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  1. Dear Johnny Winter:

    You’re a professional writer, correct? Words–and their correct usage–are the brick and mortar of your chosen career, right?

    Then, for Gawd’s sakes, how can you screw up “its” and ‘it’s” in the opening sentence of your article? How complex a concept is represented in these two simple words? I acknowledge that most of humanity cannot distinguish between the two, given the current state of public education here and around the world,** but a mistake of this order from a professional scribe is unforgivable. Grow up and LEARN!

    [Sorry for the Grammar-Nazism. Reached my breaking point here.]

    ** Notice the spelling of “customized” above? This guy is, apparently, British . . . from whom I USED to expect much higher communication skills.

      1. He didn’t leave it out; he purposely put it in, out of ignorance. Leaving out gives room for an inadvertent error; putting it in where it shouldn’t be shows lack of basic language skills. English is not my mother tongue (didn’t learn it until my teens), but I cringe at these types of errors, especially when they come from native speakers, even more so when they write for a living.

        1. Learning English as a second language gives you a distinct advantage when it comes to grammar and spelling, especially when it comes to homonymns.

          Native English speakers learned to SPEAK long before they learned to spell and write. Sometimes we had to unlearn grammar and word patterns that our brain burnt in. It’s a habitual thing.

          Non-native English speakers usually have a BETTER grasp of certain elements of the grammar as they usually learn the mechanics of the language at the same time as the spoken language.

          Additionally, they have a better grasp of how languages in general work as knowing two or more languages further abstracts “language fundamentals” from that of the specific language. Or put another way, all the things that the languages have in common are divorced from the language itself.

          So, don’t be too hard on native English speakers. Just because we didn’t have to try to learn English, doesn’t mean we’re stupid.

  2. What smarty little _unt…… “Whilst the text is scrollable, up and down, the default behaviour of OS X is to hide visual indicators such as scrollbars. This is what happens when you let hipsters loose on a user interface; all the lessons of usability, over the years, are lost for the sake of an aesthetic.”

    Just for you Smarmy….Go to Apple Logo…..click on SYSTEM PREFRENCES……click on GENERAL….under scroll bars, click ALWAYS.

  3. I would rather see Apple make some security for the Macbook Pro as they did for the iOS or something that works, like take a picture of people trying to access your account and send automatically by email to the owner with the GPS coordinates.

  4. For many years now, I have had a desktop background with my contact info on it. Simple to bypass? Sure, but anything you do can be. It won’t stop a thief, but makes it easy for an honest person to get back with you. 🙂

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