Livin’ in the Dark (Mode)

Computer and stuff
  So, as I said in my previous post, one of the most exciting new feature of macOS Mojave is the dark mode. I also said that my initial impression of this dark mode was less than I had expected. I decided to revert to the original light mode for a while, but then decided to bite the bullet and switched back to dark mode. I've been living with the dark mode for some time now, and... I'm beginning to get used to it, I guess. It's not all that bad, but it's not really that spectacular either. My main problem remains the fact that support for this dark mode is not yet complete. Some apps "ignore" dark mode, particularly those third party apps from smaller developers. Sometimes it's a…
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macOS Mojave

Computer and stuff
Against my better judgment (i.e., I don't usually rush and install dot zero releases of macOS), I went ahead and finally succeeded in downloading the installer a couple of days ago (my earlier attempts to download the installer failed miserably, probably due to the fact that everyone is trying to download the release). What attracted me most in this release is simple: dark mode. Now that I finally installed the update, am I satisfied with it? Just as with most things in life, the answer to the question is a big, bold "It depends." The highly touted dark mode is actually a meh for me. I don't know, perhaps it's due to the fact that support for the feature is not yet universally applied in apps. I also feel that…
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Pocophone F1: The Flagship Killer Killer?

Computer and stuff
The Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi. Touted as the "Flagship Killer" Killer, this phone (also known as Poco F1 in some markets) sports an amazing Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM. Such set up is usually found only on premium smartphones. Yet, it is priced so aggressively it almost makes no sense (starting price is under 300 USD for the base model). Is it really good? I've been using the phone for less than a week and for my purposes, the phone rocks... for the price. The build quality is not on par with premium phones (it's neither metal or glass but polycarbonate), yet it feels good in the hand. There's no creaks or plasticky feel to it, although the volume buttons has a bit of play in them. The…
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APFS: Where has all the space come from?

Computer and stuff
A quick note on my experiences on the first 24 hours with High Sierra. The installation notes provided by Apple seem to indicate that installing High Sierra will consume a bit more space (some 1-odd gigs) compared to that of Sierra. I have also read, however, that some have actually gain some space by converting their drives to APFS. Optimizations (particularly that of Mail storage) seem to be the main reason of this. In my case, I actually gained some 20 GB of space! I still need to see where this gain come from, though. Is my mailbox such a space hog all this time? In any case, any freed hard disk real estate is always welcome. Stay tuned.
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macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Computer and stuff
As most of you know, the macOS High Sierra has been out for quite some time now. I delayed upgrading to the latest and shiniest offering for two reasons. First, I don't want to get caught in the download frenzy that will make the process painfully slow. Second, I'd like to see how other people's experience with this release looks like before plunging in. Another minor reason is the fact that my Mac is rather old (Macbook Pro 2012) and therefore will not benefit from all the latest new features of the OS. Now that Apple has released the dot one version, however, I decide to bite the bullet and install the thing. One of the most touted new feature of High Sierra is the APFS. This new file system…
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