Posted a few comments on this Ask Slashdot article yesterday. Come back, and they've disappeared. They've not been deleted - I can still access them, from the recent comments area of my profile - and they've not been downmodded either. Not a Beta issue, as I'm not currently on it.
Personally, I'm a little disappointed with Apple's system. First, it's not wireless
I don't see the wired connection as a problem. You need to plug something into your phone anyway to keep it charged on a long trip (especially if you're streaming your music collection), so you might as well route whatever data this thing needs over that connection.
And this is why I bought a double edge razor handle.
Right around the time I was considering making the switch, Woot was offering Mach3-compatible cartridges at somewhere near a dollar each for a dozen. Considering that the "genuine" cartridges usually sell for 3-4x more, that was a good-enough savings for now, and so far they've mostly gotten the job done. (The springs in one crapped out after only one or two uses.)
First, the essentials for me, on my iMac (many of which moved with my from PC background) :
Google Chrome - go-to web browser. (Safari just doesn't cut it, Firefox is good but doesn't work quite the way I'd like it to.)
VLC - the media player that will play anything!
F.lux - mentioned elsewhere in comments, this adjusts monitor brightness from daytime to nighttime.
Pathfinder - excellent power-user file manager for OSX.
DaisyDisk - find where all that hard disk space has gone.
CleanMyMac 2 - scrub the detritus from OSX and apps.
Torrent - for my torrenting needs.
Parallels Desktop - for when I need to run Windows software.
Mozilla Thunderbird - my mail manager of choice.
FontExplorer X Pro - organise and manage font library, root out dupes and duds.
Last.fm - because here in the UK at least, I can still listen to full tracks. Still the best way to find where to buy particular tracks.
Spotify - I still love my MP3s, but this way I can legally share the love.
Sophos Anti-Virus - because I know better than to believe the hype about Macs being less at risk.
LastPass / XMarks - recent addition, no more hassle losing passwords or bookmarks between browsers.
DesktopServer - for Wordpress site development and deployment.
Toast Titanium - still need to burn the occasional disc.
Steam - need I say more?
Pocket - where my read-later stuff goes.
Alfred - Like Spotlight, but with brains.
There are a few Windows apps that I miss, because there isn't a good Mac equivalent :
TeraCopy - Pathfinder does bulk copy operations, but doesn't support CRC checking / diff.
Everything - Spotlight is good, most of the time, but not fast. Alfred is better, but still no speed demon.
I used to use Beyond Compare for work purposes back when I was involved in USB flash device duplication - great for checking master copies prior to duplication, and double-checking selected duplicate sticks during duplication.
Along those lines, I'd also recommend TeraCopy - fast file copying with the option of CRC checking to spot any corrupted or missing files.
I must admit, I didn't buy a new version of Office for personal use for a long time (last PC version was Office 2000), and only got Office 2011 for Mac because I was found a cheap deal off eBay, plus Pages couldn't digest some of the Word documents I needed to use.
Given that there's no indication that Microsoft are going to do a new version of Office for Mac any time soon, I'm now looking into trying LibreOffice.
Worst part is that because I only occasionally need to crack open Word, Excel or Powerpoint, when I do want to do so I invariably have to wait whilst Microsoft AutoUpdate installs the latest update.
Best part, though, is that Office for Mac has an actual proper menu - I would probably go insane trying to use the fecking Ribbon!
$995 will buy a lot of cab rides.
It won't buy that many. Last time I took a cab home from the airport, it was about $50. That would only be about 20 trips.
I'll second that. Especially for big screens. (I have a 27" iMac.) Only caveat is that it's not so good if you're doing graphic work and want to be sure that your colours are correct - but then, if you're working into the evening or night I daresay you have other problems you need to deal with first.
Unfortunately, 127.0.53.53 is a perfectly valid IP address already in use globally - try pinging it on most machines for proof. Remember, the loopback address is not just 127.0.0.1 - it's that whole
This seems like a really, really stupid hack to me. If they are effectively revoking the domain, why not just return NXDOMAIN instead of bad data? Apart from the "people seeing it for the first time will be curious and go and Google 127.0.53.53 to see why", the rationale just doesn't hold up. Apart from anything else, returning that will cause mail servers to attempt delivery to themselves. Yes, it contains the traffic within the host - but NXDOMAIN would stop the traffic having anywhere to go too, and is the correct response. (One clueless hosting company did something very similar - any departing customer's DNS entries were updated to route mail to 127.0.0.1 - with the result mail bounced until the new delegation propagated fully. 127.0.53.53 would have exactly the same effect.)
I recently revisited some of my old haunts on Usenet. Only a few are still active, the rest are just barren wastes save for the occasional spam rolling by. Ironically, it was Google (thanks to acquiring the old Dejanews archives and turning it into Google Groups) rather than AOL who started the rot. AOL just let the newbies loose - Google turned the volume up to 11.
Now we have a World Wide Web where everyone and their dog is a social media / SEO 'expert', Facebook is becoming a walled garden so overgrown that no-one can see or hear you unless you have wads of cash handy, Google won't show you in search unless you submit yourself to Google+, and trolls run rampant whilst their victims are told to tough it out or get out.
When you pay at least $18,000 for a car, spending less than $150 for an OBDII reader that can be used on any car is, well, something you should have no problems doing.
You don't even have to spend that much. A Bluetooth OBD-II dongle will set you back maybe $20, and you can use any computer, Android device, or jailbroken iOS device to talk to it.
I don't get why I would want my ISP to have a say in whether or not (or how!) I disable my personal computer. But I also don't get why I'd want my government to have a role in that discussion either.
A structured, socialized statist society is always a rich society.
Like Venezuela? How's socialism working out for them, idiot?