Archive for March, 2015

Spotify update – an entire post of sarcasm

March 12, 2015 1 comment

Spotify logoHey Spotify, nice job on the latest update to your client on Macs – UI freezes for several seconds when doing complicated tasks like changing to the next song, changing volume and so on; moved the useful now-playing list to an obscure icon, and ditched that easy way to see what the current song is by right-clicking on the app icon.

Can’t wait for the next update where you disable the ability to play music – no one uses that function anyway.

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MacBooks and ports

March 10, 2015 1 comment
The new MacBook

The new MacBook

The big news from Apple’s announcement of the new MacBooks today is the single USB-C port. This could be the beginning of the end for not only MagSafe power connections, but thunderbolt too (although presumably Thunderbolt will remain on high-end devices such as the Mac Pro since it has 20Gbs of throughput compared to USB3’s 5Gbs).

Using USB-C connectors looks like it might finally enable single-cable docking station like functionality for Mac laptops, either through canny third-party manufacturers offering USB/display hubs and chargers or through display manufacturers offering one-cable USB-C connections that can charge your computer, pass audio/video to the screen and offer USB/Ethernet hubs too. For example, the Thunderbolt Display may end up being a USB-C Display instead (5K let’s hope!).