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iPhone spam-call-blocking apps

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

Hiya creepily requires access to all of my contacts, which I think they transmit to their servers for vaguely specified reasons.Truecaller creepily requires my name, phone number, and email address to add to their directory, which I think might allow people to find my phone number under vaguely spe…




A letter to today’s young people

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

The strongest despair I’ve heard about this election has come from high school and college students. I don’t know if this will really help anyone, and I hope it’s not patronizing. But just in case it helps:George W. Bush was elected during my freshman year of college. For the next 8 years — all of…


A world without the Mac Pro

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

It’s looking increasingly likely that there will never be another Mac Pro. Here’s why that would be a shame.Pro buyers depend on Apple to make the hardware that satisfies our needs. And we’re flexible. We’ve adapted over the years to new CPU architectures, port changes, capability changes, price in…


Design for the present

Written by Marco Ament / Original link on Nov. 17, 2017

It’s hard to get anyone to agree on what constitutes “pro” use, but I’d say it has three core requirements:Reliability: Pro gear absolutely must be dependable, even when used heavily or in demanding conditions.Power: Pro apps usually need more of every hardware resource than consumer apps — at leas…