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    The Living-in-a-Bubble Report

    November 28th, 2014

    I have no doubt that the OS X Yosemite upgrade experience has been less than perfect for some of you. This is the way it is in the real world. No OS or app is perfect, and sometimes there will be interactions that the developers do not or cannot account for as they continue creating the software. So as it reaches more and more people, previously unsuspected problems will appear.

    Sure, some of these bugs may have been known before release, but couldn't be confirmed, or were given a low level of priority. No, I don't know why the Wi-Fi failures reported by some of you in the initial OS X Yosemite release were left unfixed even after over a million Mac users submitted feedback during a public beta process. Apple will probably never tell us why that happened, or whether it was an artifact of the final release that wasn't caught before it was posted.

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    Apple and the Media’s Death Wish

    November 27th, 2014

    Typical of any publicly-traded corporation, Apple's stock price has had its ups and downs. This reminds me of the time I met a friend, his name is Mark, at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. He accompanied me and my son, Grayson, to the Steve Jobs keynote. My press pass accommodated extra "helpers."

    After experiencing the famous Steve Jobs "reality distortion field," Mark called his stock broker and ordered up a few hundred thousand dollars worth of Apple stock, which were trading for over $23 a share at the time. He said he sold it some months later for a decent profit. But imagine if he hung onto that investment for the full decade. Don't forget the recent seven-for-one stock split. His investment would have appreciated nearly 35 times over the original purchase price. His stash of Apple stock would be worth millions.

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    The Living-in-Ignorance Report

    November 26th, 2014

    As I look over the history of this blog, dating back to 1999, I find that I've covered some subjects over and over. No, not because my memory isn't quite as sharp as it used to be. My feeling, instead, is that a lot of tech commentators choose to forget or are so busy regurgitating silly theories about Apple that they don't do their own research. So I have to remind them from time to time.

    But even a few moments at Wikipedia would demonstrate that a lot of these memes are just not true. That doesn't suit the agenda of the people who want you to believe that Apple, now with the highest market cap of any company on the planet, is ultimately toast.

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    The Apple OS Licensing Report: Dumb Too?

    November 25th, 2014

    When I began to give this column a title, I was really tempted to duplicate that of the "Dumb and Dumber" movie sequel, but I couldn't bring myself to repeat the silly misspelling in the title. But when it comes to Apple's critics, the ones who demand that Apple do this, that, or the other thing, all bets may be off.

    One demand made over the years was actually shown to be potentially ruinous to Apple. After years of clamoring for the company to license the crown jewels, the Mac OS, Apple relented in 1995. The deal involved licensing the Mac ROMs and OS at a fixed fee per unit sold, starting at a reported $50. Both existing companies and new ones got involved, including Power Computing, an aggressive startup.

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