20 Years of SuperDrive

Via 512 Pixels: 2001 was a huge year in terms of Apple history. … First SuperDrive This really caught my attention. The current incarnation of the SuperDrive has remained largely static for 20 years and it’s still available for purchase. It still has no eject button, it still doesn’t support USB-C, and it still doesn’t support Blu-ray. Shockingly, it still costs $79. Additionally, to connect it to a modern USB-C MacBook you’d need the $19 adapter....

January 5, 2021 · 1 min

Brexit Agreement Mentions Technologies from a Bygone Era

Apparently, the Brexit Agreement has been in negotiation a lot longer than we’ve been led to believe because it references technologies that were introduced in 1997 and haven’t been updated since 2002. On page 921 of the agreement: s/MIME functionality is built into the vast majority of modern e-mail software packages including Outlook, Mozilla Mail as well as Netscape Communicator 4.x and inter-operates among all major e- mail software packages....

December 29, 2020 · 1 min

16-inch MacBook Pro—Webcams and Kernel Panics

I think the 16-inch MacBook Pro is fantastic in every way, with two exceptions. The first exception is the webcam: it is rubbish. It’s criminal that Apple hasn’t updated the webcam in the MacBook range since 2012. I’m resigned to this never improving, it’s a hardware issue after all and Apple seems to have no interest in upgrading their webcams, even on the Pro_est_ of Pro MacBooks. (Note: Reincubate looks like it might be a way to improve things....

May 29, 2020 · 1 min

Twitter Starts Tagging Trump’s False Tweets

Julia Carrie Wong and Sam Levine, for The Guardian: Twitter for the first time took action against a series of tweets by Donald Trump, labeling them with a warning sign and providing a link to further information. … Trump’s tweets include numerous false statements about California’s plan to expand access to voting by mail in November due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tweets now feature a light blue exclamation point icon, with the message “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”....

May 26, 2020 · 1 min

Apple Watch Pride Edition Nike Sport Band

The new Pride Edition Nike Sport Band, announced today, is all kinds of awesome. It looks fantastic. (The watch face isn’t that bad, either.)...

May 18, 2020 · 1 min