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Randy Spydell-2
I seek advice on how to best search for the most reliable recommendations for software or hardware moving ahead. For instance, in 2018, is it best to to just use DuckDuckGo to search for "best RSS reader for macOS"?  Or, where/how do I find the latest (most reliable) updated recommendations on whether macOS 10.13.x is now ready for the conservative among us who have delayed upgrading? and what are the remaining issues?

The net is filled with sites and I have long (decades) watched the traffic on TidBITS for sound advice. Is that still the best choice? or is there a recommendation from this crowd about how a half dozen sites or so (and which ones) should be reviewed before making a personal choice?

Yearning for the Mac OS update to v 10.6.9 (Snow Leopard for 2018!),
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Re: advice on recommendations - 2018

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On 24 Mar 2018, at 11:15, Randy Spydell <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I seek advice on how to best search for the most reliable recommendations for software or hardware moving ahead. For instance, in 2018, is it best to to just use DuckDuckGo to search for "best RSS reader for macOS”?

I find that DDG is simply not a good search engine. I tried using it for several months, but it is just not up to snuff. At all. It reminds me of using Yahoo 20 years ago, only not as good. The odds that what I want is on the first or second link on Google is better than 95%, and probably “five nines” on the first page. The chances that what I want comes up *at all* on DDG is maybe 70-80%, and it’s not in the top 2 links most of the time.

As for software recommendations, I find that podcasts are where I get most recommendations. I especially like the various shows that Mac Power Users have done on various “best of” “Must have” or other sorts of lists. The people at iMore are good for recommendations as well.

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> The net is filled with sites and I have long (decades) watched the traffic on TidBITS for sound advice.

TidBITS is good for the things it covers, but it covers less of this sort of thing than many other sites. Asking on the mailing list is usually productive.

> Yearning for the Mac OS update to v 10.6.9 (Snow Leopard for 2018!),

There is not a single thing that I miss about 10.6 or 10.7. As far as I am concern the decade since Leopard has been a steady climb in quality with very few missteps.

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Re: advice on recommendations - 2018

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On Mar 24, 2018, at 10:15 AM, Randy Spydell wrote:

> I seek advice on how to best search for the most reliable recommendations for software or hardware moving ahead. For instance, in 2018, is it best to to just use DuckDuckGo to search for "best RSS reader for macOS"?  

DuckDuckGo isn't a good search engine.

If you want the search power of Google without all the security problems check out:

StartPage
https://www.ixquick.com/

They send your search query to Google, but they strip out all information that would identify you in any way.  So, you get better results than DuckDuckGo, but the same level of privacy/security.


> Or, where/how do I find the latest (most reliable) updated recommendations on whether macOS 10.13.x is now ready for the conservative among us who have delayed upgrading? and what are the remaining issues?

You get that best Mac info on a good, large, Macintosh e-mail discussion list that is populated with a lot of gurus, consultants, Unix geeks, etc. in addition to a lot of ordinary users., and which, unlike TidBits, isn't limited to the latest topics, but rather is into general discussion and which allows you to ask help questions.   Try this one:

Mac-L
http://www.listmoms.net/mac-l/index.html


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> The net is filled with sites and I have long (decades) watched the traffic on TidBITS for sound advice. Is that still the best choice? or is there a recommendation from this crowd about how a half dozen sites or so (and which ones) should be reviewed before making a personal choice?

As with anything that might be important to you, there is no substitute for doing your homework.  That might take a significant amount of time and effort.  I don't know that there has ever been ONE SOURCE that you could trust implicitly.

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> Yearning for the Mac OS update to v 10.6.9 (Snow Leopard for 2018!),

More recent versions of the macOS are faster, have much better memory handling, more features (especially for working with i-devices), are very stable, require less fettling,  etc.  The only thing that most folks might really miss from Snow Leopard is Rosetta, and by now you should have been able to come up with adequate replacements for your PowerPC software.  (Yes...I know...blah blah blah Eudora and AppleWorks.  It's well past time to get over it.)

I think that the old advice that you should always wait until *at least* the point-two version of a major new version of the macOS before upgrading is still excellent.  Other good advice is to have at least one and maybe two backups of your data before upgrading.  Having a clone to switch to is particularly convenient if the worst happens.  And if you have the luxury of having multiple Macs or multiple external hard drives it doesn't hurt to dedicate one to testing the new OS before moving it to your production Mac/drive.

That said, I haven't had a major issue with a new version of the macOS since many years ago when a new version of OS X interacted badly with a particular brand of external hard drive and caused massive data loss.  The worst modern problem I've seen is Apple not implementing all of the PDF kit.

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