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By Dan Moren

The Back Page: The third party

Software’s always been about parties. Who doesn’t like a good party? Chex mix, charades, and maybe a little bit of punch—a good time will be had by all.

But let’s talk about the two major parties—well, not those two parties—the first party and the third party. (What happened to the second party? No one knows: it has been lost to time, shrouded in mystery, and legend has it only a very few will ever be able to find the eternal party which never sleeps. And which, once found, you can never leave!)1

As I took a stroll through my MacBook’s Applications folder the other day, it got me thinking about first-party and third-party software. One of my favorite aspects of computing is discovering new software; that’s long been part of my job, too. But in recent years I’ve found that on the Mac the number of prominent new third-party apps has dwindled.…

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