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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Today,¬†Apple released iTunes 11, the anticipated update that has been due “sometime in November” since they announced it earlier this year. Judging from reactions on Twitter it’s having a mixed response: the new UI is, as expected, either refreshing or distressing depending on your particular attachment to the old look-and-feel, and the extent to which […]

Exceptional Apps

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Today I went to launch VMware 4.1.0 on my OS X 10.8.1 Mac and was met with this surprising refusal to open: Well, that’s interesting. Mac OS X supports the ability for applications to specify in their “Info.plist” files the minimum system version they require, but as far as I know there are no keys […]

Cachet

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

It’s common to observe in retrospect that a popular band, television show, clothing style, or even a country has outlived its popularity. We internet hipsters refer to this as jumping the shark, in homage to the popular American television series “Happy Days.” It’s less common to know when some focus of celebrity is at a […]

Simple Passphrase Conundrum

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

My sympathies go out to Mat Honan who, as he puts it, “was hacked. Hard.” After exploiting his iCloud account, the attackers took over his Gmail account, and proceeded to remote-wipe the contents of his iPhone, iPad and Mac. He states in his recollection of the tragedy that the compromised Apple ID had a 7-character […]