Cool does not equal usefulness

Apple is not listening to its users, and is falling behind with its products being cool and useful.  The new Macbook Pro is anything but a professional machine.  It maybe can replace some desktops, but not all.  It can certainly replace the 2013 Mac Pro, which is supposed to be the top of the line professional computer from Apple.  For some reason Apple takes years to update its computers.  I would love to spend another $5400 on a new Mac Pro with more modern CPUs and GPUs, but I do not have that option.  

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Dongles are Apple’s new business model

I am extremely disappointed with the new Apple Macbook Pro laptops.  Sure the new Touch Bar is a cool gimmick, and that is exactly what it is, but killing all the ports that pros actually use is a huge mistake.  I am not even sure Apple knows what people do with their laptops.

I use Apple products for work.  I have Mac Pro computers at home that are powerful enough to handle running multiple VMWare Fusion virtual machines, while I am coding in Eclipse and may be editing photos in Lightroom or Photoshop.   Sorry Apple but the Photos application does not replace Lightroom yet.  All of this hooked up to several screens.  I was upset when the new Mac Pros took away all the expandability and I needed to buy new high end monitors and external enclosures for my hard drives.  I have since consolidated and moved to a NAS.

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The iPhone and The FBI

I find it hard to believe that the FBI cannot crack an iPhone.   After ten attempts the phone might wipe itself, which is what the FBI is afraid might happen.  Maybe they do not use Macs in the FBI, but with Xcode, a tool from Apple to create code for OS X and the i devices, it is possible to emulate Apple devices. So how could an iPhone be emulated?  Easy!  Dump the memory from the phone.  I used to do this with Atari 2600 cartridges in the 1970s.  While the method is different today, the basics are the same.  Afterwards, import the image to a Mac and try until cracked.  Copying the ROMS and flash should work on any device.  It may take longer without the ten try limit as the emulated image might wipe itself, but it gives the FBI a chance to crack the phone.  They could have multiple instances running at different points to try to crack it.  Given the proper resource, it should take less than one hour to break.  Does the FBI pay well?

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Prince George Orders Execution Of Classmates During First Day At School | Waterford Whispers News

Prince George Orders Execution Of Classmates During First Day At School

Source: Prince George Orders Execution Of Classmates During First Day At School | Waterford Whispers News

For those not familiar with the Waterford Whispers, it is similar to The Onion in the US, but based in Ireland.  The journal is more witty than The Onion.  Enjoy!

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I love Santiago, Chile

I have been told that there are more interesting places in Chile that I must visit, but I am in love with Santiago.  I was in Santiago for two weeks for work and walked over 50 kilometers around the sprawling city.  I walked from the streets in the business district to the highest peak in the city.  Within viewing distance was the Andes mountains tempting me to climb them.

Santiago mixes Spanish culture and design with modernity.  There are some fabulous restaurants and bars in the center, and even better places not too outside the center.  I was amazed by the consumption of beer that the locals drink.  They have fabulous wines but during the weekend the Chileans are top notch beer drinkers.  There are plenty of places to go dancing, all types of dancing, and I did dance the night away.  Many of the public parks are wonderful, and have lots of interesting Spanish architecture in them.

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Western Massachusetts travels

This weekend brought me to the western part of Massachusetts.  The western part is known for the Berkshire mountains and the farm land.  A little over two hours of driving from Boston on some of the scenic and curvy roads of route MA-116 brought me through several small villages that looked like time was standing still from he 16th and 17th century.  I stopped at a small village called Conway, which was very quaint.  The village has a small central road, called Main Street.
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King’s Quest 2015

I am unbelievably happy that Sierra released a new version of King’s Quest for the modern consoles.  I remember thinking how revolutionary these games were on the Apple IIe and IBM PCs.  The graphics are stunning, the game play is similar and very witty.

The game is a reimagining of the original series from the  1980s.  The game is not completely point and click to have something happening. Games have progressed since the original release and so has the new King’s Quest.  The puzzles are not too hard and the landscape is not as vast as some of the open world games of today.  The voice actors add amazing wit!  Christopher Lloyd and Wallace Shawn are amazing in this game.

Those who remember the old games of the era will be transported back in time, but with better graphics. Those who find open world games a bit unwieldy should try this game.  I bought it for the PS4 the moment it was available.

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The Ultimate Hard Drive Test: What Hard Drive is Best?

What hard drive is best? As of the end of Q1 2015 we had 44,252 hard drives spinning in our datacenter. Click now to see which drives performed best.

Source: The Ultimate Hard Drive Test: What Hard Drive is Best?

All the major hard drive companies make claims about their reliability of their drives, but when they are forced to perform in a datacenter the results are startling.  Backblaze, a cloud backup company, has tens of thousands of hard drives in their datacenter to store their customers’ data.  They use a wide array of hard drives from various manufacturers for their storage, and have released their results this year.  Like last year’s results, HGST, a Hitachi brand, reigns supreme.
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Border Control and Derby Line, Vermont

I was on a recent road trip from Boston to Montréal and back, and I stopped in several small towns and parks along my route. These stops included places in the States of New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. The route I took was not the quickest, but that was never my intention. My intention was to see some places I have never seen before.

One of the most interesting places was the small village of Derby Line, Vermont, which borders Stanstead, Quebec. The two appear to be one town, but with the US and Canadian border running through them. Unfortunately, it appears in the past decade border control has become tighter with most of the streets that connect each other closed or having limited access. The border enforcement has caused all types of confusion with the locals from both sides of the border of how to legally cross the street without being arrested.

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