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How to diagnose Time Machine / Time Capsule issues

My Time Machine backup suddenly stopped working. Apple support has been helping (and Chris has been nice!). Here's the command by which Apple collects all info they want to debug this, and what it echoes to the terminal (slightly abbreviated). I figure I post this for the geeks among us; perhaps it helps somebody in…

The wars between tech firms and governments are beginning

First there was Apple vs. the FBI about decrypting iPhone data. As Snowden put it: The @FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on #Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around. https://t.co/vdjB6CuB7k— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 17, 2016 Now Microsoft is suing the US Justice department over secrecy orders that…

Tech Titans’ Next Targets: Telcos and Cars

Apple has over $200 billion in revenue, growing 25% a year. Where are the next $50 or $100 billion going to come from? Mobile phones: no, that market is close to saturation. Desktops and laptops? Stagnant. Watch? Certainly not. All of them have room to grow, but not by 10's of billions of dollars every…

In praise of my MacBook Pro

I've owned Macs, continuously, since 1992, when I got an LC II. Even through the dark years when my PowerBook 5300 seemed to be in the shop more often than it was usable. My most recent MacBook Pro, is undoubtedly the best. I bought it, while on vacation in Italy, on-line within hours of when…

User-Centricity and Steve Jobs

Without Steve Jobs, this industry already feels like it has lost something. Something important. A key vibe, philosophy, point of view, ... I was struggling with figuring out what until I discussed school work with my kid tween today. He has to write some essay, and we were discussing how he was going to type…