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    Newsletter Issue #1038 — Revisiting Apple’s Non-Upgrades

    December 14th, 2022

    So let me sum it up for starters: Is it very likely that smartphones, tablets and personal computers have become so good that the new, improved models are offering features that few of us really care about? Does that, in effect, make you less likely to upgrade your device? Let’s take a look at the […]

    Some Dirty Secrets About Upgrading to Windows 8

    January 11th, 2013

    If you believe what Microsoft tells you, the system requirements for Windows 8 are pretty basic. Here they are, direct from Microsoft’s site: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics […]

    Newsletter Issue #682: Mountain Lion: Four Months Later

    December 24th, 2012

    All right, Apple’s vision of the personal computer is that of an appliance. This is one key reason, for example, why upgrade options are usually very limited. Turn it on, use it, turn it off. You needn’t worry about what goes on inside, although that’s not the way PCs have traditionally been designed. Of course, […]

    What About Future Mac Growth?

    September 6th, 2012

    All right, let’s see here. Mac sales in the June quarter were only slightly ahead of the comparable quarter in 2011, whereas iPad sales soared. Sure, some of that might be attributed to the late arrival of the upgraded MacBook lineup, particularly the MacBook Pro with Retina display. But how many people actually postponed Mac […]