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Don’t Get Scammed / Phished by Look-Alike Emails (UPS Example)

See Apple Mail Security: Viewing Mail Headers for how to configure Apple Mail to make most phishing emails obvious. See also the Amazon phishing example and the security topics page.

Back in June MPG showed an example of a PayPal phishing email. This one shows one for UPS.com.

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Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Clicking on email links or attached files is risky: merely clicking on a link to go to the claimed site can result in compromising the computer for some users. While Mac users are generally better off, a Mac is no guarantee of safety, and all sorts of nasty tricks can be played on the desgination sites.

Phishing relies on “social engineering”, particularly an emotional reasponse (greed, fear, loyalty, irritation, friendship, authority, desire for help, etc). Often the phishing emails are difficult to distinguish from a legitmate email from the company being imitated and frequently even use the company’s own images from a legitimate server. If a link is clicked on, the destination web site may be a clone of the real one, which makes it even more “real” for the victim.

What you may lose: username and password, security codes, credit card numbers—anything you can be tricked into entering on a phishing site. Or you may have your computer encrypted and subjected to ransom-ware. No fun at all.

  • NEVER click on links in emails that you are not 100% certain of from a trusted party beforehand. Particularly on a Windows PC, though Mac users are at risk too.
  • Did I mention NEVER CLICK ON LINKS in EMAILS, NO MATTER WHAT? It’s just not worth it.
  • Configure your email program so that images do not automatically load in your mail program. If Mail loads images automatically, you’re essentially telling the sender (the criminal sending the email) that s/he’s got a “live one”: you. Ditto for mail on the iPhone or iPad.
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar errors. This example below is unusually good; it has only two obvioius errors in grammar/spelling (but “Valnecia” is another).
  • Configure the mail program to show Return-Path and X-Mailer message headers; these sometimes show obvious scammer information.
  • Check the "To" address. In this case, the "To" is not an email I use for PayPal—a very common red flag.

Example — phishing email pretending to be UPS

Below, a dangerous phishing email with all the headers showing. In this case, it should be obvious that UPS.com would not be sending email from beyondthebedd.com. Note also the capitalization errors and non-professional terminology in the footer.

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Reader Question: Carbon Copy Cloner and File Integrity

IntegrityChecker (simple GUI plus command line tool) is a must-have utility for data integrity that is part of diglloydTools.

Andrew Bwrites:

Out of curiosity, do have you ever run into IntegrityChecker discrepancies when using Carbon Copy Cloner to create backups?

MPG: No issues with Carbon Copy Cloner, as seen below in verifying 5.2TB of data just today.

diglloydMP:MPG lloyd$ ic verify Archive
IntegrityChecker(tm) v1.2.3 64-bit, diglloydTools 2.2.14, 2016-03-28 13:13
Copyright 2006-2016 DIGLLOYD INC. All Rights Reserved
Use of this software requires a license. See http://macperformanceguide.com/Software-License.html
OS X 10.11.6, 16 CPU cores, 65536MiB memory
2016-07-19 at 15:38:59072
Using threads = 6, read buffer size = 4096K, num buffers = 36
Looking for files in "/Volumes/Archive"...
1000...2000...  ... 229000...230000...231000...232000...Seconds to scan files: 4.54
232953 files found in 4.54 seconds.
Scanning 14521 folders for .ic files...100...200... ... 14400...14500...14521 hash-data files read in 97.67 seconds.
Selecting files for hashing...
Preparing to hash 218277 files...
Files prepared, hashing 218277 files...
0%:     19 files @ 722.0MiB/sec, processed 761.7 MiB
0%:     39 files @ 750.6MiB/sec, processed 1.52 GiB
0%:     57 files @ 755.3MiB/sec, processed 2.28 GiB
0%:     76 files @ 761.7MiB/sec, processed 3.05 GiB
0%:     97 files @ 754.3MiB/sec, processed 3.79 GiB
...
100%: 218233 files @ 697.9MiB/sec, processed 5.03 TiB
100%: 218258 files @ 697.9MiB/sec, processed 5.03 TiB
100%: 218267 files @ 697.9MiB/sec, processed 5.03 TiB
Finished reading 218277 files of 218277
100%: 218277 files @ 697.9MiB/sec, processed 5.04 TiB
100%: 218277 files @ 697.8MiB/sec, processed 5.04 TiB
Processed 5.04 TiB in 7567.1 seconds @ 697.8MB/sec
===================================================
ic verify Archive
2016-07-19 at 17:46:51947
===================================================
# Files with stored hash: 218277
# Files missing: 0
# Files hashed: 218275
# Files without hashes: 0
# Files whose size has changed: 0
# Files whose date changed: 0
# Empty files: 2
================
/Volumes/Archive/2016-0606-TripPhotos/LeicaSL/2016-0606-LeicaSL-WhiteMountains/LeicaSL-vs-M240-35mm-GraffitiInterior/LeicaSL/:
LeicaSLA.textClipping
/Volumes/Archive/2016-0606-TripPhotos/LeicaSL/2016-0608-LeicaSL-WhiteMountains/LeicaSL24_90-aseries-45mm-BristleconeLogOnHillside/:
D1000334-CORRUPT.DNG
# Files whose content changed (same size): 0
# Suspicious files: 0
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macOS 10.11.6 Issue with Pegasus?

William R writes:

Followed this site for years. Thought you might warn others using Promise RAID drives.

Recently updated perfectly running MacBook Pro to Yosemite because it is required to run Capture One 9. Attached Promise Pegasus 6 indicated firmware upgrade recommended after Yosemite upgrade. Did so and drive malfunctioned. Note a “voltage #3” parameter went critical immediately after the firmware upgrade. I was told incremental upgrades of firmware were necessary. I pointed out that it did not say that in release instructions. Also learned Promise has no repair facility and quite honestly they don’t care that their upgrade caused the problem. “So sad, too bad”.

Luckily when the drives were placed in another unit all the data is safe and uncorrupted. I have attached a copy of the interface with tech “UNsupport” so you can judge for yourself. I am sure there are better RAID companies out there and this chaos caused by the Apple OS X “upgrades” must stop!! Please warn others.

MPG: I foreswore Promise Technology after the sh*ttiest tech support experience ever. If free, I would not use their products. But of course Apple Core Rot is of concern, constantly breaking things, so Apple bears part of the blame for this type of thing.

My advice to William R is to remove the drives, buy an OWC Thunderbay 4, and then enjoy the combination of a sledgehammer and the Promise Pegasus 6 case near a dumpster. MPG has NEVER had to update firmware with the OWC Thunderbay 4. Five of them run without a hitch, for nearly two years now.

A short snippet from Promise Technology “support”, from William R’s attachment:

As we discussed on call a week ago, before update the firmware you should confirm the current firmware version and same would have been checked with Promise Technical Support to proceed further. As we discussed earlier the product is out of warranty and doesn't have any repair center available.

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We have checked the the mac system profiler.The Pegasus is connected to the mac machine. Please generate the subsystem report of the unit and attach it.You need to execute all the commands one by one and attach it here.

Please note that unit is not under warranty,you will be charged for the support if you need any further assistance.

WTF? And Apple still sells this wonderful experience to this very day? (just checked the Apple Store).

David K writes:

I must say in my situation (Pegasus2 6, updating OSX from 10.11.5 to 10.11.6, updating firmware after someting like 2 years), everything went fine. The Pegasus utility first updated itself, than the firmware. Allthough I was unusually carefull updating after reading Your post. I have my unit for something like 2 years and until now it runs perfect.

MPG: the nature of some bugs is that they sometimes happen, and sometimes do not.

8K Video Card Support Now Available, though NOT for Apple

Another casualty of the decision to eliminate PCI slots from the Mac Pro in favor of beauty* over brawn: the latest and best video cards cannot be used in a Mac, at least not without special external hardware, and even then Thunderbolt 3 speed is only a fraction of what a PCIe 3.0 16X slot offers.

The MSI GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OC Graphics Card and MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G Graphics Card support 8K video at 7680 x 4320 @ 60 Hz. And the price is very modest also.

  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060: CUDA Cores: 1280, Base Clock: 1544 MHz, Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
  • Speed: 8 Gbps, Configuration: 8 GB, Interface: GDDR5, Interface Width: 192-bit, Bandwidth: 192 GB/s
  • DisplayPort 1.4 + HDMI 2.0b + DVI-D DL
  • Display Support Display Connectors: 1 x DVI-D DL, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b. Maximum Digital Resolution: 7680 x 4320 @ 60 Hz, Multi Monitor Support

Apple is way behind the curve: no Thunderbolt 3, no machines with DisplayPort 1.4, no support for external resolution beyond 4K.

* In the eyes of the beholder: a glitzy black trash can vs the elegant robust aluminum of the 2009 / 2010 Mac Pro.

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Apple Breaks Thunderbolt Networking in OS X 10.11.6?

We can always count on new bugs with Apple these days. Every software update is a risk, like opening a can of badly dented food.... will it have botulism or not?

Working for many months now, Thunderbolt networking between the MPG Macs is now inoperable in macOS 10.11.6. No number of reboots or restarting file sharing fixes it.

Such a 'helpful' message! I am the system administrator and it all worked fine before OS X 10.11.6.

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All network connections fail across Thundebolt networking

MacSales Deal on iMac 5K

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MacSales.com has this deal on the iMac 5K 3.5GHz / 8GB / 1TB Fusion with full factory warranty. Additional rebates apply for more memory, etc.

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Post a summer fun/activity photo and win.

Simply post a summer fun/activity photo with the hashtag #UpgradeSummer to your Twitter and Instagram account or post the photo and hashtag on our Facebook page for a chance to win a MacBook Air, OWC Dock or Envoy Pro mini from OWC. Not on social media? You’ll also be able to enter with your photo and hashtag via this page or enter below! For more information, visit our terms and conditions page.

Amazon Prime Day

It’s Amazon Prime day on the 12th, maybe longer.

MPG gets credit if you buy from Amazon through this link — any day or any item.

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Deals of the Week at B&H Photo, Selected

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A few things that caught my eye.

Finder Setting for Generic Icons or Custom Icons Based on Content 

In the macOS Finder, a tiny little checkbox hidden away in View => Show View Options controls a seriously useful feature, the Show Icon Preview checkbox.

Particularly on a high-res display like the iMac 5K, Finder icon previews can be quite detailed, at least if the icon size is made larger.

Read more...

Toggle to compare the custom icon view to the generic icon view.

Generic icons or custom icons in macOS Finder
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Apple Knows Better: Your Needs as a Traditional Mac User do not Matter  — Has Apple Abandoned the Creative Community?

I completely agree with this excellent podcast with Larry O'Conner, the President of OWC.

MPG’s view, which has appeared here on this site in many forms over the past several years:

Apple is now (only) a consumer company that builds consumer devices (primarily iPhone), along with increasingly toylike computers, giving the bird to traditional users and anyone who depends on a Mac for getting real work done (in all ways: software and hardware and support).

It would not be accurate to call this arrogance or stupidity or accident by Apple since Apple is running a business and the goal is to make money. On that basis, the company cannot be faulted in any way, being the most successful company that has ever existed (in financial terms). But is there a real mission there anymore? In spite of the slick Apple public relations masking a iron-fist approach in sales and marketing and legal, MPG perceives no soul and no vision whatsoever left at Apple. What remained of those qualities died with Steve Jobs and even he was losing sight of the big picture beyond pretty and sleek. Apple Core Rot is manifest not just in the massive decline in software quality and hardware dumbing-down, but in meaning.

John S writes:

Whilst I don’ t have an issue with anything generally in your article above I think it’s drawing too long a bow in some respects and also lacks some much needed perspective and balance.
I understand your frustration and share it to some degree however just ‘hating’ on Apple isn’t likely to be constructive.

Here’s a few comments from my perspective (and I believe many others would agree):

1. I am a “traditional” user and I certainly don’ t feel as though Apple is giving me the ‘bird’.
2. Would I like a better, faster, internally expandable Mac Pro sure… I had the Trash Can Mac Pro but have now replaced it with the latest iMac (late 2015)
Would I buy such a new Mac Pro - probably but it would have to be really really good and software would have to take advantage of it’s capabilities. Reality is that not much software could take advantage of all the cores in my ‘trash can’ Mac Pro.
In the meantime the latest iMac is, IMHO, still the best computer for doing what I do PERIOD. Windows 10 - no way on earth!
3. Core rot! Yes there are bugs and quite a few have bitten me.. however ALL operating systems, unfortunately, have bugs. As software gets more and more complex and, lets face it, does more and more it’s likely we will see more bugs. There may very well be many more ‘bugs’ now than in Mac OS 7 or 8 or 9 or 10.5 or 10.8 or whatever but the software does so so so much more now than it used to. Would I go back to s a system from 5 years ago even if it was free of bugs? No Way! I should note that El Capitan now seems pretty rock solid to me and most of the recent updates seem to be doing nothing more than consolidating that - that’s good. ( Oh I really hate the new disk utility.. but SoftRAID to the rescue.. but Apple really needs to fix the currently crippled disk utility.
4. To be clear I also use windows almost every day as there are some programs for which there is no comparable Mac equivalent. I use Windows 7 in a Parallels VM mostly.
Does windows 7 have bugs - you bet it does! But a lot less than windows 10 IMO. I do have a Windows 10 VM but it is not yet seeing any serious use from me as it has enough ‘issues’ to stop me from preferring it to windows 7. Bluebeam Revu is an app I use in windows and it really is the best in it’s class. There is a Mac version but it is a long way from having feature parity so Windows it is.

In summary, Apple does have it’s issues. Maybe I even ‘hate’ some of the things they have done (stupid disk utility). I wish it had less bugs, I wish there was a Mac Pro that was internally expandable and I could just slide in SSDs and maybe a few ‘spinners’ of the huge type… etc etc… however despite all these shortcomings the Mac remains the best PC there is when viewed in the totality of hardware / software / usability etc and I wouldn’t change to windows if I had any choice in the matter. Luckily I do. In fact I use both Mac and Windows … all on my iMac - another thing Windows PCs can’t do.

You are correct, Apple is the most successful company that has ever existed and despite numerous things that could be better, and by all means let’s keep pushing them, lets not lose perspective or sight of the fact that they do also still make (IMHO of course) the very best computers in the world even after taking the flaws into account. If i didn’t think so I would swap to windows full time without hesitation. (Windows 7 mind you… V10 remains unacceptable ATM).

Guess I’m a glass half full type of guy!

MPG: no argument, but way off base as far my meaning: (a) I in no way 'hate' Apple; the frustration stems from the trend and Apple does indeed still make the best computers, albeit crippled in many ways, (b) the arguments here are concretized and rationalized and do not address the trendline (c) I am speaking to patterns of worsening issues; products should get better and yet the reverse is in play, d) No way would I switch to Windows, (3) Apple has cost me great time and aggravation, cost me tens of thousands of dollars (for reasons I won't go into here), and my workflow is degraded just a little every day. For starters.

When the glass was 3/4 full and filling, that was exciting. A glass half full and draining has no excitement. The Apple 'train' will lumber on for many years, just like Microsoft, with bags of cash its payload, but in my view Apple has lost thought leadership, which it did several years ago when the iPhone began to become harder to use, not easier.

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Apple Still Cannot Tell Time

Back in November 2015, I wrote that Apple OS X El Capitan Cannot Tell Time.

I was working late last night and noticed this time problem (which I had notice many times before). I’d sure like 25 hours in a day so I would not have to work so late!

Such a small bug (system wide)... that never gets fixed. It is one of dozens dying canaries.

Time of day: 24:40:36
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iPhone Panoramas In Depth: Shooting & Post Processing Tips, Numerous Examples up to 11K Resolution

A look at various iPhone panoramas here.

See my in-depth review and how-to on shooting very high quality iPhone panoramas [full access requires subscription to Guide to Mirrorless].

Fresh Snow on Sunny Morning, Lundy Canyon
__METADATA__
Mt Conness Watershed with view to Saddlebag Lake
__METADATA__

My iPhone 6s Plus Saved From Cracking Again by NewerTech NuGuard KX Case

NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for Apple iPhone6s and 6s Plus (and older models)

Get NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at OWC.

I dropped my iPhone 6s Plus about 4 feet onto concrete. My teenage daughter gasped and asked if it was cracked.

I laughed without worry and picked it up—no harm done. The NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 6s or 6s Plus had saved it again, for the 5th time or so.

I wrote the following last year when getting the case for my iPhone 6s Plus.

...

I’ve been using the NewerTech NuGuard KX for iPhone 5s on my iPhone 5s for over two years. It uses a “Orbing gel technology to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy drop test certified to STD-810G U.S. Military Standard”. See my review of the NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone.

After over two years of use, my iPhone 5s is still humming along, yet I’ve dropped it many a time on hard surfaces. The case has done its job well, and it has (even better) kept me from dropping the phone in the first place, by dint of a better grip surface for my largish hands. This is a particular concern for me when cycling at 20 mph or so, and pulling the phone out of my jersey pocket to check an incoming call.

With a larger form factor of the 6s Plus*, I suspect that drop protection will be even more important, so for my new iPhone 6s Plus, so I ordered the NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to go with it.

* See also iPhone Viewing Tips for Presbyopia and Vision Issues.

Panoramas with moving subject

One thing that impresses me with the iPhone 6s Plus is its ability to take panoramas with minimal motion defects, event handheld in a moving boat!

See More Panoramas with the iPhone and Panoramas with the iPhone.

iPhone 6s Plus panorama, Saddlebag Lake
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MacSales Sizzling Firecracker Savings

MacSales has sizzling July 4th savings (through July 5th).

Many items are on sale, but check out that discounted iMac 5K or the OWC 480GB Neptune SSD for only $117.76.

Apple Mail Security: Viewing Mail Headers

Reader Kit L asks:

In your article Don’t Get Scammed / Phished by Look-Alike Emails (PayPal Example), you suggested:

Configure the mail program to show Return-Path and X-Mailer and other fields; these sometimes show obvious scammer information.

Can you add an addendum to that article to explain how to do this, please?

MPG: See Apple Mail Security: Viewing Mail Headers.

UPDATE 02 July: added another option for viewing headers on a message-by-message basis via the toolbar. See Apple Mail Security: Viewing Mail Headers

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OWC Thunderbay 4: Now up to 40TB Capacity

It had slipped by my radar, but I just notice that OWC now offers the OWC Thunderbay 4 in capacities up to a whopping 40TB. The 40TB model uses Seagate Enterprise hard drives.

In RAID-5 or RAID-4 mode, the capacity of of 1 of the 4 drives in the Thunderbay 4 is used for parity information for fault tolerance, so 40TB becomes 30TB of usable capacity (but with fault tolerance). Still, 30 TB is a lot of space.

MPG has been using five Thunderbay 4 units for a couple of years now (see review of the Thunderbay 4 and review of the Thunderbay 4 mini). The Thunderbay 4 units just run and run without a hitch.

See also OWC Thunderbolt cables in 4 colors, the OWC Drive Dock and the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock for port expansion.

DANGER: phishing email purporting to be from PayPal

Don’t Get Scammed / Phished by Look-Alike Emails (PayPal Example)

See Apple Mail Security: Viewing Mail Headers for how to configure Apple Mail to make most phishing emails obvious as well as the UPS example.

...

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Clicking on email links or attached files is risky: merely clicking on a link to go to the claimed site can result in compromising the computer for some users. While Mac users are generally better off, a Mac is no guarantee of safety, and all sorts of nasty tricks can be played on the desgination sites.

Phishing relies on “social engineering”, particularly an emotional reasponse (greed, fear, loyalty, irritation, friendship, authority, desire for help, etc). Often the phishing emails are difficult to distinguish from a legitmate email from the company being imitated and frequently even use the company’s own images from a legitimate server. If a link is clicked on, the destination web site may be a clone of the real one, which makes it even more “real” for the victim.

What you may lose: username and password, security codes, credit card numbers—anything you can be tricked into entering on a phishing site. Or you may have your computer encrypted and subjected to ransom-ware. No fun at all.

Example — phishing for PayPal information

See also the Amazon phishing example and the security topics page.

This is a good way to lose your money, particularly if linked to your bank account.

  • NEVER click on links in emails that you are not 100% certain of from a trusted party beforehand. Particularly on a Windows PC, though Mac users are at risk too.
  • Did I mention NEVER CLICK ON LINKS in EMAILS, NO MATTER WHAT? It’s just not worth it.
  • Configure your email program so that images do not automatically load in your mail program. If Mail loads images automatically, you’re essentially telling the sender (the criminal sending the email) that s/he’s got a “live one”: you. Ditto for mail on the iPhone or iPad.
  • Pay attention to spelling and grammar errors. This example below is unusually good; it has only two obvioius errors in grammar/spelling (but “Valnecia” is another).
  • Configure the mail program to show Return-Path and X-Mailer message headers; these sometimes show obvious scammer information.
  • Check the "To" address. In this case, the "To" is not an email I use for PayPal—a very common red flag.

The source code to this email tries to disguise itself a bit; it uses http://bit.ly links to hide the true destination of anything clicked upon. This helps it evade some blacklist filters.

DANGER: phishing email purporting to be from PayPal
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No New Macs at WWDC

In a first (as far as MPG knows), Apple did not announce any new Macs at WWDC.

The lack of announcements may reflect current chipset limitations (such as the inability to drive a 5K external display with one cable), or similar inelegant limitations. Or it may reflect some convergence among Macs that for MPG brings both hope and unease about what chickens might come home to roost given Apple design fetishes, such as the distasteful prospect of a MacBook Pro with a single port similar to the MacBook, in the name of elegance but delivering the opposite.

The next likely announce/launch time is September, in time for school season and the holidays.

Which actually suits me (Lloyd) just fine: my old beater 2013 Apple MacBook Pro Retina is still going strong. Barring a slew of 'killer' new features*, buying another $3K laptop and a $5K Mac Pro is an unappealing prospect. So in that regard (cost), MPG is more than happy to see the hardware changeover to Thunderbolt 3 pushed off until (one hopes) it can be done right and proper.

* What I want in a MacBook Pro: 32GB memory option, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, 2TB SSD option, wide gamut P3 display.

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OS X Sierra

Coming this fall: macOS Sierra. That’s right “macOS Sierra”. I wish I could get paid the big bucks to rebrand this brilliantly, or to design that web page that is 90% blank space (scroll down) and thus difficult to read comprehend. Maybe it is a preview of the poor quality of the release to come? That is, in keeping with the past 5 years of Apple tradition.

From what I can tell, macOS Sierra is almost entirely flashy features that I would never use. So in essence it will just destabilize my work environment while adding no value. And maybe worse.

Front and center is Siri, which has a nearly 100% failure rate for anything I’ve tried with it. I long ago abandoned it as a science fair project. It cannot even be fully turned off on the iPhone (even if the setting says it is off), popping up at odd times from some something done inadvertantly.

Setting aside Siri and other fluff that is sure to destabilize the usability experience for non-casual users, the main thing of interest to nerds is the new file system, the low level OS code that stores and organizes files. [No, not the “offload to iCloud” feature, which if it has the robustness of current iCloud feature set may be data suicide].

The new APFS file system brings with it all sorts of new features, some very modern such as being optimized for SSDs. And it may well bring compatibility problems. As yet, MPG doesn’t know how diglloydTools might or might not work, or whether key APIs for the current HFS+ files system might vaporize.

Jim G writes:

Based on the way that Apple has been doing things recently I am seriously thinking of going to Windows. Thought I would never say it but between hardware issues with the MacPro when it went to the tube, the lack of consistent support for the duel graphics cards, the buggy OS versions (I'm still on 10.9 even though some software requires 10.10+), their insistence on adding more bling over stability in the OS (can we just have a pro OS with no bling) and their obsession with iDevices, maybe it's time to look elsewhere. I have used Macs since the original 128k right up to the 2009 MacPro so this is both saddening and a bit intimidating. They have gone from Apple Computer to Apple iConsumer. I find no fault in them expanding their business but it shouldn't be at the cost of what got them here.

On MacRumors forum there was a poll (granted a small one) and 48% said they'd stay with Mac, 24% will go PC on their next computer and the rest are either transitioning or transitioned to PC. From what I have read, Apple is losing the video industry.

I have to wonder if the new AFS is more to promote file sharing between Mac and iDevices than it is about a better file system for their computers.

Jobs cared about the creatives and Apple thrived. I have to wonder if Adobe saw something in the 90's when they added Windows support.

Have you ever thought about leaving Mac?

MPG: Apple no longer values once-loyal pro users, or even semi-serious users and is a full-on consumer products company. MPG agrees that the new file system is almost certainly driven by “progress” in unifying iPhone/iCloud to desktops and future products. That is a good thing in concept, but could prove to have ugly side effects in execution—it shall be seen.

I’ll be sticking with Mac. I have way too much invested in it (workflow, software, web site, knowledge).

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