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George Jedenoff: A 101-year-old TidBITS Reader

We’ve known since the beginning that TidBITS readers are an unusual and fascinating group, but George Jedenoff stands out. As an infant, he escaped the Russian Revolution with his parents, and after picking up a Stanford MBA and serving with the US Navy Reserve during World War II, he worked his way through the ranks of the steel industry, retiring as president of Kaiser Steel. And that was all before Apple even existed—he started with the Mac in 1987.

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How Rogue YouTube Employees Killed Internet Explorer 6

Early YouTube employee Chris Zacharias has shared the story of how he and a rogue team of developers bypassed Google’s bureaucracy to put a stake through the heart of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 Web browser.

Adam Engst 18 comments

TidBITS Marks Its 29th Anniversary… and Earth Day!

We held off on celebrating our 29th anniversary for a few days so we could publish this article to coincide with Earth Day. In honor of that, we’re calculating just how many trees we’ve saved over the past 29 years by publishing solely online, rather than in print. Yes, it’s silly. And there’s a picture of cheese!

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Apple Announces Apple Arcade Gaming Service

Apple has announced a new gaming service called Apple Arcade, but it won't be available until fall 2019, and the company provided few firm details.

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“Can’t Unsee” Tests Your Eye for iOS Interface Details

It’s obvious when an iOS app gets interface elements glaringly wrong. But can you tell when the errors are more subtle? The Can’t Unsee Web game asks you to choose which of two iOS-style screenshots doesn’t have a mistake.

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25 Years Ago in TidBITS: RAM Doubler Debuts

Were you at Macworld Expo San Francisco in 1994, when Connectix unveiled the magical utility RAM Doubler, which did exactly as its name promised? Read on for a trip down memory lane, and be sure to share your stories of that time in the comments.

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Bare Bones Software Marks BBEdit’s 25th Anniversary

Bare Bones Software is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the commercial release of its BBEdit text editor with a new merchandise store that offers a limited-edition rebus T-shirt, a reissue of the classic “It Doesn’t Suck” T-shirt, and other BBEdit-themed garments.

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Command Control Power Podcast Gets a Hilarious Jonathan Mann Theme Song

The hosts of the Command Control Power podcast for Apple consultants have commissioned a theme song from songwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Mann—anyone who has ever answered tech support questions will particularly appreciate its sly humor.

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How to Create Mojave’s True Dynamic Desktops with GraphicConverter

Want to create your own Mojave-style dynamic desktops? All you need is 16 appropriate images and GraphicConverter 10.6.5 running in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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Can You Distinguish Helvetica from Arial?

If you’re a font geek, or just want to challenge your powers of observation, check out David Friedman’s online quiz that asks you to identify which of two nearly identical logos is in Helvetica, as opposed to Arial.

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Use Movies Anywhere to Take Advantage of Bargains

If you've been buying movies from iTunes so you can play them on your Apple devices, you may be paying more than necessary. With the Movies Anywhere service, you can shop around and buy from the digital retailer with the best price.

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Travel Back in Time with Stephen Hackett’s Aqua Screenshot Library

Ever wonder how much the Mac’s user interface has changed over time? Thanks to Stephen Hackett’s extensive collection of screenshots in each of the 15 versions of the Mac operating system, we can all trace the transition from Pin Stripes to Brushed Metal and relive the skeuomorphic excess of Rich Corinthian Leather.

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“Small Fry” Offers the Opportunity to Think Differently about Steve Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Steve Jobs’s firstborn daughter, who he long denied and rejected before finally acknowledging, has written a memoir of her life and memories of her famous father. It’s a story that hasn’t yet been told, and it remains to be seen how it will affect the collective opinion of Steve Jobs.

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What Goes Into a Major Conference Keynote Demo

When you watch a product demo during the keynote of a conference like WWDC, the presenter may make it seem effortless, but Adobe’s Khoi Vinh reveals that good demos require months of preparation.

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Reminiscing about the Early Mac’s Interface

Are contemporary computing interfaces making us crazy? Fast Company's Mark Wilson finds inner peace in the interface of the Mac operating system circa 1991.