2020 MacBook Air Impressions
For the past few years, I've been using a one-port 2016 MacBook as my personal laptop that I carry with me
whenever I am traveling or need to work outside the house. It's been a mixed bag – the size was pretty much perfect
and very similar to a thin version of my old 12" PowerBook G4, but the CPU performance was
absolutely awful and the battery only lasted about two hours. Also, I was finally bitten by the infamous Butterfly
Keyboard Issue and was getting double-entries from my spacebar.
In March, when Apple released the new MacBook Air with …
2019 iMac First Impressions
For the first time since early 2010, I have a desktop computer again!
It's a 2019 5K Retina iMac with an Intel Core i5-9600K (9th Generation, 6 physical cores), 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon
Pro 580X, and a 1TB SSD. Geekbench isn't exactly scientific, but it reports this computer as 50% faster single-core,
150% faster multi-core than the computer it's replacing.
Amusing Siri Date Localization Bug
Here's an amusing iOS 11 bug:
If an iOS device is set to the en-US locale and Siri is set to a British voice, when reading dates aloud, Siri transposes months and days. For example, given the command
Remind me Wednesday Morning to buy milk, Siri responds with
OK, I added it for Wednesday at 10/11/17 7:00. When reading this aloud, Siri reads it as
OK, I added it for Wednesday the 10th of November two thousand and seventeen at seven o'clock.
It seems kind of crazy to me the Apple is parsing the raw text shown on screen rather than having some kind of machine-readable tagged data. So weird!
I reported this to Apple. I guess we'll see if it gets fixed in iOS 12.
Hello friends. As you may remember from a few years ago, I am an iPhone user. Like several million of you,
I decided to upgrade to the iPhone 6 this year. I thought I'd share some really brief impressions:
- The 6 is gigantic. I have no idea how anyone is using the 6+. The photo above shows my 5s (which was already quite large) looking dwarfed by the 6. It still doesn't have anything on the iPad, though.
- The curved edges of the front really do feel a lot better for the forward/backward swipe gestures in iOS when compared …
If you've read any kind of tech news in the last few
days, you might've noticed that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is out. I wasn't
going to upgrade for a while, but then it launched and I did. So I've
been using Lion for a few days now, and I thought I'd join the endless
ranks of people on the Internet talking about Apple's latest big cat.
I'm not really going to be much competition for the real tech writers,
so if you want to learn nearly everything about Lion, I recommend making
a pot of tea and sitting down to John Siracusa's latest tome.
Otherwise, read on to see what I think of the new features.
An iPad in San Francisco
So, I've been in San Francisco apartment-hunting for the past
couple of days (I found a place!), and the only computers I brought with
me are my iPad and my iPhone. It occurred to me that this might be a
useful basis for a review, so enjoy. As a reminder, I have the 64GB
model with 3G and WiFi.
In brief, I am extremely satisfied. I have been using the iPad to browse
Craigslist, listen to music, keep up with my e-mail (including a
community-l thread that made me long for the upcoming threaded mail
view), and so on. It …