game is being played, people delay upgrades as long as possible in order to get a model that'll not be pre-obsoleted as quickly.
Quote: "I wish there was a universal Sepia mode for the backgrounds of all applications, especially Safari, as can be found in iBooks." It's not Sepia, but it you dislike bright colors, System Preferences-Accessibility-Display as a "Use Greyscale" option that should be universal.
$300 to upgrade to 16 Gig of memory? I upgraded mine (prior version) from third-parties for under $100. Apple is getting sleazy here, putting in too little RAM (4 gig), making it not upgradable, and charging over twice the market price for that necessary upgrade. Do they really think we're this stupid? They shouldn't forget that, even those who're trapped in Apple's ecosystem can still get even for this by discouraging others. That's precisely what I do with AT&T. I...
Quote: "Adobe has been looking for ways to gain marketshare at the expense of the image editing app's demise." That's an odd statement. With Aperture's "demise," it'll be off the market and thus have no "marketshare" to "expense" against. Adobe is simply working to attract users who'll have to go to some other app in the next few years. It's doing that in a most helpful way%u2014making importing easy. I'd love to see that happen with every dying app.
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