Tech Talk: I Think Apple’s Lost Its Luster

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I have been an Apple “fanboy” for many years. I purchased my very first Apple product in late 2003 – a white iBook G4. In the years since, I have owned countless Apple products: iPhones, MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads, Airport routers, an Apple TV, and multiple iPods. I even worked as an Apple “Genius” for a couple of years.

However, since Steve Jobs’s death in 2011, I have increasingly felt that Apple is not the same company under Tim Cook’s leadership. Continue reading “Tech Talk: I Think Apple’s Lost Its Luster”

Over It: Why We Dumped Instagram

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Today, we said “goodbye” to Instagram. While we’ve enjoyed (virtually) meeting great people in many countries, we struggled with a fundamental conflict that we cannot, personally, satisfactorily resolve: how to be part of social media without sacrificing the privacy of our personal information to the whims of a company that answers to one master – its shareholders.

Facebook, Inc. is a business (as are the other entities it’s assimilated, including Instagram), and its provision of this platform isn’t driven by altruism: despite the appearance that it’s free, there is a cost to using Instagram. That cost to users is allowing Facebook, Inc. to use users’ personal information for a number of purposes, including those that fall under “research”. That may sound relatively innocuous, but it’s not: for example, how would you feel about not having access to certain features that you know other users do? Without knowing why? On its face, it sounds discriminatory…and practically speaking, it’s just annoying.

Continue reading “Over It: Why We Dumped Instagram”