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  • If you've got an old macOS install image, it will probably stop working today

    You know there is a very easy fix here!

    The installer looks at its certificates and the systems date. So as long as the systems date is older than the expiring cert the installer won't be the wiser!

    As an example I just installed Sierra on an old 2011 iMac. I altered the systems Date & Time setting to manual and then back dated it to Jan 2017. Restarted the system and then ran the OS installer USB thumb drive I've setup. Once done reset the Date and Time to automatic and its done!
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  • Editorial: Manufacturers, it's time to put more USB-C ports on chargers

    MplsP said:
    flydog said:
    Hahahaha. 

    Whoever sold you on the lie of USB-C was doing you no favors. 

    Hold on while we run out and swap all the USB-A ports in everything. 
    Incredible that people perpetuate this nonsense.  
    Have you looked around? Pretty much every single car has a USB A plug. The airplane has a USB A plug. The Hotel has a USB A plug. The combination USB outlet I found at Home Depot is USB A. Virtually every wired mouse and keyboard made is USB A. The only place USB C is at all common is the Apple Store.

    USB A is the standard. It may change in the future, but it will take a long time. Apple putting USB C ports on its computers doesn't magically change the rest of the world. As someone mentioned above, though, except for high power devices like MacBooks, it really doesn't matter for charging. You had a USB A to lightning (or Mini USB or micro USB or...)  cable. If it doesn't need more than 12W, it really doesn't matter if the other end is USB A or USB C. This is also a reason it will take a long time to change. For the majority of uses, people don't need the power capacity of USB C. It's not unlike coming out with 220V appliances and expecting everyone to start putting 220V plugs in their homes.

    USB C is clearly more flexible than USB A - higher power capacity, the ability to handle thunderbolt data in the same port. the problem is, USB C cables are not all the same and can be spec'd differently, so your USB C cable may work for charging but not for thunderbolt or vice versa, essentially adding a whole lot of confusion to the picture.
    The USB standards group messed up!

    The USB-C connector is not built to handle higher current flows newer laptops will be needing (you can blame Intel for that).

    They also failed to define a clear marking for USB-C cables so power only cables can be id'ed from data only cables or other possible configs.

    For now its a USB-A world and will be for quite a few years. Don't forget USB-A is still a cheaper solution which is ideal for slower I/O like mice, trackpads, printers and scanners. Many engineering & medical lab systems still use USB-A and I don't see them changing 80~150k devices out just to get a USB-C connection when it is overkill for what they need.

    Is USB-C a good thing? Yes! For data for sure! Power is a bit iffy as long as phones and laptops don't need more power to charge their batteries then it should work (80 watt is about the break point, anything more could cause the cable and connectors to overheat).
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  • If you've got an old macOS install image, it will probably stop working today

    sumergo said:
    ITGUYINSD said:
    Samhain said:
    BigDann said:
    You know there is a very easy fix here!

    The installer looks at its certificates and the systems date. So as long as the systems date is older than the expiring cert the installer won't be the wiser!

    As an example I just installed Sierra on an old 2011 iMac. I altered the systems Date & Time setting to manual and then back dated it to Jan 2017. Restarted the system and then ran the OS installer USB thumb drive I've setup. Once done reset the Date and Time to automatic and its done!
    Workarounds (like yours) are good to know in a pinch. The fix is to download the images, with the new certificate, because setting back a system clock can have unintended consequences.


    Mike you said ‘ The fix is to download the images, with the new certificate,‘ sorry if I am being dense, but how do you do this now the installers are no longer available?
    Most are available now, minus a few. They should all be available by tomorrow.

    The key point, is if you have an install disk or update image that isn't Catalina that's older than about three weeks, you're going to need to replace it.
    Probably a dumb question, but now that the App Store is different, I can't find all the old OS versions (El Cap, Yosemite, High Sierra, etc.).  Where do we get those?
    Not a dumb question. The Medium post has most of them linked. Here they are:

    Sierra: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208202
    High Sierra: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208969
    Mojave: https://support.apple.com/HT210190
    The rest: https://support.apple.com/downloads

    Further back than that, the best way is hitting the App Store from a Yosemite Mac and checking out the Purchased tab -- assuming that's where you got the OS from.
    And (for me at least) each link comes back with:
    "This copy of the install MacOS XYZ application is damaged, and can't be used to install macOS"
    Thats the certificate warning! Now alter your systems date to a date within the OS's life time and disable auto as my example above. Then run the installer again magic! It will install the OS. Now don't forget to reset your date.
    dysamoriamuthuk_vanalingam
  • Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro reveals its future direction

    Let's correct a bit of the Keyboard problem. The 2016 & 2017 had the most issues. The 2018 & 2919 are better for sure! They are still failing just the same. A lot of it has to do with different keys wearing out.

    Depending on what your game is you can kill the Shift key, Space or a collection of letters or numbers. As an example A, E, S & R are the ones I tend to use more. I wore out two 2016 and one 2017 at which point I gave up on the newer systems, bought a second 2015 and have not worn out keys just the keycaps!

    The biggest issue is the inability to service discreet key you need to replace the full keyboard. But even that is not possible! The full uppercase needs to be swapped out. So while we have four years of free coverage what happens then? A very expensive repair! Apple and all of the others need to alter their throw-away mentality! Most laptops today have no reason not to last six to eight years.
    avon b7MplsPirelandmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Editorial: How AirPods and Shortcuts shifted Apple's Siri story and blunted Amazon's Alexa...

    So I'm stuck using Siri Short Cuts to create cue's to play sound files I've had to prep up so I can play them on call for my 2 year old niece!

    "Hey Siri what does a Dog say" >  play Bark
    "Hey Siri what does a Cat say" > play Purr
    "Hey Siri what does a Cow say" > play Moo
    "Hey Siri what does a Horse say" > play Whine

    Or ...

    "Hey Siri can you sing the song Farmer in the Dell" > Singing 'Farmer in the Dell'

    This is simple stuff! That Alexa can do, Why do I have to make such an effort to build it to work with Siri?

    Thinking Human is what Apple has failed to address with Siri.

    Apple needs to build a home base Siri server so not everything is spilled out to the internet, basically, a 
    cache server. Until they educate Siri on being Human it will never get to the level we are demanding as users.
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  • Comparing Apple's 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro versus the 17-inch MacBook Pro

    While the USB 2 port was anemic at 480 Mb/s you forgot about the 800 Mb/s FireWire port which was more often used.

    True, the Thunderbolt port was only 10 Gb/s given the generation it was way ahead of its time!

     
    baconstangwatto_cobra
  • The groundwork is set for Apple 'Pro' ARM Mac chips

    jwdawso said:
    elijahg said:
    ... but ARM's disadvantages way outweigh the advantages imo.
    IMO anyone who owns a MacBook Air is the market for the first generation ARM Mac - they will appreciate the performance and battery life advantage, and there might even be a price advantage. Hopefully Intel will get out of their stagnation and make it impossible for Apple to convert totally to ARM. Either way, there will be some exciting times ahead. 
    If they own a MacBook Air a clamshell iPad would be a better solution! The next gen of iPadOS will have all of the metaphors of a Mac laid out in iPadOS. There is no reason to cannibalize the Mac (at least yet) The better direction is to swing to AMD Ryzen and Threadripper for now, or work with AMD to create a hybrid A-Zen chip!

    I see Zen based CPU's as the transition and then the hybrid. If makes no sense to go ARM in the Pro market systems.
    watto_cobra
  • Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro coming in October for over $3000, claims report

    macxpress said:
    danvm said:
    danvm said:
    entropys said:
    I want one USB-A port instead of the fourth TB port.

    i suspect that is unlikely..
    Yeah, replacing modern ports with old, slow ports are what makes a real Pro computer. 
    Do you think that the latest Mac Pro is not "real Pro computer" because it has USB-A ports?
    No. What kind of question is that? You're talking about a basic I/O PCIe board which is an option to buy (as far as we know) on a giant machine where you're not removing built-in 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port and replacing it with a shitty 5Gbps USB-A port, which are two completely different things.
    Devices as the Lenovo P1 have two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI and even a SD card reader in a chassis similar and lighter to the Macbook Pro 15".  IMO, there was no need to remove USB-A in the latest Macbook to make it a "real Pro computer". 



    Well Lenovo laptops are pieces of shit too so there you go! And are not going to convince me otherwise on that. I don't know why people want to compare such a laptop to a MacBook Pro.

    You can agree or disagree with Apple's decision to remove USB-A ports (or any other port) from their notebook lineup but you can all but guarantee it ain't coming back. Honestly, the MacBook Pro is the most versatile laptop Apple has ever produced. You don't need an array of legacy ports to make it a "Pro" computer. The USB-C ports can be adapted to just about anything you could possibly ever want while also charging from any port, keeping the footprint of the device down, making it as Apple intended with its thinness, etc. 
    Sorry guy real in the field working pro's hate the dongle hell with the newer systems!
     
    There was no reason to go minimalist with the MacBook PRO system. The Real PRO needs ports! USB-A (2), USB-C (4) where the rear two are recessed so a USB-C to MagSafe Plug can be fitted flush with the case. Ethernet & SD card support would be what most people want.

    Yes, some like the idea of HDMI, but it's not as useful, besides an external display in the field often needs more than just HDMI like VGA or older DisplayPort so having one dongle is not a killer.

    The real issue was a hole between the then current MacBook and the 2015 MacBook Pro's that's what Apple was trying to fill. The truth is it was a big market! Appel did have a hit! But the upper tier Pro market was push aside. This is the market Apple needs to aim for with the 16.5" MacBook Pro. It also needs to have serviceable RAM & Storage (2 - PCIe/NVMe slots) beyond the built-in T2 Storage.