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Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

7:15 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.

OS X: How to Use Separate Spaces with Multiple Monitors

8:30 AM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

OS X Yosemite (and Mavericks), by default in a clean install, provide for each monitor, in a multiple monitor system, to have its own display Spaces. The immediate symptom is a rather confusing presentation of a full menu bar on each display, with the one that's inactive dimmed. John Martellaro explains the ins and outs of that setting, multiple displays and Spaces.

Apple Posts Details of Apple Pay Verification Methods

3:45 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?