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Adam Engst

Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS. He has written numerous books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993, and the Take Control electronic book series now owned and operated by alt concepts. His awards include the MDJ Power 25 ranking as the most influential person in the Macintosh industry outside of Apple every year since 2000, inclusion on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and being named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And yes, he has been turned into an action figure.

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Why You Shouldn’t Make a Habit of Force-Quitting iOS Apps or Restarting iOS Devices

A surprising number of people continue to force-quit iOS apps and restart or shut down their iOS devices as a matter of habit. Except when recovering from a frozen app or misbehaving device, those behaviors will reduce battery life and hurt performance. Here’s why.

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VintageApple.org Archives the Early Mac Universe

Adam Engst was recently turned on to the VintageApple.org site, which has full archives of Macworld, MacUser, and Byte, along with hundreds of vintage books about the Mac and Apple. Check it out!

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Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

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Be Careful When Scheduling Events Using Siri

Adam Engst recently scheduled a Zoom call with colleagues on a non-profit board and had to apologize when one of them was irritated at ending up in Google Hangouts by himself for 10 minutes. The problem arose due to a confluence of issues with Siri and Google Calendar—read on to learn how to avoid similar embarrassments.

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Four TidBITS 30th Anniversary Podcasts

A number of podcasts helped us celebrate the 30th anniversary of TidBITS by inviting publisher Adam Engst on as a guest, and the resulting conversations are well worth listening to if you enjoy reminiscing about the early days of the Macintosh world.

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ACES Conference: The Prequel Free for All Small Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner—in any industry—check out ACES Conference: The Prequel, a free virtual event aimed at helping small businesses survive COVID-19. It takes place on May 19th and 20th.

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Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro Dumps Butterfly Keyboard, Doubles Storage

Apple has announced an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro that eliminates the butterfly keyboard and doubles the standard storage. The higher-end models also feature 10th-generation Intel CPUs for faster performance.

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AirPods Pro Firmware Problems

Many early adopters of the AirPods Pro say that Apple has released firmware updates that have reduced the efficacy of the noise-cancellation algorithm. Users are allowed no control over what firmware revisions their AirPods Pro get, and Apple has yet to comment on the situation.

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Microsoft Rebrands Office 365 to “Microsoft 365”

If you start seeing references to “Microsoft 365,” don’t worry, it’s just Microsoft’s existing Office 365 plans with a new name that better reflects how the bundled apps and services go beyond the traditional Office suite.

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Six Lessons Learned from Dealing with an iMac’s Dead SSD

After working through the failure of his iMac’s SSD, Adam Engst shares the lessons he learned with regard to backing up, restoring, and eking out the most life from old hardware. Hint: waiting to upgrade hardware and software can make troubleshooting and recovery more difficult.

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How Many Spaces at the End of a Sentence? Microsoft Weighs In

Debate has raged for decades about how many spaces belong after the end of a sentence. Now Microsoft Word will be marking two spaces after a period as an error.

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TipBITS: Stop Getting Finder Windows in Tabs

Frustrated by having drives and folders in the Finder open in tabs instead of new windows, Adam Engst discovered that there are two preferences that control this behavior, and one is in a surprising spot.

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TidBITS Memberships Increase—Thank You!

Our membership drive last week was a success, with nearly 600 new members joining, and additional contributions from 75 current members. Thanks to everyone for the support!

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Large Size of Apple’s New Low-Cost iPhone SE Disappoints

Apple has released a new iPhone SE that reuses the iPhone 8 form factor, meaning that it’s notably larger and heavier than the model it nominally replaces. But even as an updated iPhone 8, the second-generation iPhone SE is cheap, uses Touch ID, and boasts modern specs, so it will be welcomed by those for whom iPhones have become too expensive.

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TidBITS Marks Its 30th Anniversary in a Time of Pandemic

It’s hard to celebrate during these dark days, but time trundles on, and this week is the 30th anniversary of when we started publishing TidBITS, way back in 1990. Adam Engst shares some thoughts on the milestone.