The Working-on-the-Same-Laptop Edition Sunday, June 30, 2019

Apple Identifies Logic Board Issue With 'Very Small Number' Of 2018 MacBook Airs, Will Fix Free Of Charge, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has identified an undisclosed issue with the logic board in "a very small number" of 2018 MacBook Air units, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers on Friday. The document was obtained by MacRumors from a source who has proven reliable.

Apple will replace the main logic board in affected MacBook Air units, free of charge. Apple will also send an email to affected customers to let them know that their notebooks are eligible for a main logic board replacement.

I Don't Have A Compelling Reason To Upgrade My Ancient MacBook Pro, by Austin Mallick, iDropNews

I have been the proud owner of a MacBook Pro since 2012. At the time, my Dell laptop from school had finally kicked the bucket after replacing the hard drive and working the thing to death with too many applications and not enough memory. My MacBook Pro was a gift from my parents for my birthday and Christmas, and I was ecstatic to start my journey on team Apple.

Now seven years later, I’m still working on the same laptop. The keyboard buttons are sticky, the trackpad works only on the right side, and the entire system has a fit if I open too many tabs in Chrome. But otherwise, this laptop is a charm. It’s served me well during many freelance jobs as I’ve hauled it back and forth across the country (and even to the Colombian jungle). But despite its age, I’m not looking to upgrade to a new MacBook Pro, and here’s why.

Eddy Cue Talks Steve Jobs, Apple TV+ In Inteview, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

When asked what users can expect from Apple TV+, Cue said that Apple’s focus isn’t on “creating the most” content, but rather “creating the best.” This is different from Netflix’s strategy, which Cue addressed.


I've Picked My Job Over My Kids, by Lara Bazelon, New York Times

“One by one, the children stood up and read what they had written. Many of them talked about how much they loved their moms, because they made them delicious food or gave them a safe place to live.

I grew uncomfortable as I listened, my smile frozen on my face. What on earth was my son going to say when it was his turn? That he lived in two different houses and routinely ate boiled hot dogs and chicken fingers while his mother told true crime stories? That he had once told me, politely, as we sat down to dinner, “Mom, I think you forgot the vegetable”?

My son was one of the last children to speak. He stood up and, in a clear voice, said: “I appreciate my parents for being lawyers because they get people out of jail. This really helps me reflect, do the right thing and have positive role models.”


A Costly Reminder That You Don't Own Those Ebooks, by Brian Barrett, Wired

At least Microsoft can afford to pay off its impacted customers. The next time a platform folds—and takes its ecosystem with it—those affected might not be so lucky. Which is maybe the real lesson of Microsoft obliterating its ebooks: This has all happened before, and not nearly enough is being done to stop it from happening again.

The Worm That Nearly Ate The Internet, by Mark Bowden, New York Times

At its height, when it consisted of at least 10 million individual IP addresses, there were few computer networks in the world secure enough to withstand an attack from it. And yet it was used only once, to spread a relatively minor strain of “scareware” intended to frighten unsuspecting users into downloading fake antivirus software. That attack was surprisingly pedestrian, like taking a Formula One racecar for a slow ride around the block. Surely something bigger was coming.

But it never did. Why? Who created Conficker, and why bother if they were not going to use it?

Today, thanks to extraordinary sleuthing by the F.B.I. and some of the world’s premier cybersecurity experts, there are answers to these questions. They offer an unsettling reminder of the remarkable sophistication of a growing network of cybercriminals and nation states — and the vulnerability of not just our computers, but the internet itself.

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Many days ago, I disabled right-click on my Magic Mouse. After just a few days of adjustment, I haven't miss this at all. All my clicks are now interpreted correctly by the operating system as being left-clicks. (Not that I am giving the operating system any decisions to make.)

The only problem is that, occasionally, I will control-click on my Windows machine, and that does not work.


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