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  • Apple may not use mechanical switches in a future MacBook keyboard at all

    This is utterly brilliant.

    All that talk about the 16" MBP going back to scissor keys… since when has Apple ever gone backward on anything? Maybe they'll re-introduce SCSI ports on the new Mac Pro while they're at it. No, whatever sort of key mechanism the next Apple laptop has, it won't be "the old one."

    The iPhone 7 haptic-feedback home button and the Macbook haptic trackpad button have been resounding successes. Nobody wants a purely haptic keyboard; an approach like this is very best-of-both-worlds. I just fear that patents like this are usually filed years before actual devices make it to market, so we'll have to file this one away in the "someday/who-knows" bin.
  • How to keep your MacBook Pro battery healthy for years

    Nice article with good explanations. If I have an old MacBook that Apple can’t service anymore do you have a recommendation where to get a legit and safe battery? 2011 15” MBP. Thanks!
    I've had excellent luck with various parts from Other World Computing.
  • Microsoft's Stranger Things campaign creates a fake legacy for Windows 1.0

    My father had a copy of Windows 1.1 in the basement, I installed it on a lark as a kid. Wish I still had that, could probably make a few bucks on eBay.

    MS-DOS offerings back in those days really weren’t bad at all… take the time to learn WordPerfect’s many layers of function keys and you'd arguably be a more productive writer than someone on a modern word processor. The spreadsheets were great too; having little to no UI to work on left developers to focus on raw performance and functionality. 

    Windows 1.1 offered none of that. It didn't offer the power of Wordperfect or Lotus 1-2-3, and it didn't offer the intuitiveness of the Macintosh. I do not believe that it was ever used in a corporate environment for more than a few days before being uninstalled. Nothing more than a technology demo.
  • Review: Mophie powerstation Hub solves your charging woes

    > Luckily, part of this is alleviated thanks to the 5W Qi charger on the side. When not plugged into a wall, the internal battery or a USB-C cord can be used to turn the powerstation Hub into a wireless charging pad.

    > This allows several scenarios to play out, such as to connect it to the side of your MacBook Pro and use it as a charging hub for your iPhone, Watch, and other gear.

    ... but to clarify, the wireless charging can’t do the watch, a dongle is still necessary. Bummer. 
  • WWDC19: SwiftUI was the brightest star in a galaxy of new ideas

    They did all that years ago. I've built out three server side projects using the Swift Vapor framework. 

    (Natively in browsers, not quite here, but coming to WebASM sooner or later)