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  • Top 5 utilities that every new Mac user needs

    Actually missing tool that is far more important because of vision and Apple sucks at custmization for personal needs as far as screen use. That is called font and content scaler (not talking about one app or few system fonts - all content is in question). Bringing more pixels with tiny content is not what many people need. Bring scaler so that resolution could be adjusted to users needs. So far only TinkerTool is doing part of this job on fonts and not on all. I do not care if I have 4K or zillion-k on 27 inch screen. I use 32 inch screen and I still want bigger content to find information faster and not struggle. You will get to this age soon - then you will see that even glasses do not help (not looking for selective eye scans across display while chasing information).
  • Tips: How to toggle Dark Mode in Mojave with a keyboard shortcut or the Touch Bar

    Eric_WVGG said:
    Soli said:
    AppleScript syntax looks ridiculous. In an attempt to make it user friendly, it's really not. 
    Why not just switch to Swift syntax? Looks much more standard and looks way more friendly.
     What is this Swift syntax for Automator that would be more "friendly" than AppleScript?
    It's very difficult to learn or memorize "the right way" to say something in AppleScript, because it looks like English (where there's no one right way to say anything), but it's actually syntactically strict (like any programming language). So you might take a statement like…

    set message to make new outgoing message with properties {subject:theSubject, content:theContent, visible:true}

    … but try to write it like…
    make new outgoing message with properties {subject:theSubject, content:theContent, visible:true}
    … or…
    set new outgoing message with properties {subject:theSubject, content:theContent, visible:true}
    … or…
    set message to new outgoing message with properties {subject:theSubject, content:theContent, visible:true}

    See the problem? These all "look" fine, but only the first one actually works.

    Swift is C-syntax, which makes familiar to anyone who does C or Javascript which means basically every programmer alive. What we want is…
    let message = Message(subject:theSubject, content:theContent, visible:true)
    C is complied langiuage not scripting language. It is not about memorizing. AppleScript and JavaScript are scripting languages. - nothing to do with compiled. That means differences are justifiable and they make sense.

    Do not squeeze languages into the same bucket based on syntax. It is not smart idea as they are processed by OS differently and require different ooptimizations if any. Some companies like Microsoftr learned hard way this fact over last two, three decades. Some things are possible and some work giving side effects that then you have to deal with. It is immature to turn one in another. That is also why TypeScript was born and it is "compiled" into lower level instructions - JavaScript. Time will only show if this was good idea.

    It only looks like it is easy to align syntax, but when you consider purpose things become different.
  • Samsung owes Apple $539M for infringing on iPhone patents, jury finds

    And "impartial" jury in California. Right. I can believe that "justice". I call it system or a game and we simply play by its rules - not much to do with justice. I do belive Samsung abused fe patents, but I do also belive Apple tnds to patent sometimes and not use it - typical behavior to patent trolls. Also some obvious ideas that would not qualify for patent in Europe for example. You have also remeber that US patent is binding in the USA and means nothing elsewhere as aptents are territorial laws.
  • Waze for iPhone gets dash display, voice control in Ford vehicles

    nunzy said:
    Ford will benefit from associating itself with Apple.
    It is about Waze - not Apple. If Apple starts its bad logic of reactivating service and looking for nearest WiFi because it suspects that car wa stolen based on some completely wrong pattern then this association will go bad. Now I have expereince with reactivating phone in the middle of nowhere (no public WiFi but cellular perfect) while travelling to foreign country while still trying to do business. That probably did not come as possibility to some people at Apple. Supporting financial business was not possible... especially when you are managing something in it.
  • NAS roundup: Best network attached storage options for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users

    Actually forget TimeMachine on WD drives that fail with click of parking heads. Seagate Backup Plus beats all of them for TimeMachine (running business on them). Not a NAS however. As far as NAS (WiFi or Ethernet attached), Synology NAS with Hitachi UltraStar (HGST) is specialized for servers and outlast many WD drive based configurations due to MTBF and optimization on parking heads.Synology has outstanding reliability and updates. No issues for many years. Going SSD is still expensive.

    Synology is for specialized file storage servers - it is Linux based file system so please do not bring to discussion if it supports HFS or APFS - it is not for that as it is different OS that manges storage. You can format USB attached Seagate Backup Plus for that (and TimeMachine), but it is not NAS. Synology has many apps including media connectivity (It is DNLA as article says). You can use all popular apps to get your music and movies from Synology. It has also IP cameras connectivity and app for survailence and recording. It is really a Linux computer that you can manage via browser access. Outstanding quality.
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