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  • MacBook Air 2018 Review: Apple's most popular Mac gets an impactful upgrade

    My Macbook Air Retina arrived today. It is very elegant and beautifully designed, more compact, and noticeably faster than my previous 2014 Macbook Air. That is the upside. On the downside, I mention 3 down factors compared to the older Macbook Air:

    1. The new Retina model no longer has an illuminated Apple logo on the lid - I miss that.

    2. No more MagSafe connector: that is a minus:  MagSafe is wonderful, easy to connect, and I liked the the little green or orange light that showed you when it was charging or full. That is all gone.

    3. Crappy adaptors or no adaptors:  
    For the old Macbook Air, Apple sold an excellent Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor. That no longer works with the new Macbook Air, because the new MacBook Air does not accept Thunderbolt (unless you double dongle) ... and Apple does NOT make a Thunderbolt 3 to Ethernet adaptor (which is ridiculous). So, instead, I purchased from the Apple store the Belkin USB-C (not Thunderbolt 3) to Ethernet adaptor ... even though it gets an appalling rating on the Apple store (most users give it 1 out of 5 stars). I have measured the performance with the Belkin adaptor, and in every test, the Belkin USB-C adaptor has been slower on the new Mac than using Apple's old Thunderbolt to ethernet adaptor on the old Mac - an appalling outcome. That is going backwards ... not going forwards. 

    Apple needs to wake up and start making a Thunderbolt 3 to Ethernet adaptor (and a Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI adaptor). In the meantime, I will have to now go buy a Thunderbolt 3 dock.

  • Apple's new macOS Mojave optimizes the Mac for iOS users, not PC switchers

    I may not like PCs (well, Windows), but even I would have to admit that moving from a PC to an iPad is not an upgrade. They are totally different things. As Tim Cook appears to advocate, an iPad is not a 'computer' - I could not possibly imagine doing my research work on it, or running Mathematica on it, or writing a serious paper on it.

    I have noticed that iPads are very popular with 5 to 10 year olds:  the parents give it to them to shut the kids up, and they doodle away with it on the couch (instead of sitting in front of the idiot box).
  • Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

    What kind of computer company puts out an advert: "Hey mom, what's a computer?"
    One that doesn't make computers anymore?

  • Citing security, Apple's board mandates CEO Tim Cook use private jet for all business & pe...

    Yes - a long way and the wrong way. 
  • Hands On: New Pixelmator Pro 1.0.5 brings Machine Learning to image editing

    You should note that it only runs on Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra). 

    That is not very helpful to me (I run Mavericks - the most recent version before Apple lost the plot with 'flat graphic design" trying to make the Mac look like an iPad).