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2019

2019-06-20 Apple Core Rot: macOS Finder Shows Bogus Files s Not Yet Copied 18 Hours Later

2019-06-20 Apple Core Rot: iTunes Bugs

2019-03-05 Apple Core Rot: macOS Finder File Copying: Fails to Replace "dot files" When Replacing a folder = DATA LOSS

2019-03-01 Apple Apparently IGNORES Researcher’s Report of 0-Day Exploit for macOS KeyChain

2019-02-22 Apple Core Rot : Debugging Severe Security Bug in Apple’s macOS Security Infrastructure (Apple Gatekeeper and Apple MRT)

2019-02-21 Apple Core Rot: Serious Audio Issues with 2018 Mac mini (Distorted Audio, Crushed Sound)

2019-02-20 Apple Core Rot: macOS Finder Shows Zero-Size Folders — Very Dangerous if Unaware

2019-02-20 Apple Core Rot CAUTION: Apple’s macOS Security Infrastructure Might Not be Working on Your Mac (Apple Gatekeeper and Apple MRT)

2019-02-11 Apple Core Rot: Apple Mail hangs for an Hour or More

2019-02-04 Can you Trust Apple with Anything at All? Claimed 0-Day Exploit for Stealing Every Password in Your Keychain on macOS Mojave and earlier macOS

2019-01-28 Apple Core Rot at its Finest: the Apple Facetime Bug Clown Show

2019-01-27 Apple Core Rot Metadata Loss: macOS Finder Destroys File Dates When Moving Files

2018

2018-11-07 Apple Core Rot is Back with a Vengeance in the Latest Security Update for macOS 10.13.6

2018-09-04 Simple Things that Get in the Way

2018-08-16 2018 MacBook Pro: the Apple T2 Chip Can Erratically Kernel Panic the System

2018-06-29 Another Finder Data Loss Bug

2018-06-26 Apple’s Penchant for IGNORING Data Loss Risks Continues, Unabated: Finder Erroneously Shows Files as Zero Bytes

2018-05-30 Apple Core Rot: File System Performance Problems, Thunderbolt 3 Performance Problems, Thunderbolt 3 Disconnect Problems, etc.

2018-05-29 Siri Knowledge: an Oxymoron?

2018-05-20 How to Fix Apple Remote Desktop that was Broken by Apple’s Recent Security Update: Reinstall RemoteDesktopClient 3.9.3 on Client Machines Using SSH

2018-05-20 Apple Core Rot: It’s Big Things, and Hundreds of Little Ones, that Together Add up to Chaos

2018-05-15 Thunderbolt Bug: Drives Disconnect at Random and Intermittent Times

2018-05-07 Overheating Can Kill Optical Thunderbolt 2 Cables, Root Cause is the Mac Itself (Thermal Dumping)

2018-03-16 One more Finder File Copy Bug: Is it Even Safe to Count on the macOS Finder to Copy Files?

2018-02-18 macOS High Sierra: APFS Corrupts Disk Images

2018-01-30 Reader Question: Time to Move to High Sierra?

2018-01-17 macOS 10.13.2 and Disk Utility = Atrocious Bug-Ridden Disaster

2018-01-11 Apple Quality Control: Enough is Enough

2018-01-10 Nasty macOS High Sierra Bug: Unlock AppStore Preferences with *any* Password

2018-01-09 Apple’s Mitigations for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU Architecture Bugs: Long-Running Update Doesn’t Jive With Description

2018-01-07 macOS Compatibility Problems with iMac Pro with both High Sierra 10.13.2 (17C88) and Sierra 10.12.6 (16G1114)

2018-01-07 Meltdown and Spectre CPU Architecture Bugs: Apple Has Partially Addressed with No Performance Impact?

2018-01-07 Apple iMac Pro: First Look at Performance

2018-01-02 New Year’s Resolution for Apple: Can We Please Have macOS 'Sobered Up' in 2018? Keychain Crash and Others—macOS Increasingly Unstable = Unacceptable

2017

2017-12-26 Why Does Apple Put Random Unwanted Crud Into my iPhone Calendar?

2017-12-26 Crashes When Copying Files over a Network? Try Turning off Packet Signing

2017-12-18 Copying Files with macOS Finder: Data Loss Bug

2017-12-09 One Example Among Many of Things that Suck with macOS: Continual Breakdown in Quality Control

2017-11-30 iPhone: Blurred Screen Requires Rebooting Phone

2017-11-30 iPhone: App Store Downloads Never Finish

2017-11-30 Perspective on Apple Core Rot Over Some Years

2017-11-30 Apple Mail: Cannot Configure ToolBar as Desired

2017-11-28 The Most Serious Apple Software Quality Failure Yet: Logging-in 'root' without any password

2017-11-24 macOS High Sierra: Apple Core Rot in Spades: “damaged and can’t be opened” for all pdf, dmg, xml, xsd, properties, jar files, folders also — “damaged and can’t be opened” error message caused by com.apple.quarantine xattr

2017-09-17 macOS High Sierra: Apple’s Technote on APFS is Both Confusing and Possibly Incorrect

2017-09-10 macOS High Sierra: Caution Advised

2017-08-29 SoftRAID Warns on Serious High Sierra Bug

2017-08-11 MacOS Bug: Kernel Task Uses Most or All CPU Cores Continuously (Ambient Temperature Too High)

2017-07-17 Apple Core Rot: Networking Problems (NFS, Failure to Copy Files, More)

2017-07-01 Apple Core Rot Strikes Again: Time Machine Wipes Out Other Backups and Fails to Restore Properly

2017-06-30 2017 MacBook Pro: Personal HotSpot via iPhone Does not Work

2017-06-19 Does macOS 10.12.5 Break Gigabit Ethernet?

2017-06-13 Apple Photos: Bad Idea + Downloading Images from iPhone/iPad/Other Devices using Apple Preview

2017-04-28 iTunes: Infinite Loop Trying to Install an App

2017-04-07 Solution for sudo hang problem in macOS 10.12.4

2017-04-06 macOS 10.12.4: File Sharing Running at a few kilobytes per second

2017-03-28 Caution on macOS 10.12.4: sudo is broken, sudo hangs before password for nearly 5 minutes

2017-03-17 Security: Another Phishing Example (plus Apple Junk Mail Bug)

2017-03-10 Apple Core Rot: Logging Spew

2017-02-23 Caution on Upgraded Apple Remote Desktop

2017-01-29 Finder Hangs While Copying

2017-01-10 macOS BloatWare (and what feels like SpyWare)

2017-01-10 Safari Seems Less Stable in macOS 10.12.2

2017-01-10 Adobe Memory Usage, with no apps in use

2017-01-09 The GPU remains a Science Fair Project

2017-01-08 Crapware in macOS

2017-01-03 Apple Core Rot: PDF Support

2016

2016-12-23 2016 MacBook Pro: Design by Dilettantes?

2016-12-22 Reader Comment: “Bloomberg piece goes hand-in-hand with today’s article that you posted”

2016-12-22 How Can Apple Mail Possibly need 3.1 GB of Memory?

2016-12-07 2016 MacBook Pro: Cannot Sustain Performance Under Load — Update

2016-12-06 OWC Introduces Redesigned Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology + SALE on “Gen 1” Version

2016-12-03 2016 MacBook Pro: Cannot Sustain Performance Under Load

2016-10-27 macOS Sierra 10.12.1: Data Loss + Breaking Backup Protocols is Now a Feature?

2016-10-12 macOS Sierra: Apple Mail Continues to Have Severe Performance Issues, plus crashes

2016-10-07 macOS Sierra: Crashes Viewing Folders with Images (while selecting them)

2016-09-30 macOS Sierra: Possible Data Loss Scenario

2016-09-23 macOS Sierra: Cannot Copy/Paste Properly

2016-09-21 macOS Sierra: Compatibility Issues

2016-09-20 macOS Sierra: Stable Release

2016-09-20 macOS Sierra: Severe Apple Mail Performance Problems

2016-08-30 iPhone Software Update Failure: ‘“Not enough free space is available on this computer” (8.81TB not enough space for 0.128 TB iPhone)

2016-08-01 “Not Connected to Internet” after Waking from Sleep in OS X 10.11.6

2016-07-19 macOS 10.11.6 Issue with Pegasus?

2016-07-18 Apple Breaks Thunderbolt Networking in OS X 10.11.6?

2016-07-08 Apple Knows Better: Your Needs as a Traditional Mac User do not Matter — Has Apple Abandoned the Creative Community?

2016-05-27 More OS X Open-File Bugs: QuickLookSatellite, Apple Mail, Ghost Applications, Trash Will Not Empty

2016-05-25 OS X Bug: QuickLookSatellite Opens Files and Never Closes Them, Causing Wide-Ranging Errors

2016-05-10 OS X: How to Fix Hang in Image Capture Utility

2016-04-05 Thunderbolt on OS X: Spontaneous Drive Disconnect

2016-02-29 Apple Breaks Ethernet in OS X El Capitan

2016-02-17 Apple in PR Denial even as Apple Core Rot Spreads

2016-02-04 Thunderbolt Networking: Very Poor Performance with Sustained Usage

2016-02-03 OS X El Capitan Finder: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error Code-43)”

2016-01-21 OS X 10.11.3: iMac 5K Screen Black Screen —Will not Wake Up From Sleep

2016-01-21 OS X 10.11.3: Three Displays now Sleep/Wake Properly (UPDATE: worse than ever)

2016-01-02 Apple Core Rot: Spotlight Cannot Find File Names

2015

2015-12-19 A Troublesome Security and Privacy Flaw: Apple Mail Auto-Complete + How to Delete Unwanted Recipients

2015-12-12 Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini: How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

2015-12-10 More Apple Core Rot: Apple Mail Still Broken + More Views

2015-12-09 Apple Core Rot: Little Things are not Little Things (iOS Image Display)

2015-12-06 Time Machine does not show all the items that are excluded!

2015-12-03 Reader Comment: Apple Core Rot

2015-11-14 Apple Core Rot: How Many com.apple.audio Helper Processes Does One Need, Exactly?

2015-11-12 Apple Core Rot Remains in App Store : OS X Sporadically Fails to Update Apps

2015-10-31 OWC Thunderbay 4 Deal: 20TB RAID-5 Edition Deal: now with Spare 5TB Drive

2015-10-21 Apple Core Rot now featured in App Store : OS X Cannot Update Itself Properly

2015-10-16 OWC Thunderbay 4 Deal: 20TB RAID-5 Edition Deal: now with Spare 5TB Drive

2015-10-16 Checking RAID-1 Mirror Status in OS X El Capitan (now that DiskUtility is toast for RAID)

2015-10-15 Reader Question: How to Approach El Capitan

2015-10-15 Reader Comment: Adobe Quality Control an Issue?

2015-10-15 OS X El Capitan Breaks Time Machine

2015-10-13 OS X El Capitan: Image Capture Now Hangs Sometimes

2015-10-09 OS X El Capitan: Worst OS Release Yet

2015-10-08 OS X El Capitan: Disk Utility “designed by morons” design ethic + RAID Support Removed + Wanton Bugs

2015-10-07 Brand-New iPhone 6s Plus with iOS 9.0.2: “No Service” Bug Takes Phone Offline

2015-09-24 Apple iPhone Core Rot: Apple Breaks Personal Hotspot in iOS 9.0.1 + HOW TO FIX

2015-09-23 Will Apple Core Rot Trend be Reversed?

2015-08-08 More Apple Core Rot: Finder Sluggish Since 10.10.4 Update

2015-05-23 Apple Photos: Nuisance Behavior by Design

2015-04-27 Apple Pro Video Updates: Endless Repeated Updates

2015-04-07 Apple Core Rot: Runaway Spotlight (mds_stores Process)

2015-02-15 How to Prioritize Network Interfaces for Peak Performance

2015-02-12 With the Coming of the Apple Watch, Digital Monitoring is the Next Big Thing

2015-02-12 Reader Comment: Apple Core Rot

2015-02-12 Our Toaster Failed, and we want another one just like it

2015-02-06 Drives Unmounting After Sleep in OS X Yosemite?

2015-02-04 Apple Core Rot and Safari Issues

2015-02-02 SoftRAID 5.0.6 Released With Important Fixes

2015-01-29 MacWorld: Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

2015-01-29 ArsTechnica: Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do to fix it

2015-01-28 Continuing Performance Issues in Apple OS X Yosemite, Particularly in Photoshop

2015-01-28 Apple OS X 10.10.2: Many Bug Fixes Along with Fresh Manure

2015-01-22 Hard Drive Reliability

2015-01-22 Apple Core Rot: More Views

2015-01-09 Spotlight Builds in a Feature Spammers Could Only Dream About

2015-01-03 Spotlight: Brain-Dead Search Priorities

2014

2014-12-26 Apple Core Rot

2014-12-23 Troubling Precedent: Apple Pushes Security Update Without User Permission (NTP Security Flaw)

2014-12-21 Thunderbolt EFI Exploit

2014-11-25 A Pseudo-Security Trend: Password Reset and Locked Accounts

2014-11-24 OS X Yosemite Update (10.1): Regularly Deletes the AppleMail VIP List

2014-11-21 OS X Yosemite Finder File Copy: Data Loss

2014-11-19 OS X Yosemite: Update the SoftRAID Driver

2014-11-19 OS X Yosemite: Apple Kills TRIM for 3rd-Party SSDs, Renders System Unbootable

2014-11-18 OS X Yosemite: Disable WiFi if Using Gigabit Ethernet

2014-11-18 OS X Yosemite Deletes Java / JDK, but Photoshop Needs It

2014-11-05 When the iPhone and Three Nearby Computers all Ring for a Phone Call, and is this a Privacy Issue?

2014-11-05 Apple iCloud: Promiscous Saving for Security Lapses

2014-11-03 Static Problems on Input/Output with Some Macs?

2014-11-02 OS X Yosemite: Severe Performance Issues with File Open Dialog

2014-10-16 OS X Yosemite: Screen Bleed-Through for Images Impairs Perception

2014-10-07 Patches for 'bash' Shell Vulnerability

2014-06-27 Apple to End 'Aperture' Support

2014-03-31 OS X File System Hang Bug

2014-02-25 OS X 10.9.2 Reportedly Fixes the TLS/SSL Security Bug

2014-02-22 Major Security Flaw in Apple iOS and Apple OS X, Involves Fundamental TLS / SSL Security Protocols

2013

2013-02-13 Tidbits: How Apple Doesn’t Respect Its Users

2013-02-10 Core Rot at Apple? and Interview on 'The Tech Night Owl'

2013-01-23 Core Rot at Apple?

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