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  • The Operating Systems Family Tree

    Wed 5:57pm By Stephen Hackett
    Alphonse Eylenburg has created something wonderful: In this post you’ll find a family tree and timeline of operating systems. I have tried to include all operating systems, no matter how old or obscure. Of course, a complete list is virtually impossible, as…
  • Connected #357: I Need my Hands, Especially in the Summer

    Wed 12:00pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected, Myke is away, so Stephen talks about the Mac Pro and Federico talks about emulating old video games. Also: MagSafe PopSockets, shipping challenges and the future of the Jeremies. On Connected Pro, I share my thoughts on my first new TV…
  • Mac Pro Gets GPU Upgrades

    Tue 11:59am By Stephen Hackett
    Jason Snell, known mocker of my Mac Pro: It’s not dead yet! On Tuesday, Apple rolled out three new graphics card modules for the Intel-based Mac Pro, all based on AMD’s Radeon Pro W6000 series GPU. (Apple posted a Mac Pro performance white paper to…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) – Lower Fan Replacement Instructions

    Tue 11:20am By Stephen Hackett
    This PDF is just one of many that Apple used to provide for people doing their own repairs.
  • Google Announces Pixel 6 Line

    Mon 12:07pm By Stephen Hackett
    These prototypes look great, and the fact that Google designed its own system on a chip for them is really interesting and I bet those new cameras will be a big upgrade over the old sensor in the latest Pixel models, but I’d be a lot more excited if they…
  • Sponsor: TextSniper – OCR Simplified

    Mon 10:40am By Stephen Hackett
    TextSniper is a Mac OCR app that can extract text anywhere on your Mac’s screen and automatically save it to your clipboard so that you can paste it into a live document or anywhere you need it. TextSniper is a bit like Live Text, but with fewer limitations.…
  • Mac Power Users: #599: A Man of the People, with Dr. Drang

    Mon 10:40am By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Mac Power Users, Dr. Drang returns to the show to discuss his recent Mac renaissance, the way he manages notes and some of his favorite utilities. On More Power Users, we spoke about Drang’s earliest Mac usage. It was a lot of fun. My thanks to…
  • Funded!

    Sat 7:44pm By Stephen Hackett
    …aaaaand that’s a wrap on the campaign! It closed out at 1,164 backers and at 1015% of the original goal. While I wait on funds to clear, I’ll be wrapping up the final touches on the calendar. I’ve got a photo or two I’m still tinkering with, and…
  • Switch to iPad

    Fri 6:01pm By Stephen Hackett
    My thanks to Switch to iPad for sponsoring 512 Pixels this week. Switch to iPad is a weekly newsletter about getting the most out of your iPad. Try it free for 14 days; cancel anytime.
  • How the Apple I Works

    Fri 12:10pm By Stephen Hackett
    The 8-Bit Guy has a new video out about the Apple I. I learned a ton about the computer from it:
  • An Update on my Apple Hardware Calendar Kickstarter

    Jul 29, 2021, 4:32 pm By Stephen Hackett
    I’ve been hard at work this week wrapping up the photography for the calendar, and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos are turning out. I do not want to spoil the images in advance, but I will share one of my favorite new shots with you today: I’ve…
  • Liftoff #155: Apollo 15

    Jul 27, 2021, 7:25 pm By Stephen Hackett
    In our on-going series of marking the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo missions, we’ve arrived to Apollo 15: As the first J mission, Apollo 15 marked a new era of broader discovery and scientific work on the lunar surface. David Scott, Alfred M. Worden,…
  • Charts!

    Jul 27, 2021, 7:14 pm By Stephen Hackett
    As usual, Jason Snell has a great breakdown of Apple’s quarterly results. These results are bonkers, even for Apple.
  • Monterey Beta 4 Brings Live Text Feature to Intel Macs

    Jul 27, 2021, 2:34 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Live Text is the feature that lets users copy text out of pictures was announced as an Apple silicon-only addition to macOS, but it seems that Apple has changed its tune: macOS Monterey Beta 4 includes Live Text for Intel Macs 🎉 Sounds like Apple…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: How to Tell if 802.11n-enabling Software is Installed

    Jul 26, 2021, 2:00 pm By Stephen Hackett
    A select number of Macs came with 802.11n-capable hardware built-in, but required a software update to connect to wireless networks at that speed. The machines that could be updated included: MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo Mac…
  • Sponsor: Switch to iPad

    Jul 26, 2021, 10:39 am By Stephen Hackett
    The iPad is a truly magical piece of glass. It’s the primary computer for many. That’s why Thord D. Hedengren started Switch to iPad, a weekly newsletter about making the switch to a better computing life. Switch to iPad isn’t just for those who have…
  • Mac Power Users #598: Home Networking

    Jul 25, 2021, 6:38 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This week on the show, David Sparks and I talk about what goes into designing and maintaining reliable wired and wireless networks, and give some advice if you’re looking to upgrade yours. On More Power Users, we catch up on Apple Car rumors and wonder what…
  • One Week Left on my Calendar Kickstarter

    Jul 24, 2021, 5:18 pm By Stephen Hackett
    What an amazing three weeks! I’ve been hard at work polishing details and working on photos. I’ve also been focusing on the stickers for backers of the “Get It All” pledge level. And they are amazing: The artwork is by my buddy Jelly, who also did the…
  • Siri, What is an Astronaut

    Jul 24, 2021, 4:51 pm By Stephen Hackett
    A question for our new age of space travel.
  • Rumor States Apple Testing New External Display with Apple Silicon Inside

    Jul 23, 2021, 2:17 pm By Stephen Hackett
    For years, Mac users have wanted Apple to ship an external display that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Filipe Espósito at 9to5 Mac has some good news on that front: The new display is being developed under the codename J327, but at this point, details about…
  • Connected #355: Roast my Menu Bar

    Jul 21, 2021, 8:10 pm By Stephen Hackett
    This time on the show: Myke has questions about the Apple Watch, Stephen holds an unboxing and Federico has a new computer. Then, judging others based on the menu bar of their Mac. On Connected Pro, we spoke about breaking up with a professional and counting…
  • macOS Big Sur 11.5 Released

    Jul 21, 2021, 4:54 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Live in Software Update now: macOS Big Sur 11.5 includes the following improvements for your Mac: Podcasts Library tab allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows This release also fixes the following issues: – Music may not update play…
  • Kbase Article of the Week: If Your iPhone Doesn’t Unlock Your Apple Watch After Updating to iOS 14.7

    Jul 20, 2021, 11:37 am By Stephen Hackett
    For once, a timely support document: When you have Unlock with iPhone turned on, unlocking your iPhone unlocks your Apple Watch as long as you’re wearing it. An issue in iOS 14.7 affects the ability of iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch. If…
  • Alfred & Reminders

    Jul 19, 2021, 5:10 pm By Stephen Hackett
    If you use Alfred and Reminders, Robb Knight has some good news for you.
  • The Meaning of ‘Performa’

    Jul 19, 2021, 12:03 pm By Stephen Hackett
    These are the two most interesting tweets about the Macintosh Performa … maybe ever. Think it’s possible that the Macintosh Performa name was a portmanteau of performance and the Latin “pro forma?” I never made this connection before.…
  • Sponsor: TextExpander from Smile

    Jul 19, 2021, 11:47 am By Stephen Hackett
    TextExpander removes the repetition out of work so you can focus on what matters most. You can say goodbye to repetitive text entry, spelling and message errors, and trying to remember the right thing to say. When you use TextExpander, you can say the right…
  • 2001 Revisited: Macworld New York

    Jul 18, 2021, 9:00 am By Stephen Hackett
    In my series 2001 Revisited, I’m covering Apple’s major announcements from 20 years ago. On July 18, 2001, Steve Jobs presented the keynote at Macworld New York, less than two months after WWDC 2001. Retail Update This event took place a couple of months…
  • 14 Days

    Jul 17, 2021, 3:48 pm By Stephen Hackett
    We’re halfway through the Kickstarter campaign for my 2022 Apple Hardware Calendar and I could not be more thrilled by the results so far: over 800 backers so far. If you haven’t checked it out, I would love for you to consider pledging.
  • The Print Shop Club

    Jul 17, 2021, 11:16 am By Stephen Hackett
    Need to run an emulated Apple II in a browser to run The Print Shop to make some PDFs? This website is for you.
  • Automattic Buys Pocket Casts

    Jul 16, 2021, 2:39 pm By Stephen Hackett
    Eli Budelli: We’re excited to announce that Pocket Casts will be joining Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com. More than 80M people in the US listen to a podcast weekly, and this critically acclaimed podcast app makes it easier for fans to…