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A friend pointed me to this Apple commercial, focusing on the privacy that one’s device allows its user… implying that iOS non-users are completely out in the open and left to their own devices in this snooping world.

Beyond this message, while true in the current state of affairs where Android has no protection in this regard, I found the commercial’s fusion of video, text and pacing masterful. Perfect, simply.

A bit of Stories of Apple on Patreon are now public. Enjoy!

I’d like to let you know that some of the first posts of Stories of Apple on Patreon are now public.

This way you can read and enjoy them freely and can also see the kind of content that Nicola D’Agostino has posted during these years to his supporting patrons (which I hope you’ll think about becoming – like me – supporting more research and quality, in-depth writing).


The early days of Apple Computer, Inc.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/early-days-of-7931239

The 88110 CPU and the RISC workstations that never were
https://www.patreon.com/posts/88110-cpu-and-8263909

Jaguar Vs Cognac
https://www.patreon.com/posts/jaguar-vs-cognac-8539266

ARMageddon and ARMistice
https://www.patreon.com/posts/armageddon-and-9551853

Steve’s motorcycle
https://www.patreon.com/posts/steves-11414717

Yes, NeXT did port NeXTStep to the m88k CPU
https://www.patreon.com/posts/yes-next-did-to-12476827

Working at Eazel – An Interview with Gene Ragan
https://www.patreon.com/posts/working-at-eazel-14109174

As you’ll see some of these posts are thematically linked, adding interesting details and helping to define a bigger and clearer picture of what Apple (or NeXT) was doing in a particular time.

the banker’s smile

… in Apple’s case the contrast hits more noticeably given their insistence on presenting themselves as a company that’s intimately close to their users, caring about their privacy, manufacturing devices that “improve and enrich people’s lives”, and so on. Perhaps I’m just rambling here, but what I kept feeling as the event unfolded is that Apple both gets and doesn’t get their customers; that Apple’s genuineness is part real, part façade. For better or for worse, there was a honesty and candidness in Jobs’s Apple that I don’t feel at all with this Apple.

Apple’s smile feels like the smile a banker wears when you say you want to open an account there.

Riccardo Mori, Brief notes on Apple’s “Time Flies” event

Apple’s Thirty Percent Cut

… the difference between 30% and something reasonable like 10% would probably have meant some of my friends would still have their jobs at Omni, and Omni would have more resources to devote to making, testing, and supporting their apps.

But Apple, this immensely rich company, needs 30% of Omni’s and every single other developer’s paycheck?

Brent Simmons

One of the most sane critics to the Apple 30% fee querelle that has gone over the last weeks.

iMazing HEIC Converter

To make a long story short, I needed a way to convert HEIC photos extracted iPhone (and yours, if you have iOS 11 or later on your device) on my macOS via the Photos.app that would keep intact all the metadatas (included the creation date).

A little search on the web took me to iMazing HEIC Converter, a free app for macOS and Windows, that works perfectly. That’s all!