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Steve Jobs & Apple: Past, Present, Future

1:55 PM, Aug. 30th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Steve Jobs

Looking back in time through the lenses of rose-colored glasses, it may seem that Steve Jobs’s genius was recognized from the very beginning. With the glasses off, the harder truth becomes apparent. Ted Landau looks back at the not always rosy past, the incredible present and the uncertain future of Apple — in the wake of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO.

Life Without Print Media: Going All In With My iPad (Part 2)

3:56 PM, Aug. 22nd, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Time Magazine

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Ted Landau explained the rationale behind his self-imposed two-week ban on reading print news media — depending instead entirely on iPad apps. In today’s conclusion, he continues to detail the results of the experiment — as well as assessing its overall success and what it may portend for the future.

Life Without Print Media: Going All In With My iPad (Part 1)

5:04 PM, Aug. 19th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

The San Francisco Chronicle

Recently, Ted Landau queried: “Why am I reading all of this print media when I have an iPad? Isn’t print media supposed to be on its deathbed?” That’s when he had the idea to try going two weeks without reading his print publications. In part 1, he focuses on newspapers.

Discontent with Lion’s “My Way or the Highway” Approach

1:30 PM, Aug. 10th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Lion on the Highway

Hear that noise in the distance? It’s the persistent rumblings of users unhappy about Apple’s “my way or the highway” attitude with many of Mac OS X Lion’s features. And the noise is getting louder. Ted Landau argues that in several key areas, Apple has changed the OS so that, what used to be under the user’s control, is now determined by the OS itself, and worse, there’s nothing you can do about it.

Paul Kent: Macworld Expo 2012 Will Be a Festival

5:38 PM, Aug. 5th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Macworld 2012

Forget the traditional increasingly stodgy Macworld Expo. The 2012 Expo is going to be something entirely new and different. Call it a “celebration” or a “festival.” Whatever you call it, Macworld Expo 2012 will be an opportunity to get together and “facilitate the joy of being an Apple user,” according to Paul Kent, the man in charge of Macworld, and the subject of this interview with Ted Landau.

The Future of the Mac After Lion

3:52 PM, Jul. 29th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Mission Control

Ted Landau has spent the past few weeks using a telephoto lens to zoom in on OS X Lion, examining all its nooks and crannies. For a change of pace, he decided to shift to his wide-angle lens and look at the bigger picture: Where exactly is Apple heading with Lion? What can the new version of OS X tell us about the future of the Mac?

The Best (and Other) Features of Lion

2:50 PM, Jul. 19th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View


Apple touts that Mac OS X Lion has 250+ new features. Actually, if you count every little thing that’s changed in Lion, there are well more than 250 (as Apple omits mention of numerous minor modifications to the OS). Ted Landau has put together a short list of his personal favorites…

Reclaiming the Finder in Lion

2:46 PM, Jul. 14th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Lion Mission control

OS X Lion still has the Finder, but you may be disappointed if you’re expecting it to work the way it does in Snow Leopard. Ted Landau shows you how to change a few settings so that you can restore much of that functionality.

Quicken and Lion: Intuit Strikes (Out) Again

2:58 PM, Jul. 13th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View

Quicken 2007 for Mac

Mac OS X Lion is due out any day now. If you are a Quicken 2007 user, you’ll have to make a decision before your upgrade to the new OS because it won’t run under Lion and you can’t even convert your Quicken data to work with a different program. Ted Landau, a long-time Quicken user, considers his options, while bemoaning Intuit’s disappointing lack of support.

iCloud Predictions: Scoring My Crystal Ball

4:44 PM, Jun. 27th, 2011 · · Ted Landau’s User Friendly View


It’s not too often that one gets to make a collection of hefty predictions about Apple’s future direction and then have Apple officially confirm (or, as the case may be, deny) those predictions less than two weeks later. Yet this is exactly what just happened to Ted Landau. In this piece, he grades those predictions to find out how he did.