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  • Apple plans new 16- to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 aimed at pro designers

    blah64 said:
    But the biggest mistake you made is trying to say what works for me as far as screens go.  First, I pay a LOT of attention to this, and I am not ignorant of the machines Apple builds.  I've been buying and using Apple computers almost exclusively for 40 years, Macs for 34 years, primarily as a developer for many of those years.  I live close enough to an Apple store that I probably visit more than once/month on average, and I know dozens of friends and family with these crappy screens that I've tried over and over through the years.  I've seen the reflections change with refinement from product to product, and over 6-7 years of glossiness I've seen some improvement of these "mirror screens", but it was from horrendous to just bad.  And then at one point they actually got worse again.  There is one simple statement that you cannot argue with, and that is that there are reflections.  They're never not there.  Apparently many humans have the ability to ignore reflections, but I don't understand that phenomenon, and quite frankly I don't understand how anyone can tolerate reflections in a screen you're staring at for hours on end.  In any case, doesn't work for me, they are quite literally unusable.
    Does it help any to know there's a good reason the matte screens went away? They limit both the color gamut and dynamic range the screen can reproduce. Getting rid of the matte finish allows for displays that have a much broader range from dark to bright and much more accurate color.

    Knowing that obviously doesn't affect your sensitivity to reflections, but it might be motivation to look into strategies for dealing with it. Maybe it's worth sometimes adjusting the screen angle or your seating position if the trade-off is a more accurate image.

    blah64 said:
    And keychain adapters?  LOL.  I'm sure as hell not going to add crap to carry around in my pockets 24/7, it's bad enough with all the keys I need to carry, phones, glasses, etc.   I'm over capacity as it is.  Perhaps for someone who carries a purse that could be feasible, but it's not a good general solution.  This is just making excuses and trying to cover up for a lack of ports.
    It's not as daunting as it sounds to be Boy Scout prepared. All my devices have USB-C cables on them. To the end of the cables I have attached these compact, inexpensive adapters:



      https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01C43FUIW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06__o00_s00  

    If I have to connect to a USB-A port in the wild, it's already on the cable. If I'm attaching it to my own computer, I pop off the adapter and put it in my pocket. It's less disruptive in my pocket than loose change.

    While we're on the subject of ports, please indulge my favourite rant:

    My wife's Mac has ports for Ethernet, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt 2, SD card, and two USB-3 ports, one of which is permanently occupied with a mouse dongle. If I want to connect a second USB device I'm screwed, while the Firewire and Thunderbolt ports sit there doing nothing.

    My Mac has four universal ports. Any one of them can be anything I want. They can be any combination of Thunderbolt, USB-A, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, power input, power output, etc. etc. almost ad infinitum, just by using the appropriate cable.

    My kit for hitting the road fits in an envelope. All my peripherals already have USB-C plugs on them. Some of them obviously came out of the box with USB-A cables, but I just replaced them with inexpensive USB-C versions. That means I carry no more cables than I did before. In order to accommodate plugging my stuff into other computers, those USB-C cables have the adapter shown above attached to them. The net increase in carry volume is zero, since they're attached to the cables. For connecting other people's stuff to my computer I have a small, lightweight adapter that provides USB-A, Ethernet, and HDMI. All from a single port.

    Most of the dongle arguments I've heard exaggerate the severity of the issue. I carry exactly ONE adapter that's small and light enough that I'll forget it's there if I put it in a shirt pocket, and I gain a ton of flexibility. It's my carefully considered opinion that Apple's approach to ports on the MacBook Pro is a major win for users.


    fastasleep
  • Apple's video service availability may be months after reveal, potentially as late as fall...

    ireland said:
    Apple is years behind the competition.  Netflix has an enormous amount of original content, and it’s surprisingly decent.

    I’ll probably give Apple a shot in a free trial, but between Amazon Prime Video (free) and Netflix it’s an uphill battle.

    I did try to rent a movie from Apple recently, but had to request a refund.  Can’t stream/download a movie without a WiFi connection?  How stupid is that...

    I may not even get as far as a free trial...
    Netflix has a lot of garbage original content, too, IMO. Seeing what sticks to the wall doesn’t work for video content and that’s what Netflix is all about. Also Netflix’s business practices such as rearranging My List every time I visit it after viewing an individual show page, to trick you into watching other stuff, is annoying and anti-user. Netflix increasingly treats their users like garbage.
    The Netflix user experience is, without question, utterly obnoxious, but I gotta admit I've been pretty impressed with the lineup. Netflix has hooked me with new shows WAAAAY more often than the traditional TV networks.
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • US Senator demands Apple & Google pull app used by Saudis to oppress women

    What gives this guy the right to dictate what should happen in some other country?
    If your neighbours are kicking their dog, do you take action to intervene or do you mind your own business?
    muthuk_vanalingamcgWerks
  • Apple's weak Chinese iPhone sales blamed directly on high prices

    As opposed to pricing them much lower and losing money on each iPhone sold?
    That was, of course, a joke, and I think you recognized it as such, but still, to your point -- there is another option beyond pricing too high for the market and losing money: make some compromises in the design that remove costs for things that fall into the realm of diminishing returns.

    I think Apple actually DID that. They made the XR. I just replaced a dead iPhone last week, and I admit being hard pressed to find a reason to buy the XS. The XR is a really good value.

    I remember reading that the camera array and sensors cost more. I could be wrong
    The only place I've seen that written is by users like you and me who just assume it must cost more because it's newer and cooler. We don't actually know that.

    but as I said, Apple is using very expensive components and tech.
    Are they? Are Apple's components really much more expensive that those used by other suppliers? If they were, how would we know? Maybe the components Apple uses do cost more than the modems, flash storage, camera modules, etc. you'll find in competitors top-of-the-line products, but I kinda doubt it. I'm pretty sure Apple's massive purchasing power insures it gets very competitive pricing on third-party components. There doesn't seem to be a massive chasm in the hardware capabilities of an iPhone compared to a similarly-positioned product of another brand, so I'm not inclined to give Apple a free pass on build costs.

    That doesn't mean I don't think iPhones have value -- I do -- I just that I don't think component cost is a major contributor to rising iPhone prices.

    Right, neither of us know for sure but does he think FaceID is free?
    Of course not, but that's irrelevant to the point I made. My point is about the assertion that Face ID makes new iPhones more expensive. We don't know that. If Face ID really does cost more than Touch ID, then it's a valid argument. If it actually costs the same as or less than Touch ID, the argument that its cost contributes to the rising price of iPhones is wrong.
    AppleExposedmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Apple's weak Chinese iPhone sales blamed directly on high prices

    The current state of Apple is symbolized by the un ending rip off and hazzard that is the charging cord and lightening connector. Please if you can my dear user name me one other electronic product cable of the last 50 years that fails and fails within months. There is no other as this problem was solved decades ago. Only apple has this problem and it continues year after year. $40 per cable F u Apple
    Nonsense. My cables last years because I don't trash them. And they cost $20. Even Anker's newest Lightning cable is only $3 cheaper. Big whoop.

    A couple years back my experiment MonoPrice and Amazon cables both fell apart fairly quickly tho -- the plug assemblies came apart. Never happened with any of my Apple cables. 
    Bah nonsense 
    so you claim I’m using  the cable wrong. 
    I call bullshit. 
    I use the cable. Period. 
    No other cable has experienced this failure on any device in my near 5o years. 
     It has never occurred on anything ever but an Apple product and this has happened continually since my first iPhone v1. 
    So spare us defending the most valuable company on Earth who somehow can’t make a power cord that doesn’t fray. 


    LOL.  You created a screen name based solely on the fact that you mistreat your Apple cable and want to whine about it?

    My family has owned at least 20 iPods, iPads, and iPhones over the years.  Most of those cables are still working fine.  Have I replaced some?  Not that I recall, but perhaps one or two.  It certainly hasn't been a big deal.
    Why do people here jump to the conclusion that people who have trouble with failing cables are mistreating them? Why do you assume your experience is typical and his is unusual? Why is any complaint "whining?"

    I don't have a lot of trouble with Apple cables either, but I'm not so arrogant as to assume my experience extends to everyone else.
    If someone said "I bought an Apple device a few months ago, and the cable has already failed despite my not abusing it," that would be a reasonably post.  And people would likely respond with "that's bad luck; that has/hasn't been my experience."

    But that's not what Frayed Cable said.  "Please if you can my dear user name me one other electronic product cable of the last 50 years that fails and fails within months."  And "No other cable has experienced this failure on any device in my near 5o years. 
     It has never occurred on anything ever but an Apple product and this has happened continually since my first iPhone v1. 
    So spare us defending the most valuable company on Earth who somehow can’t make a power cord that doesn’t fray."

    That's clearly propaganda BS.  In 50 years(!) the only cable that fails him have been Apple cables, and it's every Apple cable he's every owned.  There are only two ways to explain that statement: 1. he abuses his cables (since no one else experiences 100% failure rate) or 2. he's a lying troll.
    Yeah okay, fair enough. I guess I got caught up in my indignation over the prevailing attitude here that Apple is somehow infallible and let it cloud my interpretation of that specific exchange. You're right, it was a bit hyperbolic.
    randominternetpersonmuthuk_vanalingamjony0