Month: February 2016

  • This Week In Tech

    I was a guest on this past Sunday’s This Week In Tech podcast with host Leo LaPorte. Joined Wired’s Roberto Baldwin and Slate’s Will Oremus to talk about the news of the day, including Apple and the FBI, VR, Roombas and much more!

  • Tithing without end

    Software As A Service is like tithing to a million churches. — Peter Cohen (@flargh) February 25, 2016

  • Apple and the FBI – straight from the horse’s mouth

    Apple has been in the news a lot this past week for its refusal to comply with a court order demanding it to unlock an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino massacre. There’s been a lot of ink spilled but there’s still a lot of confusion about what, exactly, the […]

  • Error 53 redux – Apple’s apology and explanation

    Recent reports indicate that iPhone owners who get their Touch ID sensors replaced can run into an “Error 53” problem, at least if the repair is done by someone who isn’t an authorized Apple service provider, or an Apple store. I’ll let Apple explain in this support document that’s been posted to their web site. The company has […]

  • Overload game is coming, for fans of Descent

    More exciting news for old-school gamers: Overload is coming from Revival Productions. What’s more, it’s coming to Mac too. Overload is from the original talent behind one of the most legendary 6DOF (six degree of freedom) shooters ever made: Descent. Originally developed by Parallax Software and published by Interplay (published for the Mac by Interplay’s […]

  • Endless Sky: Old-school Mac gaming fun

    Back in the 1990s I started my own gaming site — a web site dedicated specifically to Mac games. For the most part, I’d play games, post reviews, and move on to the next one. But a few of them were really addictive. Ones that I’d come back to again, and again, and again. Games that […]

  • Getting a .bzvol error with Backblaze? Creative Cloud may be to blame

    Some time in the past day Backblaze customers started seeing a peculiar error message pop up on their computers:   Turns out the problem is related to Adobe Creative Cloud, according to this support document from Backblaze. Adobe Creative Cloud appears to be removing the contents of the first hidden folder it finds on the […]

  • Apple needs to get back to simple

    Writing for the LA Times, Michael Hiltzik says Apple has a problem. The last few weeks have seen an explosion of discontent with the quality of the core apps of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Mac computers — not only its OS X and iOS operating systems, but programs and services such as iTunes, Music, iCloud […]

  • 2013 Mac Pro with video issues? Call Apple

    If you’re using a “trashcan” Mac Pro — one of the new turbine-shaped models released since December 2013 — you should be aware of a new “Repair Extension Program.” MacRumors has the scoop. Graphics cards in some of the Mac Pros made between February and April 2015 have exhibited problems with distorted video, no video, […]

  • Apple’s app problem

    Writing for iMore, Rene Ritchie on the problems Apple faces as an app developer: And perhaps that’s where the answer lies — in stopping the impossible. Tough as it is, letting go of the legacy Windows and iPod support would let Apple take iTunes to the cloud and modularize sync and other services on the […]