Archive for February 25, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Steve Jobs Stories

Juli Clover:

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, and if he was still alive, today would mark his 66th birthday.

Dave Mark:

The Computer History Museum pulled together a Clubhouse visit with some Apple luminaries, all on the occasion of Steve Jobs birthday[…]

Fry’s Electronics Closing

Bill Reynolds (via Hacker News):

Fry’s Electronics is closing business nationwide effective tonight.

Om Malik:

We applaud fashion designers like Paul Smith for creating a unique look for their stores across the world, but this is one area where Fry’s innovated as well. Fry’s was ahead of the curve in their belief in experiential retail. Each store had its unique theme. Palo Alto store (my favorite) was straight out of the Old West. The store in Fremont had an 1893 World’s Fair theme. It was all kitsch, but it made visits even more memorable. And it attracted customers.


Thirty-six years is a long time for any company to exist, especially for a retailer. A lot of the vendors who sold their products on the shelves of Fry’s are long gone. The name “Zoom” belonged to a modem maker back in the day. And how many people remember AST? Undeniably, Fry’s had a good run. But we can’t forget the ultimate truth: Change is constant. And these days, things change more quickly than ever before. No place exemplifies that reality quite like Silicon Valley.

One-to-One IP Targeting

El Toro:

Specifically, El Toro offers: Targeting without having to use cookies, census blocks, or geo-location tools.

John Gruber:

Why doesn’t Apple build a VPN into its OSes? Or as an offering of paid iCloud accounts at least? At this point, if privacy truly is a paramount concern, it might be necessary to do everything over a trusted VPN. IP addresses are inherently not private.

I’ve wondered about this, too. Privacy as a service seems like a natural fit for today’s Apple. Sure, there are already lots of VPN services, but it’s hard to know which ones can be trusted.


Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank

Joe Rossignol:

First previewed at CES 2021, the PowerCore battery pack magnetically attaches to the back of any iPhone 12 model and provides 5W of wireless charging. With a 5,000 mAh capacity, the battery pack is capable of charging the iPhone 12 mini from 0% to 100%, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro from 0% to around 95%, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max from 0% to 75%, according to Anker. The battery pack itself recharges via USB-C.

While the battery pack is compatible with the MagSafe system, it is not an official accessory, so charging is limited to 5W. Apple’s rumored MagSafe battery pack would likely be able to charge an iPhone 12 model at up to 15W, in line with the MagSafe Charger.

This is pretty cool, although I wonder whether the battery is thick enough to get in the way of the camera lens. You can also use the USB-C jack to charge other devices or the iPhone itself (more efficiently than wireless). Presumably you can also use a single cable to charge the PowerCore at the time time it’s charging the phone.


macOS 11.2.2

Juli Clover:

According to Apple’s release notes, the macOS Big Sur update prevents 2019 or later MacBook Pro models and 2020 or later MacBook Air models from being damaged when connected to certain third-party, non-compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks.

There have been several reports on Reddit from Mac users who have connected USB-C hubs and docks to their machines, resulting in the machine becoming non-functional. Affected Macs appear to go blank and unresponsive shortly after connecting the dock. Many of the users who experienced issues were using hubs and docks not purchased from reputable companies.

Howard Oakley:

The update is 2.6 GB for Intel models, and Apple doesn’t provide any details of changes which affect other models.

Are even minor updates huge these days because of the dyld_shared_cache?


Update (2021-03-14): See also: Mr. Macintosh.