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Diverging Futures

David Nuss
Hi BITSers!

I’ve had a feeling for a while this was coming but now am ready to start taking actions and would like any useful tips for a successful strategy.

Since the 80s I’ve been an Apple product user, even worked at a retail store for a bit.

Recent announcements and hardware/software/societal changes tell me it’s time to, not abandon Apple products, but stop ‘upgrading’.

So here is the ‘how’ of what I am thinking for a successful hardware/software/procedure strategy. I’m interested to know if anyone can see any mistakes or provide useful suggestions.

1) to ‘freeze' MBP at the latest Sierra, it makes sense to take it offline. So I need one online with minimal presence and one offline with most of my documents, photos, apps and music etc.

Can this be accomplished with a VM Ware virtual machine? or multiple accounts? or do I need to backup and partition the MBP?

I still need to look this up in Take Control but I also want to ‘archive’ my Mail, ie store a local copy of older messages from both Apple and other IMAP providers.

2) iOS 11, I don’t see much benefit for my use of iPad mini 4 and iPhone 7. Most of the features on the preview page I wouldn’t use. Probably pare down the apps on the device. I’m using Aperture for photo handling on the MBP and there’s a decent chance it won’t understand HEIF.

Will probably just keep on with the iPhone 7 and cable-syncing with the offline MBP. May have to change its battery down the road. When it eventually dies I guess I’ll go back to dumb phone and digital camera and notepad/paper calendar.

It’s sad that Apple seems to be actively discarding users who have some brain and want to use the devices to suit themselves. The future appears to be, do it Apple’s way, or no way. I had the feeling for some years that they at least gave some years heads-up that things were changing and provided some offramps. Glaring recent example: iTunes 12.7.

I get the business angle, but as a long time user it makes me sad that I am disposable and left without options other than this freeze, which will eventually be a dead end.

Anyway, rant over! let the useful tips and discussion begin!

dave


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Re: Diverging Futures

Rodney

> On Sep 18, 2017, at 11:13, David Nuss <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Recent announcements and hardware/software/societal changes tell me it’s time to, not abandon Apple products, but stop ‘upgrading’.

I’ve only been a Mac user for 10 years, but during that time I’ve seen at least one complaint similar to yours every time Apple released something new. My TL;DR response is that I don’t know what you use Apple products for, but if you use them for anything important you’re better off to keep them current. If Apple products no longer meet your needs, then why shouldn’t you abandon Apple?

> It’s sad that Apple seems to be actively discarding users who have some brain and want to use the devices to suit themselves.

It seems to me that users who have some brain look for products that suit themselves (and work well together) regardless of the logo on the box.

> The future appears to be, do it Apple’s way, or no way.

No. As with any vendor, your choices are to use a product as the vendor intended, spend a lot of time figuring out how to make it work as it was never intended (and incur the corresponding support headaches), or choose a more appropriate product from another vendor. The secret of success in business (and in life) is to prioritize. Go for maximum benefit and minimum cost, and keep in mind that you can’t do everything. That’s what Apple has done a good job of so far.

Apple has had a narrowly focused product line (some might say it isn’t as narrow as it should be) since Steve Jobs returned. You want a company that also makes toasters, refrigerators, and washing machines? Samsung is there for you.

> I had the feeling for some years that they at least gave some years heads-up that things were changing and provided some offramps. Glaring recent example: iTunes 12.7.

Yes, iTunes is crap, and not just recently. That’s why I’ve moved all my media that I didn’t buy from the iTunes Store to Plex.

> I get the business angle, but as a long time user it makes me sad that I am disposable and left without options other than this freeze, which will eventually be a dead end.

Why shouldn’t you be disposable? Apple sold you hardware and software. They didn’t marry you. It is Apple’s responsibility to their employees and shareholders to define their target market and provide products and services to satisfy that market. Apple’s responsibility to their customers is to provide products that reliably do what it says on the box. If you’re not part of, or are no longer part of, their “target demographic”, then where’s the problem? I’d bet that you’re not part of Boeing’s either. It is no one’s responsibility to make products that you personally want. It is your responsibility to find, or build, those products.




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Re: Diverging Futures

Mark Chaffin
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On 18 Sep 17, at 2:13 AM, David Nuss <[hidden email]> wrote:

1) to ‘freeze' MBP at the latest Sierra, it makes sense to take it offline. So I need one online with minimal presence and one offline with most of my documents, photos, apps and music etc.

Suggest you consider the fact that Apple normally provides security updates for at least one previous version of Mac OS for a considerable length of time. This might affect your timeline for “going offline.”

2) iOS 11, I don’t see much benefit for my use of iPad mini 4 and iPhone 7. Most of the features on the preview page I wouldn’t use. Probably pare down the apps on the device.

I think a really good reason to upgrade to iOS 11 is to receive the latest security updates. It’ll be a long time before the iPhone 7 becomes non-upgradeable if the past can be used to judge. My 4S was fully up to date on iOS when I finally bought a 6S four years later.

Mark




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Re: Diverging Futures

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On Sep 18, 2017, at 3:13 AM, David Nuss <[hidden email]> wrote:
> 2) iOS 11, I don’t see much benefit for my use of iPad mini 4 and iPhone 7.

You should always keep your iOS devices up-to-date to keep up with security updates.

The biggest change in iOS 11 for the phone is the new files app which gives you a great deal of control over the files on your device and on any and all cloud services (iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, even Synology Cloud Station, and I am sure many others).

The second best thing is the configurable Control Center.

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Re: Diverging Futures

David Nuss
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Thanks Mark;

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:51:03 -0700
From: Mark Chaffin <[hidden email]>
To: TidBITS Talk <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: Diverging Futures

On 18 Sep 17, at 2:13 AM, David Nuss <[hidden email]> wrote:

1) to ‘freeze' MBP at the latest Sierra, it makes sense to take it offline. So I need one online with minimal presence and one offline with most of my documents, photos, apps and music etc.

Suggest you consider the fact that Apple normally provides security updates for at least one previous version of Mac OS for a considerable length of time. This might affect your timeline for “going offline.”

I plan to download Sierra just before High is available, so I have an installer of the last version.

I’ll still be here on TidBITS list and monitoring Apple via tech news, so if a security update comes out I can investigate if it is worthwhile or if Apple also sneaks in some other changes to remove functionality ie iTunes 12.7.

Maybe this approach is not optimum but it’s clear I’ve had enough of Apple telling me to use the devices they way they say to and taking away features I use daily/frequently, putting in features I don’t want without a way to turn them off, etc. That process is only going to get worse imho.

2) iOS 11, I don’t see much benefit for my use of iPad mini 4 and iPhone 7. Most of the features on the preview page I wouldn’t use. Probably pare down the apps on the device.

I think a really good reason to upgrade to iOS 11 is to receive the latest security updates. It’ll be a long time before the iPhone 7 becomes non-upgradeable if the past can be used to judge. My 4S was fully up to date on iOS when I finally bought a 6S four years later.

I’ll live with the security risk and try to somehow reduce my exposure by taking as much material off the iDevices as possible while still having them be useful. Will also stay up on the latest tech news.

I somehow managed to maintain a calendar and contacts and take photos pre-iDevice, pre-internet, so I’ll go back to those methods. 


dn



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Re: Diverging Futures

David Nuss
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Hi lbutlr;

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:26:06 -0600
From: "@lbutlr" <[hidden email]>
Subject: Re: Diverging Futures

On Sep 18, 2017, at 3:13 AM, David Nuss <[hidden email]> wrote:
2) iOS 11, I don’t see much benefit for my use of iPad mini 4 and iPhone 7.

You should always keep your iOS devices up-to-date to keep up with security updates.

Thanks for the thoughts, I agree about security updates and I’ll keep an eye on the tech news to see if I can only apply the security part, and not other hidden, no-going-back changes Apple may roll into them. I just have less and less trust of Apple. Enough that I’ve getting off the train.

The biggest change in iOS 11 for the phone is the new files app which gives you a great deal of control over the files on your device and on any and all cloud services (iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, even Synology Cloud Station, and I am sure many others).

I don’t see any use for the Files app either. I am eliminating use of ‘cloud services’ a piece at a time because I see the trends. I want to maintain more control over my data. I will gladly take less convenience for local control. Have occasionally looked into ‘personal cloud’ setups but as a non-engineer, am too concerned about the security of those setups as well.

Using GoodReader to sync locally with the MBP suits my needs fine at present.

I’m also using 1PW to sync locally only, no longer store that data in the atmosphere.

The second best thing is the configurable Control Center.

I can see some advantage in the new Control Center and keyboard but it’s not enough to make me update. I already feel irritated with some of iOS 10’s mandatory ‘features’ which cannot be turned off, it’s just time so enough is enough.

Best!
dn




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