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  • 90% of respondents in Apple employee-made survey want remote work option

    There is nothing wrong with employees expressing their opinions to management. I know our team nearly universally desires to continue to WFH. As their manager I know that they are more productive and happier, why is this a bad thing? I think businesses who ignore WFH will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage in the future. You can fight the future, but the future will always win.
  • In defense of Apple's iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe

    mr lizard said:
    “A magnetic wallet that sometimes stays on and sometimes doesn’t depending on your clothing is a valid criticism. Implying or pretending that it isn’t a problem at all is just pointless.”
    I’ve been using a MagSafe wallet since it became available. I thought I would use on rare occasions but it has actually become my main wallet. I can testify that many early video reviews essentially make a lot of false or at least misleading claims about this product’s supposed failings, presumably for clicks and views. While I don’t wear skinny jeans, my clothes are in no way “baggy.” They are normal fitting jeans, slacks, and shorts. I’ve never had an issue where the wallet has become detached unintentionally.

    I do have some complaints about the product, but none are related to its build quality or its ability to stay firmly connected to the iPhone. I wouldn’t mind having a little more capacity in the wallet, as I can only fit about 3 cards in it. Also, it would be great if Apple (or some third party vendor) could figure out a way to stagger the cards so it would be easier to retrieve the specific card that you need. As it is right now, I can only easily retrieve the backmost card, if I need one of the other two I have to remove all the cards from the wallet to get them out. That said I find these to be relatively minor complaints about a product that has surprisingly become something I use with pleasure nearly every day.
  • reMarkable 2 review: better than iPad for notes, but nothing else

    I’m a Goodnotes fanatic when it comes to note taking on my iPad Pro. The fact it can search all of my handwritten copy simultaneously with any embedded text is amazing. But it is the fact that it is on my iPad that makes the notes apps so valuable. I export Web pages as PDFs and import them into Goodnotes for annotating. I can keep my favorite logos and icons in Yoink and use slide over to easily access them. It seems like this separate tablet would be useful for just writing my own notes without all of the interoperability with my other apps.

    And, you know can turn on Do Not Disturb if you want a distraction-free note taking experience on your iPad, right? About the only time I would prefer something like reMarkable is if I wanted to take notes outdoors, but for me it that is an extraordinarily rare event.
  • Long-time Apple retailer Fry's Electronics suddenly shuts down

    I don’t understand anyone ever loving this place. Yes they had a good selection of movies, games, and electronics. (I actually think digital downloads and streaming may have done more to kill Fry’s than Amazon.) But the service was the worst, the way that they managed their check out was insane, and waiting in a second line after making your purchases for the security to go through your bags in minute detail as if every customer was a criminal was infuriating. Goodbye and good riddance.
  • Some Mac software has made it all the way from 68K to M1 - here's why

    mac_dog said:
    I’m reminded how long it took both quark & Adobe to bring their flagship products up to date. Don’t remember the software version, but it was painfully slow. They tried to squeeze as much money out of the existing versions they could, and made any number of bullshit exudes as to the delay. That being said, they had no competitors. Now, there are a few solid competitors out there who are younger, leaner, more hungry and aren’t resting on their laurels.

    so, basically, as was already stated. If they haven’t already transitioned, they are either extinct or DIW (seafaring term for “dead in the water”). 
    Quark’s inability to update its product in a timely manner to native Intel for Mac was one of the final nails in its coffin. As companies like the one I worked for bought new Intel Macs we wanted native software to run on them. Adobe had it and Quark didn’t. Most printers at the time still preferred Quark over InDesign as they considered InDesign files problematic. This was because InDesign took advantage of Postscript Level 3 features like transparency and a lot of printers hadn’t updated their RIP software yet. After transitioning my agency to InDesign I finally had to start telling printers that they could either accept InDesign files or we would find a new printer.