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Looks like the HomePod will be coming soon. They delayed the release of the device because the software wasn’t quite there yet. This is so rare in tech. Most products ship regardless of defects and get patched later. Apple can’t get away with this. They took a lot of heat for not releasing the HomePod on time.

There will be no wine until it’s time...
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Yeah! Apple approved the net neutrality detection app. They said they rejected it because there’s a glut of very bad utilities. Tell me about it! There is an app for Apple TV that costs $20 and it displays system stats, including how much free space you have. There is another one that does it for free. tvOS doesn’t show you how much free space is available on Apple TV. Oops! (It is no secret that Apple TV is the worst Apple product, and it’s not that bad. It is very stable, no crashes, but there are these small annoyances...)

The App Store is not the only one full of garbage. There are worse app markets that are full of rip offs and garbage. Their strict policies keep bad apps out of the store, but some good ones get rejected. This is all the more reason we should be able to side-load apps without jailbreaking. Apple can curate the App Store as they see fit, but consumers can download apps off the web. Most of the Mac apps I have purchased are NOT sold in the App Store, because most developers believe they can market their product better than Apple. That 30% cut that Apple takes is too much for many developers. The Mac allows side-loading apps from the web, but they put up a warning and you have to adjust settings or approve each app. Not a bad thing. They just need to do this on iOS.
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Come on Apple! This is all the more reason why we need to be able to side-load apps (at our own “risk”).
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I have to admit, I actually get some static from older people in the Bay Area who assume I am a tech carpet bagger. There is one self-checkout attendant at a supermarket who treats me like dirt, because he thinks I am some East Coast carpet bagger. He asked me where I am from, and made some comment about me being from the East Coast. I lived on the East Coast 30 years ago. I’ve lived in CA for 30 years and in the Bay Area for over 20 years. I am no carpet bagger. I didn’t show up here when mobile apps and social media became lucrative. I was working in tech before the whole .com thing took off. I developed one of the first web/db sites, back when the web was just ugly, static web pages and Java didn’t even exist. I worked on R&D to do streaming video over the web back when no one was doing this... Way before Netflix, YouTube or any other video provider.

That said, I see why people don’t like tech carpetbaggers. They have contributed to making the cost of living here unbearable. Their values are incompatible with that of the Bay Area. SF is just like NYC during the 80s Wall Street boom. Greedy sociopaths flock to wherever the money is. Right now, this is the Silicon Valley. This is why I no longer work in tech. The jobs are horrible, because 25% of the employees are sociopaths. It used to be more like 10%, which is still unusually high. (Dr. Martha Stout estimates that 4% of the population are sociopaths.)

To be fair, long standing Bay Area residents have put up developmental roadblocks to ensure their property remains valuable. There are huge swaths of land in the area, but no new homes are being built. There is finally some push back. It looks like some new houses may be built in Brisbane, but this is so far off. It could be a disaster when it finally happens, with a tech implosion and a glut of housing destroying the real estate market...

Whatever happens, it will be interesting... I understand people’s frustrations, but the land lords and long standing homeowners are also a big part of the problem. You can’t blame this all on Google and Apple. Their engineers aren’t paid enough to even buy a house here. You cannot buy a home here, even a condo, on $130 - $150k a year. It sounds like a lot of money, but even cops make $160k a year here. Yes, cops make more than most software engineers, and they probably deserve it too.
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I hope Apple reports on how many morons would actually prefer that their phone shuts down instead of slows down. I can’t believe they gave in and added such an idiotic setting. What’s next? Can I opt out of having the fans cool my Mac Pro, and then sue Apple over it? This is idiotic insanity.
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Great! Now the mystery is, where will they build it? I’m sure governors are lining up to offer all sorts of incentives...
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A lot of people don’t understand that California is not a monolith. There are parts of CA that are more like Oklahoma or Texas. For example, if you have ever been to Bakersfield, it feels more like Oklahoma or Texas than California. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, is a stereotype of California.

I do have to admit, the direction of this state can be a bit frustrating and confusing at times. I seriously doubt that liberal, costal CA will split from rural, conservative CA.
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Why do these guys always use sales instead of usage? Probably because it better supports the point they want to make.

If you really want to know operating system market share, just Google “operating system market share wikipedia”. Read the wikipedia article. The takeaway should be that none of these surveys agree. It’s all about what you want to prove, which is usually based on patronage — who is paying for the article.
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Recently updated (although not that much), this is still the cheapest MacBook you can get and it is still tiny by today’s standards. But nothing like this even existed 10 years ago. Then you saw a lot of notebooks that followed suit and actually cost more. I was at Costco and saw a Dell XPS that had similar dimensions, for $1400. The specs were a bit better, but those will get eaten away by Window’s lackluster performance.

BTW, I used two Windows 10 machines over the holidays. Windows still has that problem with the hard drive churning like crazy when the machine goes idle. I have noticed this with all versions of Windows on every machine I have used over the past 20 years. Virtual memory? It happens in Windows machines that have massive amounts of RAM. Disk Defrag? Maybe. Indexing for searches? Maybe. Reducing the lifespan of your hard drive? Definitely.

I swear, every Windows machine I have used sounds like it is churning butter, with that hard drive just cranking away... My Mac’s drives actually go to sleep to save energy.
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