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The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

10 hours, 40 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Editorial

The Two Sides of Apple

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind.  This is not a bug; it's a feature.

OS X Security is a Lot Better Than You Thought

4:30 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Pondering OS X Security

Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react? John Martellaro offers a calming counter perspective.

The Complete Guide to an OS X Clean Install of El Capitan

1:20 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

El Capitan Clean Install Process

Apple has designed OS X so that one can just upgrade to the next version, "over the top," seamlessly. With this kind of upgrade, all user data, settings and accounts remain as before, and that works for most users most times. However, there are occasions when a user needs to do what's called a "Clean Install." This sets up the Mac as if it first came out of the box and then personal data is restored. John Martellaro, after a brief introduction, lists the steps for a Clean Install.

Apple Unleashes OS X El Capitan: What to Do Now

1:50 PM, Sep. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · News

El Capitan is out-how to be ready

Apple has unleashed its next version of OS X for the Macintosh, named El Capitan. In this release, Apple has officially focused on the user experience and performance, but this new version will have traditional attention to stability and security. Here's a rundown of how to to be properly ready before you pull the trigger. 

What Shall Apple Do with All That Money? Rethink the Car

2:30 PM, Sep. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple & 21st Century cars

When a modern company has some extra money, creative executives have refined the art of rolling that money upwards towards themselves often starving other efforts. Even so, while car company R&D budgets are generally healthy, they may not be enough to make a major breakthrough in 21st century car technology. What if that's what Apple is planning to do?