Eclectic Light Company Founder Dr. Howard Oakley - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Howard Oakley on Background Mode

Dr. Howard Oakley is currently a developer of Mac software and is the founder of The Eclectic Light Company. Howard started life keenly interested in medicine, attended Oxford, and spent most of his career with the British Royal Navy as a doctor, ascending to the rank of Surgeon Commander. Along the way, he became heavily involved with computers and programming. His first encounter with a Mac SE and MPW hooked him for life.

We chatted about his life and times as a navy physician, his parallel evolution as a Mac developer, his amazing blog, The Eclectic Light Company, his writing for Mac Format, and some of his amazing free software: Aquiline Check, Consolation and SilentKnight, tools he wanted for himself. Howard delves into security issues, like XProtect, in a way that few other developers do.

Apple Stumbles With its Obtrusive Apple TV+ Ads

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

We’ve always expected just a little more from Apple when it comes to treating the customer with respect and delivering best-of-class products. That’s been called into question with one Apple service.

When an Apple Macintosh Isn't a Macintosh Anymore

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

John looks at the week’s curated news that didn’t make the TMO headines. This collection of news debris, however, is as juicy as ever. iPhone 11 trickery. HDMI 2.1 details. And a cute robotic cat.

What Apple Might Have in Mind for its Macs in 2020

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

2017 MacBook Air

There are some tantalizing opportunities for Mac upgrades in 2020. And even some opportunities to fill in holes in the lineup. John’s selected article of the week explore it all.

MacGeneration Finds Icon of 16-inch MacBook Pro in macOS 10.15.1 Beta

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

French website MacGeneration (via MacRumors) has found references to and an image of a 16-inch MacBook Pro in the beta of macOS 10.15.1. Looking similar to the current 15-inch MacBook Pro, the not-yet-announced device has a thinner bezel. Cool, yeah? Here’s a snippet from the Google Translate version of the article, but read the full thing for more images and info.

macOS 10.15.1 contains references to a MacBook Pro 16″, which accredit the many rumors about this new model.In the code of the first two beta of this version of Catalina, we found with the help of a reader, Maxime, the mention “MacBookPro16,1” which designates a new laptop of 16 “. Better than that, there are even the icons of the machine!

Apple's Rapid iOS Releases, macOS Upgrade Warning and Prep - TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-18

· Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro are back with guest-host Bryan Chaffin to discuss the seemingly dizzying array of iOS updates Apple has released in the last few weeks. They also talk about the special case needs of macOS Catalina and whether Apple could do more to proactively warn users of everything they might face with their Mac systems.

A New, Better Way to Install Apps in macOS

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple has required macOS developers to comply with many modern security practices. John explores the next logical step.

Saving the Planet with a Mac

· John Martellaro · Editorial

There are popular products in Apple’s lineup of consumer products. But the resurgence of the Mac suggests that Apple realizes that scientists won’t be doing research that changes the world on an iPad.

Lots of Good Reasons for Apple to Dump the Mac's Intel CPUs

· John Martellaro · Link

Ed Hardy at Cult of Mac writes:

It’s past time Macs stopped depending on Intel processors. There’s new evidence to show they’ve outlived their usefulness. A switch to Apple-designed chips will make macOS devices better for a variety of reasons …

It’s an opinion piece, but the author’s opinions are, in my parallel view, well-founded.

Apple and Content, Marzipan, and the Executive Shuffle, with Charlotte Henry - ACM 502

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Where is Apple going with its content drive? Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to dive deep into original shows, services, publishing, news, and Apple’s other content ambitions. They also talk about the promise (and potential drawbacks) of Marzipan, and what Apple’s recent executive shuffling might portend.

Resolved: Making Better Mac Backups

· John Martellaro · How-To

This is the time of year when many are on vacation. And making new year’s resolutions. It’s good to reflect on and possibly update one’s Mac backup strategy. John walks us through it.

10 Things We Wish Apple Would Do in 2019

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Making a list. Checking it twice.

Just because a focus of Apple is making metric boatloads of money doesn’t mean that worthy projects that surprise and delight the customer must remain off the table.

Apple Heads Into the Holidays With a Particularly Strong Lineup

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple and a Big Pile of Cash

After what looked to be a rather bleak year in terms of new Apple products, the company came out swinging this fall with a strong overall lineup of Macs, iPads and iPhones. John sizes up Apple’s prospects.

How to Select a Processor Option for Your New Mac

· John Martellaro · Deep Dive

Apple's Mac family with macOS Mojave

Apple has announced and shipped some exciting new Macs in 2018. For a prospective buyer, selecting the right processor option is one of the first tasks. John provides some guidance.

More Questions Than Answers on The Future of The Mac

· John Martellaro · Analysis

iMac Pro and iPad Pro

Apple has been systematically making the iPad Pro more and more capable. How will we know when it can finally do all the things everyone needs? And replace the Mac.