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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

Moving Forwards by Moving Back

Marco Arment responds to his own "Functional High Ground" article from the start of the year:

The entire decline of software quality that I felt in January wasn’t all due to a single buggy network-lookup service — but, unbeknownst to me at the time, a lot of it was. And that huge swath of problems that annoyed me every day disappeared instantly and completely as soon as I updated every computer on the network to 10.10.4.

It sounds like discoveryd was nowhere near ready for prime time last year for OS X Yosemite, but Apple shipped it for some reason. They've completely reverted to the older nDNSResponder, and they're sticking with it in this year's major release, El Capitan as well.

I don't know nearly enough about network tech to tell you why nDNSResponder is better than discoveryd, but it is a good reminder that sometimes it's better to stick with what's old and boring, and works, over something that's new and shiny.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.