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okay, so I now have some cash, and want to buy a new laptop. should i continue to wait until Apple unveils these ARM machines or just plunge in...

tbh i'm working on a 2013 13" MBP and it served my needs well until a year or so ago— i've started needing to utilize InDesign and Acrobat a lot more for work and other purposes, and the machine simply cannot keep up with my commands at this point.

other than this, I'm mostly using it to write, download/listen to/manage my digital music files, as well as teach seminars and such.

i know i asked about this over the summer, but thought it wise to ask again, since things might have changed? anyway, i'm sorry i'm such a clueless idiot about this stuff, i just don't have time to parse through all these reviews that litter the internet.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 14:39 (eight months ago) link

and thanks in advance for any help!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 14:40 (eight months ago) link

I would wait if you can, they've said they will introduce the first ARM laptop before the year's out and it will probably be a 13 incher.

calstars, Monday, 5 October 2020 15:09 (eight months ago) link

i'd wait as well, unless you have specific needs for Intel

Nhex, Monday, 5 October 2020 15:23 (eight months ago) link

Go for used, every time. The depreciation is insane on these things. At least with recent generations the RAM is on the motherboard and the chance of a non Apple SSD is very low, so you won’t run into the scenario you’re in now. That said, the SSDs can be third party upgraded up until a few years ago.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 5 October 2020 17:08 (eight months ago) link

Thanks y'all. Going to put some dough aside for the purpose. I appreciate it!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 5 October 2020 18:18 (eight months ago) link

Thread title does not deliver

DT, Monday, 5 October 2020 23:47 (eight months ago) link

In waiting for arm but it i depended on a specific non apple big application like indesign I would wait to hear there plans and err on the side of getting an intel. And yeah used is a pretty good deal on macs these days (better than it used to be, and I can only imagine that gets even better as the impending arm transition drives used intel Mac prices down).

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 00:09 (eight months ago) link

Thanks again for the advice, all. I ended up plunking down for one of the newer, faster Airs, refurbished (of course). With my education discount and AppleCare plus tax, turned out to be $1400. Arrives on Wednesday. Will report back!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 12 October 2020 15:08 (eight months ago) link

I've started using Spaces and just switched to a new MacBook. Why is the dock now showing only on my main workspace and not the others? I can't find this setting anywhere in preferences for mission control or dock. Googling finds no answer. What's going on??

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:21 (eight months ago) link

Oh, I figured it out. I was creating new workspaces (or are they called desktops?) by dragging the apps up there in Mission Control. That creates them in full screen mode, in which you can't see the dock unless you do some weird double-swipe manoeuvre that I'm completely unable to replicate except by chance. More zoom window, less full screen window is the answer for me.

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:59 (eight months ago) link

This shit shouldn't be this hard, even for an ageing doofus like me.

Alba, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 13:59 (eight months ago) link

They are called Spaces but named Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3, etc. (Thanks Apple.)

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:05 (eight months ago) link

At home I prefer a deskspace over something like a worktop. But on the road I’m all about purpose-driven stacked control views, separated by spaces

calstars, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:36 (eight months ago) link

I’ve been a Mac guy forever and still have never used Spaces.

DJI, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:02 (eight months ago) link

I use a lot of spaces, one for each writing project that I'm actively working on, plus one for mail, calendar, bibliography manager, another for browser. I would not want to do without it, even though the old 3x3 grid version was better.

All cars are bad (Euler), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:04 (eight months ago) link

Long time user of Spaces - especially so now that I work from home and only have one monitor. ILX gets its own space.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:58 (eight months ago) link

Maybe I should try it out.

DJI, Friday, 16 October 2020 21:33 (eight months ago) link

alright maybe someone here knows the answer to this: is there a way to see the files that you have uploaded to the iCloud music library and ONLY those files? Apparently I hit 100,000 uploaded files (this doesn't count things I just added via Apple Music, but actual files I've uploaded that weren't in Apple Music, or didn't match); this seems basically impossible to me. But I can't find a way to see these files by themselves. Anyone know if this is possible?

akm, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 14:09 (eight months ago) link

update: I think I found it, more or less. look at 'songs' in music, make sure you have 'cloud status' as a sorting option. had hundreds of things in there that for whatever reason aren't matched even though they are available in Apple Music. Also was able to see all the things that failed in their uploads for whatever reason, cleared all that out. Could also see the depressing list of things that were still in my library that were 'no longer available' presumably due to licensing changes.

akm, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 15:20 (eight months ago) link

You can also make a smart playlist, and have it filter only those that are unmatched.

stet, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 18:32 (eight months ago) link


calstars, Saturday, 24 October 2020 20:30 (seven months ago) link


This is a jaw-dropping paragraph. https://t.co/ix4JFLCZJe pic.twitter.com/QFl5MXoqPY

— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) October 25, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:36 (seven months ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:52 (seven months ago) link

Pretty sure Apple has a search engine ready to go as well (Siri suggestions hint as much). So double threat to Google there: if DoJ rules out these payments: Apple isn’t going to switch to Bing or some shit, it’s going to make a new competitor.

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:53 (seven months ago) link

Did their Maps app ever turn out to be a worthy, workable competitor to Google's? I remember it having some serious problems at launch, but I have no idea if it made up ground (I don't have an iPhone).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 25 October 2020 16:55 (seven months ago) link

Maps has improved but I’m not going to give up my hundreds of bookmarked spots in g maps

calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:01 (seven months ago) link

It was beyond terrible at first but it’s on a par w/Google now, in London at least

stet, Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:59 (seven months ago) link

The core navigation has been as good if not better but the right now I’m in Central Park and if I search for a restroom, Google tells me which ones are actually open and Apple does not. It’s that kind of information gap that makes me stick with Google.

I really need a pee.

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:37 (seven months ago) link


calstars, Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:49 (seven months ago) link

Google sufficed

Alba, Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:24 (seven months ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 25 October 2020 22:03 (seven months ago) link

well my headphone adapter has now failed. the one that was included with the SE 2020. it lasted about 6 months. for a few minutes i was telling myself, 'well, tracer, you DID use it on your evening jogs pretty much every day, and that's a lot of jostling!' and then i was like, hold on. i'm not going to feel guilty for USING it.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 November 2020 10:59 (seven months ago) link

You got one in the box? I didn't get one, I had to buy it. (I used my gf's for a couple of weeks).

Weirdly, the first time I used it (and it was Apple-branded, not third-party), it didn't work. After a reboot and some (surely ineffectual) blowing in the socket, it was fine and has been since. It does seem flimsy, doesn't it?

Michael Jones, Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:04 (seven months ago) link

yeah mine came in the box!

the way it failed was one channel just went. finished my run with a Surgeon mix tinnily pounding in one ear only.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:10 (seven months ago) link

Almost every Apple supplied cable grinder I have had has failed all too quickly

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:17 (seven months ago) link

Grommet not grinder

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 5 November 2020 11:17 (seven months ago) link

Was wondering

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:11 (seven months ago) link

why not just buy $900 wireless headphones from Apple that look like brain worms escaping?

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 5 November 2020 12:15 (seven months ago) link

Don't want people to know about my head full of brain worms

Dan I., Thursday, 5 November 2020 14:25 (seven months ago) link

Recently started experiencing a sound buffering issue on my iPhone 11 running 13.5.1. Wondering what 14.1 will do.

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:09 (seven months ago) link

Maybe it’s battery throttling

Meet the Anti-Monks! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 November 2020 16:27 (seven months ago) link

that macs still open mp3s with 'apple music' by default is ridiculous - this huge streaming shopfront just to play a file!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:18 (seven months ago) link

No greater sign of confidence than developer.apple.com going down hard on the day of an OS release.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:26 (seven months ago) link

Hey Apple users:

If you're now experiencing hangs launching apps on the Mac, I figured out the problem using Little Snitch.

It's trustd connecting to https://t.co/FzIGwbGRan

Denying that connection fixes it, because OCSP is a soft failure.

(Disconnect internet also fixes.) pic.twitter.com/w9YciFltrb

— Jeff Johnson (@lapcatsoftware) November 12, 2020

I wonder if this is why SizeUp is taking over a minute to move windows around right now

lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:30 (seven months ago) link

yep, it was

lukas, Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (seven months ago) link

that is insane

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 12 November 2020 21:33 (seven months ago) link

Wtf size up was driving me. It’s today. On slack my entire team was having problems with Adobe who were experiencing huge downs. I had to disconnect from vpn to get size up to work.

dan selzer, Thursday, 12 November 2020 23:01 (seven months ago) link

Apparently there's some sort of Akamai fiasco that's making everything today worse.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 13 November 2020 00:30 (seven months ago) link

be careful out there folks


𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 04:45 (seven months ago) link

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