Apple to stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe

Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop:

Apple on Thursday confirmed news that it would stop selling the current model of the Mac Pro in the EU on March 1, 2013.

“Due to evolving regulatory requirements, Apple will stop selling Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries on March 1, 2013,” an Apple representative told The Loop. “After that date, resellers can sell existing inventory but Apple will no longer ship Mac Pro in those countries.”

Macworld UK reports the exact reason why:

According to Apple, the new requirements necessitate fan guards and some increased protection on the ports on the electrical system.

Wow, that’s big news. This is another nail in the coffin of the Mac Pro that we know and love. After all, Apple has promised something this year with regards to a professional Mac. Some folks are nervous but there just isn’t any point making substantial design revisions on something that’s end-of-life when it’s likely to be radically overhauled.

Everything Everywhere reduce 4G pricing

BBC News:

EE has cut the prices of its 4G services as it positions itself against competitors set to launch rival services.

It is now offering a basic 4G service for £31 a month and a “super-user” service offering 20GB of data for £46 a month.

That’s the second change to their data caps and/or pricing in as many months. I wonder why they’re making change after change to their tariffs…

The spectrum auction that will allow other operators to also offer faster 4G services starts this month.

Yep, that’ll be why.

If Carpenters Were Hired Like Programmers

Interviewer: First of all, we’re working in a subdivision building a lot of brown houses. Have you built a lot of brown houses before?

Carpenter: Well, I’m a carpenter, so I build houses, and people pretty much paint them the way they want.

Interviewer: Yes, I understand that, but can you give me an idea of how much experience you have with brown? Roughly.

Carpenter: Gosh, I really don’t know. Once they’re built I don’t care what color they get painted. Maybe six months?

Spot on.

How to Set Up and Use FileVault 2

MacTuts+:

There are a number of different ways to keep unwanted people out of your Mac as well as your files encrypted. In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing the king of Mac encryption, FileVault 2.

If you’re interested in using FileVault 2 but the original FileVault put you off, I’ve got a new article over at MacTuts+ that explains the key differences and shows you how to set up and use the latest data encryption method in OS X.

Sticky Navigation Top Bar in Foundation 3

I recently contributed some code to the Foundation responsive framework project on GitHub and am very proud that the code has made the master branch!

The functionality I wrote turns the standard Top Bar into a sticky navigation menu that will become fixed once the page scrolls to it’s position, just by adding the class .fixed. The class is removed when the page scrolls back up above it’s position too.

As for 3.2.4 (released today) the changelog reads:

Added functionality to create a stick top bar that enables it to be down the page in the markup and stick when it hits the browser edge.

What’s more, head on over to the Foundation’s documentation page:

Sticky Top Bar

As of 3.2.4, you can wrap you topbar in <div class="contain-to-grid sticky"> and put it anywhere within your markup. When the navigation hits the top of the browser, it will act like the fixed top bar and stick to the top as users continue to scroll.

3 Ways to Bring Back Web Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion

Mactuts+:

With the introduction of OS X Mountain Lion, a feature that didn’t make the cut was Web Sharing. It may not have been widely used but for developers it served as a quick way to host a website. Let’s take a look at three different ways to bring this feature back.

Today on at MacTuts+ I discuss three very different options for resurrecting Web Sharing in Mountain Lion.

UK still has 13,000 black-and-white TVs

BBC News:

More than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black-and-white television sets, according to the TV Licensing authority.

London had the highest number of monochrome licences, at 2,715, followed by Birmingham and Manchester, it said.

The number of licences issued each year has dwindled from 212,000 in 2000. A total of 13,202 monochrome licences were in force at the start of 2013.

It’s £49 for a B&W licence and £145.50 for a colour licence. I bet at least a quarter of this number are fraudulent and a further quarter are for people who already have a colour licence but just forgot. Even if that’s the case, that’s a hell of a lot of B&W televisions still in use.

If you’re unfamiliar with the TV licence, it’s essentially a tax to fund the BBC that is paid for by anyone who owns a TV (or even device) that can receive television broadcasts[^1]. The Beeb is a public service broadcasting station and instead of ads, it’s primary income is from the TV licence.[^1]: Even if you don’t have a TV but use BBC’s iPlayer service on your iPhone, you have to buy a TV licence.