The Do-Not-Overthink Edition Monday, May 1, 2017

“Hackintoshes” Keep Giving Apple’s Frustrated Pros A Place To Go, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Hackintoshes clearly fill a void, and they fill it well enough that at least a subset of Apple’s pro users are leaning on them instead of actual Apple hardware. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and the fact that these people are all willing to put up with Hackintosh headaches just to run macOS and its apps means that Apple can still win them over (or win them back).

After talking with dozen of Hackintosh users, I come away believing that Apple doesn’t need to overthink this. The “pro” market that the company clearly still wants to keep happy would be served best if Apple treated its desktops (including the Mac Mini, the iMac, and the Mac Pro) the same way it did around the turn of the decade. The Mac Mini has long been neglected, and its latest iteration offered no quad-core CPUs, no upgradeable RAM, and no easily-replaceable storage. All the 27-inch iMac really needs is better GPUs, but the 21.5-inch version has lost both dedicated GPU options and user-upgradeable memory since the 2012 redesign. And for the Mac Pro, well, you’re all pretty familiar with the arguments against the 2013 Mac Pro.

Uber’s Not Alone In Tracking Users When Apps Are Deleted, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

And one of the techniques for persistence between delete and reinstall, storing items in the secure keychain, will disappear soon. This seemed to be a flaw, not a feature, that a deleted app’s keychain items would remain. A beta of iOS 10.3 deleted these items when removing an app, but it’s not clear that was rolled out yet in the 10.3 release tree.

Leppert noted that of all the assumptions made about Uber’s behavior, few were raised about Apple’s. “We’ve all defaulted to thinking they’re in our best interests,” he said. He suggested that given Apple didn’t disclose Uber’s transgressions despite holding a guillotine over Uber’s neck, it’s worth giving Apple a hard look as well.


Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 Brings Refined Contact Data Mining To macOS, by Mike Wuerthele , AppleInsider

Interact Scratchpad lets you paste or write every detail you can think of for a contact and pops it all into the right places. So forget clicking in the Job Title section of Contacts and writing CEO, Interact Scratchpad recognizes what's a job, what's a company, who's a person.


The Secret To Wild Creativity Is An Obsessive Spreadsheet, According To OK Go, by Anne Quito, Quartz

“People think that every time we make a video that it’ll be seen by millions of people, but everyone has to succeed on the same [merits],” Kulash told TED curator Chris Anderson. The band doesn’t expect views just because of its reputation for wizardry.

“Most people are not like ‘Wow, it’s an OK Go video,'” Kulash said. Rather, when audiences see the band’s gravity-defying tricks in “Upside Down & Inside Out,” “They’re like, ‘Who are those dudes in the sky?’”


Apple’s Stock Races Ahead As Investors Bet On New iPhones, by Vindu Goel, New York Times

What’s driving the stock, say skeptics and fans alike, is hope — hope that the new iPhones due in September, on the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s introduction, will be dazzling enough to inspire existing iPhone users to upgrade and prompt others to switch from Android phones made by Samsung, Huawei and other manufacturers.

“Everyone expects Apple to cure cancer with their next product launch,” said Kevin Landis, chief executive of Firsthand Funds, who has managed tech-focused mutual funds through many ups and downs.

Love Wildlife Photos? There’s A Good Chance They Weren’t Shot In The Wild, by Selina Cheng, Quartz

A wolf with lush, black fur and piercing yellow eyes is sitting on a stack of rocks in the woods, staring down a group of photographers less than 10 feet away. Whenever its head turns, camera shutters fire off like machine guns. The wolf’s handler asks the photographers how they plan to explain their luck at capturing these seemingly once-in-a-lifetime images. “The story is, you staked out for four weeks, out in the wilderness,” one of the photographers jokes.

The real story is that the wolf is a three-year-old captive named Zeus, and the photographers only drove out to meet him this morning, from their comfortable lodge five minutes away. Zeus was raised and trained at a game farm called Minnesota Wildlife Connection, where his job is to pose for photographers and videographers who want to create images of animals in the wild.

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