Celebrating 25 Years of Dr. Mac’s New Years Chricles

Dr. Mac’s Rants; raves
Episode # 365

It will be my 25e column celebrating a new year, so I went through the archives and discovered that the majority of my New Year’s missives belged to two categories: forecasts and forecasts or New Year’s resolutis.

In my very first New Years sg, in December 1996, I tried to predict the future (and I got it right):

The Internet will become much better integrated with Mac OS and Mac applicatis from major providers such as Microsoft, Adobe and Claris. The use of the Internet will become more and more transparent for the user; remote sites will appear as extensis of your local network. Many people who never thought of having a home page will create their own home page. And more people than you might think will cnect at speeds of 33.6K or more.

There is no doubt that all of the above has been accomplished in abundance. Microsoft, Adobe and Claris (who changed their name to FileMaker, Inc. in 1998, and then changed it to its original nickname – Claris – last year) are all heavily invested in cloud computing and SAAS (Software as a Service); remote sites like FaceBook, Google, Twitter and others are indeed extensis of your network (still active) today; and, of course, cnecti speeds today reach 1000 Mbps (megabits per secd), several orders of magnitude faster than the 1996 pokey 33.6 K (kilobits per secd).

Unfortunately, I didn’t always get it right. For example, this predicti for 2013 was ly half correct:

Despite rumors to the ctrary, Apple will not enter the televisi industry and will not introduce Apple-brand flat-screen TVs. I would rather expect to see a more powerful versi of the Apple TV at $ 99, with new ctent providers and better synergy with decoders and DVRs.

So even though I was right in predicting that Apple would not be producing flat screen TVs and that Apple TV is arguably more powerful today, I completely missed the boat when I predicted that Apple would not not get into the televisi business.

For what it’s worth, I hereby predict that Apple will win at least e Emmy Award for its original programming in a year or two.

Finally, my secd New Years column (and many subsequent New Years columns) focused the resoluti to properly save your precious data in the New Year. For example, here are the tips from 1998:

I recommend that you decide to back up daily and keep three backup sets, with at least e of them stored away from the computer, in another building, or in a safe. That way, even if your desktop is destroyed by fire or flood or stolen, you can still restore everything except your most recent work from the offsite backup. If this is overkill for you, even two sets, with e stored off-site, are better than e.

Interestingly, 22 years later, I still recommend the same.

Please resolve to back up properly (if you d’t already) and have a fabulous, prosperous and happy 2020!

And that’s all he wrote …

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