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2020

2020-10-16 Apple iOS 14 is Buggier Than Ever Before, macOS Crapalina Remains a Buzzing Turd-Pile

2020-10-09 If Apple Can’t Get the Basics Right, How Can you Expect Security? — “We Hacked Apple for 3 Months: Here’s What We Found”

2020-10-06 Apple T2 Chip: Unfixable Security Flaw that Gives Attacker Full Control

2020-10-05 Reader Comment: accountds Running Wild, Viewing Processes and Memory

2020-10-04 Apple Core Rot: macOS Mojave Supplemental Update

2020-10-04 Apple Core Rot: Apple Has Lost Me as a Customer

2020-09-19 Apple Core Rot: iOS 14 and macOS Safari Update Bring Treasure Trove of New Bugs

2020-09-10 Apple Core Rot: Syncing of Random Music Tracks to iPhone, iPad

2020-09-09 Apple Core Rot: Apple Messages.app Stops Working after a Few Images

2020-09-06 Apple Core Rot: Erases my 200GB of Music on iPad and iPhone Every Time I Update iOS.

2020-09-01 Sloppy engineering, irresponsible and negligent quality control practices, and disdain for the needs of working pros are now the hallmark of Apple software

2020-09-01 Apple Core Rot: Apple Notarizes Adware (Malware), Compromises User Systems

2020-09-01 Adobe Photoshop CC 2020 Rainbow-Beachballs and Goes Zombie-Process, macOS Catalina Goes Non-Functional Requiring Hard Reboot

2020-08-29 Apple Core Rot: recent Apple macOS Catalina Update Crashes Mac Pro every other night with kernel panic: “thunderbolt power on failed”

2020-07-26 Disturbing Number of Bad 16-Inch MacBook Pros

2020-07-26 Apple Core Rot: Music.app Screws my Music Library, Forgetting Locations and Immediately Crashing When Searching for Missing Tracks

2020-07-23 A Troublesome Security and Privacy Flaw: Apple Mail Auto-Complete + How to Delete Unwanted Recipients

2020-07-19 Apple Safari Web Site Security Features are Badly Designed: must be disabled for ALL web sites if just one web site has issues

2020-07-16 macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Update: Whacks Software Update Preferences, turns Everything On

2020-07-16 macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Update: Safari Cannot Download Files Any More: “the disk doesn’t have enough free space” (ditto for macOS Mojave security update)

2020-06-27 Daily Aggravation with macOS Catalina Sleep Problems: Still the Same Piece of Shit as 4 Months Ago

2020-05-18 2019 Mac Pro and Kernel Panics with PCIe Cards

2020-04-17 Why Is My Mac Hanging When Copying Files After Upgrading to macOS Catalina 10.15.4?

2020-04-03 macOS: Apple 'TrueTone' and Display Profile Problems

2020-03-30 macOS System Sleep Issues: Apple Mail a Possible Factor?

2020-03-01 macOS Catalina is a Disruptive POS — No System Sleep, Displays Won’t Sync

2020-02-21 macOS Catalina: System Sleep Frequently Fails

2020-02-21 macOS Catalina: Loads of Crapware Chewing up Memory and Sometimes CPU Cycles, Adobe Does it Too

2020-02-11 Apple Pro Display XDR: USB-C Ports Connect at USB 2.0 Speed (20X slower)

2020-02-10 Why Those Super Handy USB-C Ports on Displays and Video Cards SUCK

2020-02-08 Apple Breaks Basic Functionality in macOS Crapalina: Terminal.app Cannot Access Files Even with Full Disk Access and 'sudo'

2020-02-03 macOS Catalina 10.15.3: Privacy Tab Does not Work — Files and Folders Inoperable

2020-02-01 macOS Catalina 10.15.3 vs 10.15.2: Consistent Performance Losses in Photoshop CC 21.0.3 vs 21.0.2

2020-01-31 macOS Catalina Screws up My Display Arrangement and Resolution EVERY TIME I Reboot

2020-01-30 Does macOS Have a Rare but Stupefyingly Nasty Multithreading Bug in the Unified Buffer Cache?

2020-01-29 The World’s Most Valuable Company is Incompetent at Software Development  — Apple Management Disrespects Tens of Millions of Customers

2020-01-29 Reader Comment: 2018 Mac mini with macOS Catalina Will Not Boot with eGPU

2020-01-29 Mac mini has Serious Trouble Syncing with Display via either HDMI or DisplayPort

2020-01-19 Apple Core Rot: Too Many Crashes with macOS Catalina (“Unexpected S5 Entry” when ejecting SDXX camera card)

2020-01-18 Reader Comments: macOS Catalina vs Mojave, Drive Initialization Hanging/Crashing

2020-01-18 Caution for Those Working with Color-Calibrated Displays: macOS Catalina Resets Display Profile

2020-01-18 Apple Core Rot: macOS Catalina Fails to Update Critical Security Settings

2020-01-07 Eye-Burning Bug in macOS Catalina on 2019 Mac Pro: LG 5K Display Resets to Maximum Brightness Every Reboot

2020-01-02 2019 Mac Pro: Hardware Elegance, macOS Crapalina Belongs in the Toilet

2019

2019-11-24 The Apple iOS 13 Fiasco

2019-11-23 iOS 13.2.3: Random Haptic Clicks Drive Me Nuts on iPhone 11 Pro Max

2019-11-19 Apple iOS 13.2.3 Breaks Bluetooth Pairing for my Mercedes Sprinter Van for all my iPhones

2019-09-03 Copying Files in macOS Can Truncate File Date/Time to One-Second Granularity

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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