Apple FAIL!

I am a HUGE fan of Apple computers, I love the OS, the aluminium unibody, the track pad. My 2009 MacBook Pro is getting a little long in the tooth and may need replacing soon.
Probably sooner rather than later as I absolutely do not want any of these nasty new products that Apple just launched. I think a refurb item from the Apple Store may be the way to go.

So what don’t I like?

Apple have ditched the MagSafe charging port. Of all the ideas Apple have had over the years this was genius. On the very first day of MacBook Pro ownership that port saved my Mac from taking a flying leap onto the floor. There is no way I would entertain spending a couple of thousand quid on laptop that has not got such a port.

USB-C: Come ON Apple, every device I own connects with, well, not a USB C, so now I have to buy dongles that I can lose? At least put one USB2 port on the laptop.

I am not alone, I have seen lots of comments along similar lines.
Wake up Apple, or we might just go get a Surface Pro!

Internet of Things

It looks like the internet of things just bit us on the bum with a serious denial of service attack on 16 October 2016.

Should we be worried? YES!

The problem is that most of us have a 20th century mindset when it comes to our things. Want to record TV? You probably have PVR, but you think of it in the same way you did your old VHS machine. But your PVR is probably connected to the internet. So it can be hacked. This is the problem, much of the internet of things is not hack proof, nor can much of it be made hack proof. Some devices have passwords hard coded into the device and they can not be changed.

Expect to see more of this in the future. Meanwhile check your gadgets, it could be that your new smart refrigerator is doing stuff apart from keeping your food cold.