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  • System 7 transformed the Mac on May 13, 1991

    System 7 was code named "Big Bang", presumably because "The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy" was big at the time (featuring Zaphod Beeblebrox, described by Eccentrica Gallumbits as "the best Bang since the Big One"). Perhaps also, because the author, the late Douglas Adams, was the first person to buy a Mac in Europe (the second being his friend Stephen Fry).

    Happy memories for me include upgrading from Mac SE to LC, playing with Hypercard with my then 9 y.o. son (among other stacks that we made, I remember a "radar screen"), discovering AppleTalk and, as a result, converting my department to Mac and then connecting the Mac network to the corporate mainframe with an SNAps 52/50 card (or something like that, it was a while ago), implementing MapGrafix mapping, and getting a PowerBook 100 - wow! I used to do the staff training myself. I'd show them how to move, point and click the mouse and then I'd bring up the training module (there was an on-screen cartoon guy) and that was that! Productivity and innovation jumped massively and we had a lot of fun too!
  • Apple TV+ at six months: No breakthroughs, but plenty of promise

    ElCapitan said:
    To be successful they need to produce for a much wider and diverse (international) audience. For that to happen they need to stick their heads outside the US centric, political correct, California box it is currently stuck in, and discover there is a whole planet out there with cultures, ideas and lifestyles that often will fly right in the Apple corporate face, but still are rich, fascinating, dramatic, often violent, have great love stories and heroism, and have histories centuries longer then the American. 
    Agree completely! They should send out scouts to all of the countries that have a film/TV industry of note. Remember House of Cards is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name. Also, why can't I just buy AppleTV+ shows direct, one-by-one. Many Netflix, HBO, Disney, etc. shows are available to buy in iTunes/AppleTV.
  • Editorial: Who wants the new iPhone SE 2020?

    I have an SE as my back-up phone and my GF has one because she has small hands. They have both been excellent. The trade in is a good deal, so we'll give it six months or so to make sure that this new model doesn't have any issues and will then most likely upgrade both phones.
  • Apple Car solar panel technology could also be used in Apple Watch, iPhone case

    Getting stuck in the wilderness and using rooftop solar to crawl home would be a once in a lifetime application, but powering a short commute would be a daily use. So, "Skate to where the puck is going to be." My personal use case is probably close to where the puck will be: an 8 km (5 mi) commute and then eight hours parked outside my office in a very sunny country. Currently I have a covered car space, but could easily park in the open if I wanted to. If the 8 hours of sunlight during the day gives me enough charge to get me home and back to work the next day, then I think it makes sense. If that includes enough juice to run the car A/C for 10 minutes before I get into it then it's a no brainer!
  • Apple Watch measurements central to new blood pressure & walking correlation

    If my aWatch or my iPhone could somehow "sniff" the food on my plate at a restaurant, cafe or diner and alert me to the presence of at least some of the bad stuff that we shouldn't eat (see list below) that would be healthy! I know that the menu might say "no MSG", etc., but how do I really know, unless I put some in a sample jar and send it to a lab? BTW, here's Jillian Michaels list of the ten worst chemicals to avoid in food products: 1. Trans fats (hydrogenated oils); 2. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS); 3. Artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, and saccharine); 4. Artificial colors (Red no. 40, Yellow no. 6, Blue nos. 1 and 2); 5. Sodium nitrites and nitrates; 6. Growth hormones (rBST and rBGH); 7. Monosodium glutamate (MSG); 8. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT); 9. Antibiotics; and 10. Pesticides. There are other lists online and they are all pretty similar.