COMMENTARY: Macs dissed by NCIS


So, I’m watching one of my very enjoyable TV shows, NCIS, (“very enjoyable” is far above “well, there’s nothing else on,” and a bit below “gotta watch it”), and resident geek Agent McGee unpacks a box from home, stuff from his childhood, and pulls out… a Mac/SE. Sort of. Read the rest of this entry »


COMMENTARY: No Steve? No APPLE at Macworld?


No Steve this January. No Apple next January. Come on! Many thoughts come to mind, such as… well, iPhones and iPods are running the company, so is the Mac going to be a retroactive bastard child, unloved and forgotten in the near future, and, yes, I hope Steve Jobs’s health is okay. But for further thoughts, check my friend/colleague Tonya Engst’s couldn’t-have-said-it-better-myself commentary at the TidBITs site.

DISCUSS: What’s the worst Mac dialog/alert box?


When it come to dialog boxes asking for information, or alerts that tell you something but brook no discussion, there are many candidates for the best… that is, the worst, one around.

What’s your candidate?

COMMENTARY: Happy Birthday, mouse!


The computer mouse is 40 years old – sort of, depending on whether you count the prototype or the first working model (there’s a picture of it at the end of this post). In our book Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon, Andy Baird and I mistakenly said: Read the rest of this entry »

COMMENTARY: MagSafe metaphysics on Apple site


Apple’s website writers sometimes seem to be more enthusiastic, somewhat gifted, teenagers than professionals. Whether it’s PR, specs, or Help documents, many pages are a curious mixture of info, missing info, hype, and slightly-off-the-mark zeal. Case in point: one of my favorites – a line about the MagSafe power adapter. Read the rest of this entry »