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    Newsletter Issue #1002: Some People Forget that Apple is a For-Profit Company

    August 10th, 2020

    While Apple makes a huge deal of customer privacy and adherence to environmental standards, it may be, in part, a marketing ploy. After all, Apple is in business to make profits and add value to its stockholders. It is, after all, a mutational corporate powerhouse. So after CEO Tim Cook delivered testimony to a sometimes-contentious […]


    Forcing Your Apple Gear Out to Pasture

    June 7th, 2018

    When the question comes up, Apple regularly denies that it’s deliberately making, or sabotaging, older gear to become obsolete; there is no nasty planned obsolescence plot that will force you to buy a new model before its time. But it’s not that Apple hasn’t done things to foster that impression. It almost always seems as […]


    Consumer Reports’ Product Testing Shortcomings: Part Two

    May 24th, 2018

    In yesterday’s column, I expressed my deep concerns about elements of Consumer Reports’ testing process. It was based on an article from AppleInsider. I eagerly awaited part two, hoping that there would be at least some commentary about the clear shortcomings in the way the magazine evaluates tech gear. I also mentioned two apparent editorial […]


    Net Neutrality and the Alternative

    May 17th, 2018

    Shorn of the silly excuses about hampering innovation by ISPs, ditching Net Neutrality is more about reducing regulations. But regulations quite often are responses to abuses, so the issue may never have come up if people didn’t find their Netflix signals constantly stuck in the “buffering” zone. The reason that was happening was because some […]