The Actual-Competition Edition Saturday, January 7, 2023

Here’s Why Samsung And Dell’s New Monitors Are So Exciting For Mac Users, by Dan Seifert, The Verge

A weird thing has happened at CES this year: display manufacturers not named Apple have announced true 5K and 6K monitors designed for creative work and productivity. These new monitors, which will appeal to Mac users for reasons other than “it’s white and doesn’t have RGB lights,” are providing some actual competition to Apple’s Studio Display and even an alternative to the staggeringly expensive pro-level Pro Display XDR.

Apple Just Released The Dream Karaoke Machine. Is It Too Good To Be True?, by Dan Kois, Slate

Does Sing replace a night at a karaoke bar? Not exactly. There’s abandon in setting yourself in the hands of someone else’s system, letting a KJ run the night or letting a private room become your own sweaty, disco-ball-lit party spot. I especially missed a great KJ’s ability to cue up songs, to keep the party bumping, to tweak the mix so you sound better, and to alter pitch or tempo for those who want to bend the song to their will. But if the bugs get ironed out, Sing will almost certainly replace a night of YouTube karaoke at home. It’s simply too amazing to be able to sing essentially any song you want. The Note I keep on my phone of songs I hope to sing at karaoke night, once only B-level Springsteen hits and Janet Jackson jams, grows exponentially as tune after tune occurs to me: “Punks in the Beerlight”! “Slack Motherfucker”! Tha Alkaholiks! They’re all available.

ShiftCam SnapGrip Review: Better iPhone Photos With MagSafe, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The SnapGrip is an excellent option for any shutterbug looking for a good grip. The battery pack is just an added bonus, and the Creator Kit isn't a bad value, either.

Things They Didn't Teach You About Software Engineering, by Vadim Kravcenko

In the real world, you have a codebase of several hundred thousand lines, and you're trying to figure out what your colleagues were smoking when they wrote this marvelous piece. You go back and forth between documentation and the person who understands the codebase more. At the end of the week, you write ten lines of code that fix some bug, and then the cycle repeats until you end up being the person people come to for an explanation of why you wrote it as you did.

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It is probably impossible, given how much the platform have grown for past 30 years, but I do wish there is still a set of concise and complete documentation for macOS developers. I can start from the first page of Volume I, read until the last page of Volume VI, and I'd know everything.



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