The Haven't-Heard-That Edition Monday, April 8, 2019

MacBooks Still Have Keyboard Problems? I Went To Two Apple Stores To Find Out, by Chris Matyszczyk, ZDNet

I began: "I hear people are complaining that these keyboards get dust inside them and start playing up."

"Mine doesn't," said the saleswoman.

I've heard some sales rap in my years. This was a new level of disarming.

"Ah, good. Well, I've been reading that some people are saying that their keys are behaving erratically."

"I haven't heard that," she replied.

My Quest To Find Vox’s New Apple News Plus Vertical: A UX Parable In ∞ Parts, by Joshua Benton, Nieman Lab

Apple bought Texture a full year ago, which meant its engineers and designers had a full year to figure out how to fit, say, individual articles from digital-native and newspaper news sources in amongst the newsstand-ready PDFs. At least in 1.0, they haven’t pulled it off.


Apple 27-inch iMac (2019): No New Ground, But Welcome CPU And GPU Upgrades, by Cliff Joseph, ZDNet

The overlap between the iMac and iMac Pro ranges is a little puzzling, but the improved performance of the 2019 iMac will be welcomed by owners of older Mac models who have eyed the iMac Pro with envy and empty pockets. The iMac Pro – with up to 18 cores in its Xeon processor – will still be more adept at workstation-level tasks, such as 3D animation or editing multiple streams of 4K video. But for many professional users in fields such as video, design and audio, the 2019 edition of the standard 27-inch iMac will be a very welcome upgrade.


A Deceptively Simple Way To Find More Happiness At Work, by Tim Herrera, New York Times

Rather than trying to get better at things you hate doing and know you’re not great at, reframe the issue and try to do more things that energize you and that you excel at. No one can tell you what those things are, and discovering them can be transformative.

Why ‘Worthless’ Humanities Degrees May Set You Up For Life, by Amanda Ruggeri, BBC

“In most areas that I can see, the employer just wants to know that you’ve been to college and you’ve done well. That’s why I think doing something that really interests you is essential – because that’s when you’re going to do well,” she says.

No matter what, making a degree or career path decision based on average salaries isn’t a good move. “Financial success is not a good reason. It tends to be a very poor reason,” Mangan says. “Be successful at something and money will follow, as opposed to the other way around. Focus on doing the stuff that you love that you’ll be so enthusiastic about, people will want to give you a job. Then go and develop within that job.”

Programming: Doing It More Vs. Doing It Better, by Kevin Martin Jose

So the secret sauce that makes good code great and the average Joe the next 10x programmer might be this – diligence exercised over a long time.


The Future Of News Is Conversation In Small Groups With Trusted Voices, by Chikai Ohazama, TechCrunch

I think this is where we are heading with our daily news consumption — private groups, only the highest quality, curated by experts that we trust. You can see this change already happening in people’s behavior, partly in reaction to recent events, but also because people are starting to educate themselves on how all of this technology works and what it means to them personally.

Bottom of the Page

If Steve Jobs can give away iPhone cases just because some of us are holding the phone wrong, the current (and by current, we're talking of a few years' timespan) effort by Apple in dealing with the keyboard situation seems woefully inadequate.

Just like an entire generation of Windows customers believe that operating systems need to be totally reinstalled every year, an entire generation of Mac customers probably now believe that a can of compressed air is an essential tool for every household.


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