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No luck for a new Mac Mini.  My Mac Pro is so old that none of the new Apple software will run on it.  I can no longer afford to buy a new Mac Pro, so my only option is the Mac Mini.  I have a 30" Cinema Display, making an iMac pointless to buy when I already have a fantastic monitor.    I don't need a server.  I need a desktop that won't annihilate my budget and doesn't have a screen built in that I see no sense in paying additional for.  It's a little depressing being in...
I've seen my share of change, as my first experience on a Mac was System 7.  I know there's change, and you're absolutely right, I didn't care for them as well - but they weren't nearly as bright as what they were replaced with.  I'm not sure that they will dial down the brightness of the colors and the flood of white.  I've written Tim Cook about this issue as I think it's something many people don't like about the OS.  I've given it time, and while I enjoy the...
I admit that I like the additional functionality in the OS, yet the bright whites and the bright colors are really annoying to me personally.  With no way to change these colors, or to dial down the bright background in iTunes11, it appears that the OS designers are more interested in everything being bright for them, while discarding the opinions of users who'd prefer a more earth-tone palette.  It's nice that people who want that brightness can have it, but what is...
  SpamSandwich, I don't need to be shouted at about the Patriot Act.  I am well aware that there's a gag order on everyone at the top.  You're isn't an answer.  It's an excuse.  Apple chose to comply.  They could have said no.  They could have said that what the NSA was asking violated the Constitution and therefore is not a legal order.  They could have done all that, but they didn't.  They hired an NSA agent for "security" and sold us all out rather than standing up and...
That's because there's nothing that can be done.  You think writing to your politicians will solve this problem?  They have their fingerprints all over this.  They allowed it to happen.  They certainly aren't stepping out in front of a podium saying that they are putting all of their effort into shutting it down.  All of the major players are involved in this.  Many families stay connected through Facebook.  People share geotagged photos through various photo sites....
This just means that Apple will have to invent a new way to do this, and of course, patent it. There's more than one way to make things happen. This ruling simply forces a different approach. Possibly, a better approach.
Marvin,   Thanks for the response concerning specific issues.  I saw the PS4 announcement yesterday and saw that it has more crunching power than my Mac Pro in every way, yet is a fraction of the size.  It goes to my point that there's much improvement that can be made to the existing platform to once again make it appealing.  I've heard the issue discussed before, saying that there's no need to improve the design because people aren't interested in it.  It can also...
PhilBoogie, I do think of power consumption on the large scale, but then again I'm also looking at what I have done to reduce power consumption throughout the house, so I'm giving myself more leeway when it comes to having a computer that does what I need it to do, when I need it to do it.  Mac Pro's don't sip power when compared to their brethren.  I think people who use them know that there's going to be a hit on the power bill.  With the chips getting smaller,...
No need to get snotty PhilBoogie.  Do I think less power use is innovative?  Sure.  Is it a direct concern for me?  Not really.  It might be if I were running the house on solar panels and a wind mill.  I'm not, so a decrease in power consumption for something that isn't battery driven isn't of significant concern.  Is it innovative, sure it is.  Do I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about how great it is that we've managed to drop power consumption?  Only if I think about...
  I see what you're saying here, I really do.  Why do you think razors get dull so fast when we know full-well that they could be made to last a lot longer?  They want the user to come back for another purchase.  The issue I have with the MacPro is that we're not seeing much true innovation.  The form factor has been frozen for years and hasn't gotten any smaller.  Apple has done everything they can to get every one of their products smaller, with the exception of the Mac...
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