iPad

Read A mind-boggling defence indeed

I’ve said I’m done with the Mac vs iPad debate, and it’s true. I’m absolutely tired of this shit. Nothing is going anywhere, it’s a stupid kind of endless trench warfare. But Ben Brooks’ latest piece about the iPad was hard to ignore in that it’s just a disheartening read and, in a few places, a fair representation of a certain type of Reality Distortion Field at work.

I’ve been a Mac owner since 2006 and an iPad owner since the very first iPad was released in 2010. I find uses for both. The right tool for the right job. But, I agree with the tone of Riccardo’s article. I used to love reading his post to find tips to help me get…

Riccardo Mori: macOS

Liked Post-WWDC thoughts (morrick.me)

… my general impression about where Mac OS is going is that Apple wants to turn it into a sort of low-maintenance system. The pretext is security: lock down this and that because it could be exploited; remove this and that because it’s code we can’t be bothered to update or optimise, it could potentially represent a vector for an attack, blah blah. Meanwhile, let’s also use these security measures to make the life of the already stressed-out Mac developers even harder.

In 30 years as a Mac power user, what I have been appreciating about Mac software was the ability to think and act outside the box, so to speak. In recent times, Apple seems hell-bent on keeping Mac software inside the box. The walled-garden model and paranoid security made and make definitely more sense on mobile systems. I appreciate being able to look for and install apps on my iPhone that won’t mess with my device or present a security risk for the operating system or for me as a user (although Apple hasn’t done a great job at keeping scams away from the App Store); but on the Mac I want to have more freedom of movement. I’m an expert user, I know the risks involved. Let me tinker. Give the option to have a locked-down Mac for novice users who expect to use it like an appliance, or in the same way they use their phones and tablets. Leave the ‘root’ door open for those who know what they’re doing.

Ditto!!! To be clear. I like my Apple devices. I spend thousands of dollars on Apple products for my family and me. I have the right to complain where I think things are not meeting my expectations. Apple is not infallible. Since Apple can’t be bothered to update the open-source components of their OS, I…