Apple has been stingy with new Mac hardware – especially with desktop computers. It’s been years since the Mac Pro or Mac Mini have been updated. That’s why I’ve been pushing my Mac Mini (Early 2009) to the limit. I bought that computer almost eight years ago. I’ve been holding out for a worthy replacement, but using a single computer for so long comes with risk. A crash could lead to significant data loss. Well, on Ground Hog’s Day 2017, my Mac Mini crashed… and it crashed hard!
Donald John Trump is now officially the 45th president of the United States of America. That’s a huge change in direction for the country. What does that mean for the lives of ordinary citizens? Well, if Whitehouse.gov is a bellwether, nothing too radical so far. The Trump administration was given the keys to the official website of the Whitehouse. While there was a significant change in content, it’s still running on the same old content management system (CMS) – Drupal 7.
Nintendo has some hubris. The Nintendo Switch is slated to be available on March 3, 2017 – for $299. That puts it against the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Slim. Worse, these two competing consoles can be found for significantly less money than $299. Direct from Amazon.com, it’s about $20-$30 cheaper. That’s with a bundled game. The problem is even bigger than that. Why buy a toy when you can get an iPad? The iPad Air 2 was recently on sale for $275. Games are fun, but sometimes you need to be productive. With so many choices, how does the Nintendo Switch fair against the competition?
2016 was a fairly choppy year for Apple. Three different computing platforms were fighting for attention – iPhone, iPad and Mac. Each device has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Many Mac fans were holding out for the new MacBook Pro, but its launch was mired in controversy. Battery life issues, added expense, limited ports and upgrade limits ruined what should have been an exciting moment in the history of the Mac. Is the party over? Are the heydays of macOS history? Are tablets the future of computing? Let’s take a look.