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I’ve tried every iteration of Ubuttnu, CentOS, and FreeBSD since. Even OpenWhatever, before the goblins bought it. I have Thinkpads and Dell XPS “Developer Editions” and a drawer full of other crap like that.
Executive summary: it’s all garbage time. It’s like going back 10+ years. Nothing works right, on any of them. Copy/paste, batteries, wireless networking, drag and drop, high-res displays, multilingual input, even like fucking word processing and email and image editors and terminal programs… it’s all like Mac OS X Jaguar level.
We can’t give Apple the finger, even though we want to (and definitely after last week, we all want to) because there literally isn’t an OS in the world that can touch Mac OS for general-purpose workstation/laptop use. (For niche and limited-purpose, yes, there are options.)
Elementary OS is a fucking joke. Every OS mentioned disparagingly above is a better choice for almost any purpose. But those are still horrible.
Apple’s OS advantage is what lets them say “Fuck you peons, here’s some 3 year old technology and a bag of dongles, that’ll be $4000.”
But we’re mostly all gonna buy the new shitty MacBook Hipster, or gut it out with our old ones, until a better fucking OS happens. And that won’t be soon — it’s not even remotely on the horizon.
I’d say it’s the complete ecosystem with its seamless integration, better polish and user experience than alternatives that makes it hard to quit.
I just put this together tonight:
nmap <localleader>bq pmaV`]gw`a:s/^/> /g<CR>:nohlsearch<CR>o
Now copy some text (multiple paragraphs should work too) and in
Normal mode do
<localleader>bq. The paragraphs should be pasted, wrapped, and prefixed with
ma: set mark a
V`]: re-select the pasted text
`a: select back to mark “a”
:s/^/> /g: replace beginning of line with
:nohlsearch: remove the highlight from the previous command
Update: I think the following shorter version should work too:
pgw`]V`]:s/^/> /g.... It uses the paste markers instead of jumping back and forth and setting new ones.
On stage Thursday, Schiller said that the MacBook Pro’s keyboard was a second-generation version of the MacBook keyboard and featured design changes to give it more movement feel. As someone who is not a fan of the very small amount of keyboard travel on the MacBook keyboard, I noted the phrasing. He didn’t say the keys moved more, just that they felt better.
Well, it’s my sad duty to report that the MacBook Pro keyboard has the same key travel as the MacBook. Apple says the stainless steel dome switch beneath each key has been honed to give you a more responsive feel, but to me it feels just like the MacBook’s keyboard.
— Jason Snell: Some more hands-on experience with the new MacBook Pros
I’m ready for the new, possibly crappy, keyboard. And I have a few more mechanical keyboards waiting for me to find the right Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connectors.
But they can’t make a portable Mac with 32GB of RAM.
And, if you’re an illustrator or animator like my sister, they can’t make a good Mac for drawing (like Microsoft’s Surface line, for example).
— Baldur Bjarnason: The downside of believing in Apple
Neither of those are can’ts. They’re both won’ts. This might make people who want such things even angrier (than if they were technical limitations), but they’re both deliberate design choices.
I already said that the the Intel blaming spin off is possibly true, but not the main point, so I couldn’t agree more.
For a developer work machine, 16GB is the uncomfortable minimum requirement. It does not cover the needs of a developer’s average workday without us making some compromises in our workflow and productivity.
Most of us, if given the choice between making compromises to our productivity and compromises to the battery life of the machines we buy, would choose a shorter battery life every time.
My work machine is 3.5 years old and even if it’s equipped already with 16GB of RAM, it can hardly sustain some of the jobs I want it to do.
The other thing that strikes me is that in over 3 years, Apple hasn’t figured out how to raise this limit. Even if Intel had a big contribution to the RAM limitation, I’d believe that 3 years would’ve been plenty to find a solution. At least for a company that prouds itself with innovation.
Apple really, really doesn’t care about its professional Mac users.
And that makes people angry. It makes app developers especially angry because they are the reason why anybody is able to use a Mac or iPhone for work.
One point I realized just now that I haven’t made very clear in Some thoughts on Chug Von Raspach’s How Apple could have avoided much of the controversy is that unfortunately the numbers are not in our favor. Apple’s stores are already filled with apps, there will always be others willing to replace the spots left open, and we are indeed a minority. This game is played over and over again by companies and external developers through the initially open platform mechanism. In all the cases though, it’s only the companies setting the rules and deriving the larger benefits. And in the end, there might be some lucky developers, while the rest will simply have to obey the rules and find the next game hoping that next time they’ll be among the lucky ones.
Chug Von Raspach starts the How Apple could have avoided much of the controversy article:
[…] but so much of what’s being thrown around is trivial and petty and often outright wrong, or just plain silly.
One thing is sure, such an opening made me both curious and circumspect. But it has also set the mood for challenging everything. Here it goes.
So, later in the event, Phil brings up a single slide that says something like “More is coming soon”, and adds some color about what that means — updated iMac, a new Mac pro, and — dare we dream — an update to the Mini?
Maybe there are reasons why Apple is not doing this. The most pessimistic I can think of is that there won’t be any such updates. Or maybe it is because they understand that such promises could have a significant impact on the sales of the top quarter. I know that if I’d hear even a whisper about an update of the MacBook Pro scheduled in the next 6 months, I’d cancel my current order now. Indeed this only speaks for myself as extending it to a larger group would assume that customers are aware of the latest gossip and they react rationally.
Anyways, Apple knows all these and they are still not doing it. It makes me believe that either the pessimistic case is highly probable or that Apple is not willing to take any risks with the winter sales cycle.
About the Mac Pro:
It was a technological marvel, it was a stunning design, and it was a terrible piece of hardware for it’s primary audiences […]
In a similar vein, is it possible that the current MacBook Pros could be considered less than
So if I’m spending $25-$30K on a car, spending another $100 on chains isn’t a big deal.
This makes sense. Putting $100 where you already put $25-30k won’t be seen as a big expense. I do doubt though that anyone actually loves being nickled and dimed. And that this makes for a good buying experience.
How about the dongles for the MacBook Pros? If we consider only a subset of the dongles in Apple’s list, one might end up spending an additional $100. Not a big deal, right? Now let’s not forget about the $200 price increase of the new models and thus people buying the new models will end up spending an extra $300. So for a $25-30k car we spend an additional $100 and for a $2-3k laptop we’ll spend $300 more. Does this still make sense? Not to me.
[…] we have to remember most people aren’t interested for computers as computers, they are interested in solving problems, and use computers for doing that.
This is very true. Each type of user hires a computer for specific jobs. Once a tool cannot perform those jobs anymore or becomes prohibitively expensive, users will have to look for a solution.
One of the most vocal segment complaining about the new models are developers. To avoid any confusion, this group is primarily complaining about the limited RAM and the GPU of the new models; not about the price increase or the dongle-hell. Unfortunately I don’t have any data that can back what follows:
Take a step back and think about this product: let’s say Apple releases a MacBook Pro, probably 15” with a special configuration for power users: you can build it out to 32Gb (probably comes in 16 and 32Gb only), has a beefier CPU/GPU — and gets 2-3 hours of battery life.
On the other hand, I do agree with Chug Von Raspach that Apple is looking at revenue numbers when making decisions and they probably have better data than my speculations.
So, think about niches and market sizes: If only about 10% (SWAG(1) numbers) of MacBook Pro users are likely to have memory issues at 16Gb and then only for specific tasks like 4K video rendering, and if only 40% of those users would consider buying this memory enhanced special product (at a premium), is it worth Apple doing?
I do wonder what will happen when developers will determine that the MacBook Pros are not able to fulfill the jobs they are hired to do for this segment. It won’t be all of them. But I can bet that many developers that were waiting for the new MacBook Pro models, probably since WWDC, are asking themselves what alternatives they could employ.
That 4% segment could be responsible for applications in the Apple stores or related services. Possibly the loss could be slightly larger. Check the names in Michael Tsai’s New MacBook Pros and the State of the Mac.
There is also this spin on the story blaming Intel for the RAM limitation. Part of it can be true, but if we follow the arguments of niches and revenue numbers, it can also be a sign of misaligned interests.
I am part of the small subgroup of the developer segment that actually ordered a new MacBook Pro. I’m concerned about this model and talk about that because:
And last, but most important, I want to know that I’m not locked into an ecosystem that is not meant for the jobs I want to accomplish. Migrating takes time and is expensive. Being able to interpret the signs can buy me more time and spread the risk and investment over a longer period. I’m afraid I cannot agree that these are silly or outright wrong. And I strongly disagree that:
A lot of it boils down to this concept: We demand Apple innovate, but we insist they don’t change anything.
John Gruber’s comment on a Reddit thread about the 16GB max RAM limit in the newly announced MacBook Pros:
Apple simply places a higher priority on thinness and lightness than performance-hungry pro users do. Apple is more willing to compromise on performance than on thinness and lightness and battery life. Intel just doesn’t make the chips that Apple needs.
If the 16GB max RAM limitation would be a problem of Apple not finding the right technology from their suppliers, I’d probably understand it, even if we are buying (and paying the premium prices for) Apple’s products. But to me this looks more like a misalignment of priorities, as there are other laptop vendors offering beefier machines.
After upgrading my Apple Watch Series 2 to the recently released 3.1, I got the feeling that the battery lasted longer.
As a rather new owner of the Apple Watch, I’m still developing my recharging habits. I’m wearing the watch all day and all night, for sleep tracking which I still hope will become something better supported, then recharge it the next morning.
Until now, when waking up, my watch showed the battery being somewhere between 20-40%. But since the upgrade, I’ve noticed that in the morning the battery is around 60-70%.
It looks like others are noticing similar improvements:
Over the past few days a hidden advantage of 3.1 has been discovered, with users on the MacRumors forums and Reddit mentioning that they have vastly improved battery life on their Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 following the new update.
I will continue with my current schedule for recharging every morning, but I do appreciate the fact that 1) the recharge will take less time; 2) I don’t need to worry if I forget to recharge it immediately after waking up; and 3) I can sleep in for quite a bit before depleting the battery.
On the other hand, I’m wondering if Apple should change the wording about the improved battery life. I think the tricky part advertising a battery life longer than 24 hours is that it might lead some users to change their recharging habits and increase the chances to find themselves with the watch battery on the red. This is less of an issue for mechanical watches, or at least the automatic ones, advertising their reserve power in terms of hours, but usually somewhere between 24 and 48 hours, as these do not require an external charger.
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