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They aren’t MAC computers

One of my pet peeves is when someone writes about MAC computers. Mac is not an acronym. It’s short for Macintosh.* So why do so many people write MAC? My best guess is that these folks are familiar with PCs, so they apply the capitalization to Macs too. MAC is a technical acronym that you…

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Apple’s SMB problem

In the Mojave 10.14.5 update, Apple broke reliable SMB file sharing. Organizations found that the SMB service would stop responding after a few hours of uptime. Apple addressed this problem in 10.14.6. Apple has another SMB problem. In this case, I’m talking about Small and Medium-sized Businesses. Apple has gradually been moving away from server…

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2019 Apple wish list

I’m eagerly awaiting the new modular Mac Pro. I hope Apple offers a PCI expansion chassis, standard M.2 SSDs (or reasonably priced proprietary SSD cards), and standard PC graphics cards. In other words, give us outstanding hardware without crippling the expandability and gouging your customers. New iMacs. Fusion drives and rotating drives should be omitted…

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Apple Customer service iOS devices

Apple lawsuit update

Back in November, I wrote a blog post about the SIM deactivation issue on Verizon iPads. In a nutshell, Apple’s web advertising is deceptive. Apple claims that the cellular data plan can be managed from the iPad at any time, when this is clearly not the case. What Apple doesn’t tell its customers is that…

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Apple Customer service iOS devices

Verizon iPad SIM card deactivation

If you’re considering buying an iPad for use on the Verizon network, or already own one, the following is extremely important. Apple advertises that cellular service for the iPad can be purchased month-to-month, and managed directly on the device. Unfortunately, this isn’t true on Verizon iPads under the following circumstances: 1. If you cancel your…

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Apple Brand Value

According to Interbrand, Apple is now the 2nd most valuable brand in the world. While this isn’t a very surprising finding, I’ll add a personal story. I was in a tourist shopping village in Laos last year. I met a little girl, the daughter of a poor merchant. She didn’t speak any English. I showed…