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  • Zuckerberg really wants iPhone users to shift to WhatsApp

    Sure, let me turn all my text messages over to Meta.  Sounds just fine.   
  • Compared: Parallels Desktop 18 vs VMWare Fusion

    JP234 said:
    It mystifies me as to why anyone would want to run Windows on a Mac, silicon or otherwise. Sure you can do it, but in the words of my late mother, "JP, just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD." Mom was wise.

    With Windows PCs available for next to nothing, both new and refurb, with Windows pre-installed (you know Windows is not included with either emulator, right?), please, someone provide me with justification for not just buying a cheap PC to run your QuickBooks Pro, or some other application not available on MacOS?
    The simple reason is that there are some programs on the Windows platform that are better than the Mac version.  For me, that program is Quicken.  The Mac version is okay, but instead of taking a perfectly good program (the Windows one) and converting it over to MacOS, they decided to reinvent the wheel and some of it just simply sucks.  I use both, but where I use the Windows version everyday, the Mac version is one I update just every month or so.
    The other program that I find to have handy is, believe it or not, WordPerfect.  I used it for years (like since 1987) before being forced into Word by work.  To this day, I feel it is a superior program to Word, and Corel does not make any Mac software.  So Parallels is very important part of my iMac.  Having 64GB of RAM makes it pretty easy to use as well. 
  • Japan finally hopes to ditch floppy discs 24 years after Apple did

    MplsP said:
    I work in healthcare and most physicians still carry a pager. For their purposes they are in many ways superior to other methods. Our hospital also has devices called Voceras - they’re small devices you can clip to your scrubs that have a speaker and a microphone and can be used to communicate with other staff. The physicians I know all hate them and prefer their pagers. Sometimes newer is not better. 
    Now, if they just make it look like this:  :D

  • Apple takes down online Apple Store for 'updates' [u]

    Roderikus said:
    If you can’t maintain a virtual store while upgrading, you shouldn’t be in the online business.
    You have no idea how Apple works.  Having the store "down" is a marketing ploy.  They know very well people and a lot websites just like this one are watching.  So when the store goes back up, everyone is looking for what's new.

    In short, "We'll be right back." drives traffic when they do get back.  
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  • If US lawmakers are good at anything, it's failing at technology

    The article states that the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment was dissolved in 1995 as being wasteful.   

    That is a fact, but just to add to it a little bit:  The office was killed as part of the Republican Party takeover of the House of Representatives that year after winning a majority in the 1994 midterms.  House Republicans saw the OTA as, "as duplicative, wasteful, and biased against their party. During the 1994 elections, then-Representative Newt Gingrich (R–GA) vowed to kill the office if his party took control of Congress, which it did. At the time of OTA's dismantling in 1995, it had about 140 staffers and a budget of roughly $21 million."  (Source:

    I'll stop there, but just wanted to be clear who is to blame for the OTA's disappearance.     As that article states, current House Democrats are trying to bring the office back.