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    Newsletter Issue #1044 — Apple, 1998, and a Beta Test

    May 14th, 2023

    Being a loyal Mac user in 1998 wasn’t such a great place to be for many of us. Although co-founder Steve Jobs was doing a lot to keep the company afloat with a slimmer product lineup, profits were slim or none. In the days before the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, many still didn’t […]

    A Little Reality About Public Betas

    July 5th, 2017

    In recent years, Apple has allowed customers to take a huge chance. As with members of Apple’s developer program, you can get early access to Apple’s operating systems, for better or worse. And sometimes it can be for worse. While Apple wasn’t doing public betas of what was then called the Mac OS in the […]

    The Night Owl’s Non-Existent Predictions

    April 11th, 2017

    As you might expect, rumors have begun to appear about the forum or substance of the next Mac Pro and the mythical iMac professional version, or iMac Pro. Now contrary to what you might assume on the basis of the previous sentence, I’ll focus on the latter first. There’s a personal reason why. Back in the summer of […]

    I Remember the Bondi Blue iMac

    October 14th, 2015

    In 1998, I was a member of Apple’s “Customer Quality Feedback” program where I not just beta tested new apps and operating systems, but hardware. I received several samples of Macs that you may know about, plus one that never made it to the production stage, although it was rumored. When the decision was made […]