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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210942)10/6/2021 3:49:31 PM
From: Doren
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> but reworking the software to accommodate the changes would likely have taken months.

In the case of the company I worked for, they didn't have an interface designer, let alone a usability consultant among the 60 or so highly paid coders.

I once complained about a Photoshop interface to the guy who got me the job there, his solution? "Whip out a command line." He he...

That was the attitude of the people who ran the company... guys like the CTO who had two doctorates and was an original Oracle employee. "They'll learn"

Its interesting that Amazon has a really great user interface... its so damn easy to use. Homedepot and Walmart's sites are almost useless. Its no wonder Amazon kills the opposition just like the competitor to the company I worked for won. I almost never order stuff on Walmart's site. HD is getting better but it still sucks. I use "wrench site:homedepot.com" to search it on google its so bad. I find myself buying more and more tools on Amazon rather than Homedepot just because its so much easier.

Seems to me usability is worth the initial expense in the long run. Its not that expensive or time consuming. The paradigms are well known and scientific. Bezos really gets it in that respect.

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To: greg s who wrote (210947)10/6/2021 3:53:54 PM
From: Doren
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> Steve Jobs was no Bob Noyce. (caution language)


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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210948)10/6/2021 3:54:57 PM
From: Doren
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"Just whip out a command line. You don't need no stinkin' mouse!"

He he...

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To: oldbeachlvr who wrote (210941)10/6/2021 4:07:00 PM
From: Doren
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You can buy an older model iPhone on Tracfone (11, XR, XE) and a year's unlimited service on the Verizon network there is $200 last I checked. Same exact network, but the iPhones don't come cheaper there than anywhere else.

ATT is probably the worst company I've ever had to deal with. I'll never use them again. Tracfone has actually been pretty damn good to me.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210942)10/6/2021 4:28:54 PM
From: Doren
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> Apparently Apple did solicit feedback from professionals for the current Mac Pro, and look how long that took to come to market.

I was just thinking about this... its kind of astounding. Apple has ignored feedback from its users for decades. I've often thought ignoring your customers is ignoring a valuable asset. I almost never buy anything without looking at Amazon or Homedepot feedback. Its always perplexed me that companies ignore feedback or they give you feedback choices that don't apply.

I ALWAYS ask my customers to give me feedback, but they rarely do because over the years I've listened to them and fixed the things I did that they didn't like. I also try to put myself in their shoes.

The MacPro tube is indicative of why I'm glad Ive is gone... of all the people who don't need a fancy looking computer I would have guessed professionals don't care one bit... they want power and rock solid reliability and upgrade abilty (not going to get that last one of course) over everything else would be my guess. Seems to me that should have been a no brainer... and that Ive was a great bullshitter.

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To: Doren who wrote (210954)10/6/2021 5:02:21 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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AT&T's insurance company for iPhones truly sucks. They use Asurion and I tried to get a replacement for my mother's scratched iPhone 6S Plus so we could turn the replacement in for an upgrade to an iPhone 13 Pro.

Asurion tries to force everything through their automated systems online, which didn't work when I tried as it couldn't identify her phone. It finally gave us a phone number to call, and after talking with a pleasant but largely clueless worker drone, I was transferred to another number where someone supposedly could fix this issue.

The worker drone ended up screwing up the automated system so that every phone on the account was assigned to the same phone number now, so it's useless.

Got disconnected from the transferred call as it said the claim was invalid, and tried two more times with the same result. An email told us the same thing.

So, my parents have been paying every month for iPhone insurance they can't use with no way to fix it. I told them to cancel the insurance since it's just a waste of money if it's impossible to ever file a claim.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210927)10/6/2021 5:39:28 PM
From: Doren
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OS security. The results are in. Kind of. If JF can find opposition stats I'd love to see them.

> I find it humorous you think Chromebooks are so much more secure than Macs or PCs.

(I didn't say "so much more" I said more secure than OSX. I think a little more but enough to use to bank online.)

OK I'd like to find real statistics where we'd know a percentage number for compromises/computer but... oh well. Can one trust a google search? I think we can't trust any corporations, they all lie and cheat... however...

Since MY intent to purchase of a Chromebook is mainly to avoid having to upgrade my browser on my older but otherwise perfectly functional Mac...

Economically buying an expensive new Mac and replacing perfectly good software with expensive and inferior software is a main goal. In addition the Chromebook I intend to buy will function as a googlemap on trips and a nice computer to use in bed while watching TV since the screen has touch capability and it works as a pad and "flips" in other words will stand up. It will also function as a better TV using youtube and wifi in hotel rooms rather than their shitty Spectrum TV. Again it stands up AND it has a nice screen. I can buy cheap memory cards or use a standard USB plug so I can carry a USB pen with movies, and TV shows.

In addition the Chrome vulnerabilities like fishing and apps won't be anything I'll fall for. I rarely use any apps, and I'll use only googleplay app downloads.

It just makes too much sense. Way more than an expensive Macbook. Plus I won't have to worry so much about losing it or damaging it... way cheaper at $341 today on Amazon.

I may buy an M1 someday but again economically I'm putting it off as long as possible.

Here are the results of a quick search:

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This one seems the most statistical, and since its a non-profit specializing in security the most credible:

SECURITY.ORG: Do Chromebooks Need Antivirus Software?

There’s no question that, when it comes to viruses and other forms of malware, Chromebooks are safe. How safe? Well, the website CVE Details1 lists just 55 vulnerabilities for Chrome OS. Compare that to 1,111 vulnerabilities for Windows 10, and a whopping 2,212 for Mac’s OS X; with five percent as many vulnerabilities as its closest competitor, it’s a pretty simple matter to declare Chromebook the safest option.

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DIGITAL TRENDS: OS security showdown

So what’s the best option if security is a prime concern?

I’d have to say Chrome OS. However, the limited functionality and restricted flexibility of the operating system make it a hard sell for anyone who wants something more out of their laptop than a web browser with a couple of add-ons installed can provide.

From a practical perspective, then, OS X is the obvious choice. Apple has proven itself to be one of the best at fighting off the bad guys, yet there’s also a broad range of software available. Not as much as Windows, to be sure, but enough for most users to get their feet wet.

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COMPUTER WORLD: A Chromebook offers Defensive Computing when traveling

Without question, a Chromebook is safer than Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS or Android. Security is baked into the design.

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REDDIT: What makes Chrome OS more secure than macOS? Discussion

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (210956)10/6/2021 5:47:03 PM
From: Doren
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Many of my friends have had horrible experiences with ATT.

I spent months getting my business phone # back from them while they were charging me $80 a month... it started at $50 but I'd call it ATT creep... the charges just keep creeping up. I pay $13 a month now.

I hate them with a passion.

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From: NAG110/7/2021 11:15:25 AM
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2 nice articles on Ped30

First, some App Store numbers from Katy Huberty which are looking ok

macobserver.com

The next talks about Apple taking Car Play to the next level

ped30.com

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To: Doren who wrote (210957)10/7/2021 12:34:20 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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A bit OT for this thread perhaps, but thought you'd want to know, Doren:

Linux is now 'usable as a basic desktop' for M1 Macs - 9to5Mac

After almost a year of a project to port Linux to the M1 Macs, news looked better than worse. By the end of June, Linux Kernel was available to Macs with Apple’s proprietary processor, and now the creators of the project are saying Linux is now “usable as a basic desktop.”

According to the progress report of September, Asahi Linux is running better than ever, although it still lacks GPU acceleration on M1 Macs as the team approached version 5.16 of the software.

The team was able to merge some drivers such as PCIe bindings, PCIe drive, and USB-C PD drive. Princtrl drive, I2C driver, ASC mailbox driver, IOMMU 4K patches, and Device Power Management are still in review.
“On typical SoCs, drivers have intimate knowledge of the underlying hardware, and they hard-code its precise layout: how many registers, how many pins, how things relate to each other, etc. This is effectively a requirement for most SoCs, because hardware tends to vary quite a bit from generation to generation, so drivers always require changes to support newer hardware.

However, Apple is unique in putting emphasis in keeping hardware interfaces compatible across SoC generations – the UART hardware in the M1 dates back to the original iPhone! This means we are in a unique position to be able to try writing drivers that will not only work for the M1, but may work –unchanged– on future chips as well. This is a very exciting opportunity in the ARM64 world.
According to the blog post, the team will still need to wait for the M1X/M2 chips launch to make sure if they succeed in making enough drivers forwards-compatible to boot Linux on newer chips.

As for now, Linux on the M1 Macs keeps looking promising as the operating system gets faster in these machines, thanks to the new drivers:
With these drivers, M1 Macs are actually usable as desktop Linux machines! While there is no GPU acceleration yet, the M1’s CPUs are so powerful that a software-rendered desktop is actually faster on them than on e.g. Rockchip ARM64 machines with hardware acceleration.

While there are certainly many rough edges and missing drivers, getting to this point allows development to be self-hosted and developers to eat their own dogfood. Alyssa has been doing just that, using her M1 Mac running her own kernel merges as a daily driver.
If you want to read the full report of how the progress of Linux on M1 Mac is going, click here.

Link: 9to5mac.com

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