Archive for March 1, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

Apple Beige

Ben Zotto:

Apple’s second computer — its first to have a case — launched in 1977, and that boxy beige Apple II was soon everywhere: in classrooms, living rooms and offices. At the vanguard of a generation of personal computers to come, it featured a particular and carefully-chosen beige. But what did that look like? Those first machines — the ones that have escaped landfills anyway — have shifted in color over 40 years. The documented public record is sketchy and confused. But I stumbled upon a way to investigate what Apple Beige was like.

Ben Zotto:

Jerry Manock, the original designer of the iconic cases and the person most closely associated with Apple Beige, was kind enough to respond in detail to my inquiries following the article. There’s more to this story than just a color swatch.


I shared my earlier story about Apple Beige with Chris Espinosa, the only current Apple employee who was around back when the Apple II was being developed (!). He was “surprised at the focus on Pantone because my work with Jerry [Manock] was always in Munsell.”

The Mac Price Crash of 2021

Robin Harris (via Hacker News):

The impressive performance and battery life gains of the new M1 MacBooks have created a historic discontinuity in the normally placid resale market. Should you spend $800 for a one year old MacBook Air when for $200 more you could get a MacBook Air with several times the performance and 50 percent better battery life?


I check Craigslist fairly regularly to keep track of what’s for sale. I’ve seen an unusual bifurcation in the pricing for MacBooks.

There are more late-model Intel MacBooks showing up for sale. Some of those are showing context sensitive pricing, i.e. almost new MacBook Airs for $600 rather than the $800-$900 that some think their Intel-based machine is still worth.


Update (2021-03-02): Om Malik:

After Apple loaned me a 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro for review, it was clear: we were on the cusp of a significant shift in architecture. Intel-powered Macs would feel puny in a few years. I needed to get rid of all my Intel machines as quickly as possible.

I will be keeping mine for a long time for testing. They work just as well as they always have, and even 2013 MacBook Airs can run Big Sur, so my hope is that many Intel Macs will have long second lives after being resold. The transition will create good opportunities for anyone who doesn’t need the latest or requires x86 support.

Weather Line Acquired

Off Coast LLC (tweet):

The acquisition means the app is going away. Today, we removed Weather Line from the App Store. For all existing Weather Line users, free and paid, the app will continue working for 13 months, until April 1, 2022.


As an Indie Founder without a day job, being able to sell an app provides for my family in a very difficult climate.

Ryan Jones:

For those asking – we will not be joining the purchasing company.

We’ll transition the app to them, show them the ropes, and help them plan – but we will not continuing with the app long term.

I hope the buyer brings it back in a similar form because there’s still nothing like it.


Update (2021-03-02): See also: MacRumors and Hacker News.

Update (2022-04-11): Ryan Jones:

Goodnight @weatherlineapp


Downcast 2.9.61

George Cox:

This update contains a big improvement in Downcast’s macOS app that reduces the chances of running into the dreaded ‘inaccessible resource’ issue. Per Apple’s suggestion, Downcast stores security-scoped bookmarks for file system resources rather than absolute paths. Bookmarks are a more robust way to keep track of the content Downcast downloads like artwork, episode media files, etc. However, these bookmarks can become stale or invalid for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it’s usually possible for the app to automatically refresh the bookmark and continue operating without issue. Unfortunately, Downcast wasn’t handling a specific recoverable condition correctly prior to this build and that led to users experiencing this frustrating ‘inaccessible resource’ issue when they shouldn’t have.

Great news, but apps shouldn’t have to deal with this. Security-scoped bookmarks have been around since macOS 10.7. Why do they continue to break for seemingly no reason?

See also: Peter Steinberger.