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Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.  

Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on Your Mac

5:15 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Science Projects for Desktop Macs

Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.

OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

OS El Capitan Removes

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.