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  • System 7 transformed the Mac on May 13, 1991

    My first Mac, a IIci, came with System 7.

    When I hear people complain about the cost of Apple computers and devices today, I have to laugh. The cost of entry to become a desktop publisher in 1991:
    Mac IIci: $4,095 (5MB RAM, 200MB hard drive)
    Keytronic keyboard: $139
    Microtek 600ZS color scanner: $1,469
    Apple Laserwriter: $1,799
    Ikegami 20" color monitor: $1,990
    Cables: $18
    NET INVOICE $9,570
    TAX $737
    TOTAL $10,307

    Now, keep in mind those were 1991 dollars…
  • Hands On: New Pixelmator Pro 1.0.5 brings Machine Learning to image editing

    I understand that this is a Pixelmator review and as such does not attempt to bring any other software into the conversation. HOWEVER, I wouldn't think of buying Pixelmator until working with the trial version of Affinity Photo. For those professionals, like myself, who have been held at gunpoint by Adobe far too long, Affinity software (both Photo and Designer) rides to the rescue. I'm not affiliated with Affinity but, boy, I would love to see greedy Adobe on the receiving end of karma.
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  • Best alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for iOS and Mac

    The latest Mac OS update killed Photoshop for me (CS 6). Illustrator was painfully slow and wonky, as well. The new Affinity Photo and Designer apps for Mac, both v. 1.7, appear to be mature, well-thought-out alternatives to Greedy Adobe products. Affinity has them discounted right now for $40 each. Considering the quality of the software (in some cases with superior features to PS and AI), the price is a steal. FWIW, I'm a graphic designer and have used PS and AI since the early 90s. Is there a learning curve with the Affinity products? Absolutely. Their free video tutorials are outstanding, however, and help the process along. Yeah, it's equal parts invigorating and PITA, but ultimately worth it to give the one-finger salute to Adobe.
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  • Apple, Prepear enter settlement negotiations over fruit logo trademark

    As a longtime graphic designer, I am keenly aware of issues related to company branding. Logo creation is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. When a company's brand becomes associated with attributes such as success, quality goods and services, and strong reputation, defending that branding becomes critical both commercially and legally.

    Just as important, a fledgling company must create a brand that distinguishes it from others, regardless of how similar or dissimilar the companies may be. In its endeavor to stand apart, the nascent company must be free to adopt a compelling design while taking great care not to create confusion in the marketplace.

    In this case, I would say Apple is being heavy handed and not at all reasonable. Apple's case has nothing to do with the likelihood of product confusion or diminution of company value. It simply comes down to getting pissy simply because another company has dared to represent itself with a minimalist piece of fruit.

    I would love to see this dispute go to trial, with Apple being liable for Prepear's total accumulated legal expenses, plus some punitive damages.
  • Apple employees threaten to quit as company takes hard line stance on remote work

    fumi said:
    Lots of woke Snowflakes at Apple and all these tech companies. They need to see what other people have to endure to make a living.
    The entitled of today don't seem to be able to look beyond their own little selves, and for that I pity them. 

    I suppose this is what you get when a generation or two have been deprived of exposure to world history, not to mention the concept of gratitude.
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  • NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature Apple says does not exist

    If you want FM radio, buy an FM radio.
  • Microsoft confirms Windows 10X isn't coming in 2021, may never launch

    "Instead of bringing a product called Windows 10X to market in 2021 like we originally intended, we are leveraging learnings from our journey thus far and accelerating the integration of key foundational 10X technology into other parts of Windows and products at the company…"

    Where can I get me a gobbledegook dictionary?
  • Tim Cook says $30M Carnegie Library Apple Store is more than about selling iPhones

    Latko said:
    This is just weird...

    Apple must have to much money to know what to do with.

    You can get classes at regular Apple Stores...

    If you want to attract customers through education, why not give lectures at a university campus.
    Customers paid Tim that money to stay upfront in tech products, not to fulfill his self-affirmation or to show off his ascendency in real estate.
    Tim Cook is one weird dude – poster boy for SJW and the oldster *so* out of touch, desperately catering to the young crowd he cannot comprehend. Out of touch, consumed in the Apple force field. He needs to go. And in case you're thinking this is ageism, I am older than Tim, and he is just an embarrassment.
  • Time names Apple CEO Tim Cook a 'titan' in list of most influential people

    Kudos to Tim's publicist.
  • Expedia chairman attacks Apple's 'disgusting' 30% commission fee

    Oh!! And his wife, Diane Von Furstenberg, prices her products so the "little people" can afford them. I just found a DVF floral print dress at Nieman-Marcus for the low-low price of $448.

    Barry Diller is such a f***ing hypocrite.