Thoughts on the MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

My thoughts on the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) and some of the controversies surrounding it:

Thunderbolt Ports
With the ability to connect more than one device to any one port (with a dock or adapter), four ports (15-inch model) and adapters available to give backward compatibility to pretty much any recent devices, the MacBook Pro provides plenty of expandability for the present, and a bit of futureproofing, since the ports included are the fastest available at the moment. There will be a "dongle tax" to keep the legacy gear connected, but I like the idea of being able to configure the MacBook Pro to what I need, and not waste space on ports that I don't.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 and Personal Liability

I'm amazed at the number of people who are planning to continue using their Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones in spite of the recall.

You have the opportunity to turn in the phone during the recall at no cost. In some cases, you can even get $100 for exchanging the phone. No matter how much you like the phone, why would you endanger your personal assets, physical and financial?

Maybe nothing will happen. Maybe you're OK with the possibility of burning down your house or car. Of injuring yourself or your family. That's your call

What happens, though, if your decision affects others? If something happens when you are in a restaurant or a hotel?

If you make that choice, and something does go wrong, your name will be right up there beside Samsung's on the lawsuit, and you won't have any defenses. It will be your personal assets that will be potentially on the line. Is your retirement fund, your life savings, or your home worth the risk?

Whether you decide on an iPhone, a different Android phone, or even a new Samsung phone, protect yourself, and others, by getting rid of your Note7.

 

Special, Limited Time Offer From Drobo

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Drobo has graciously offered a special discount on two of their models:

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