- Apple TV — Goddamned right I’m getting this and you should too. Finally fixes everything I didn’t like about Apple TV and then does one better. I’ve been looking at the nVidia Shield entertainment and gaming platform and I’d much rather use this instead. Plus, you know there will finally be a proper Plex app for Apple TV so that’s shut-up-and-take-my-money territory.
- iPad Pro — Solid DO WANT rating but only in 128GB flavor. Would negate my use of a laptop entirely since RemoteApp, Citrix, and VNC let me use all the workstations remotely. It’s too cramped on the Mini. Possible compromise of new iPad Air, but the Pro is just so great it’s hard to not look hard at it. Most of my photo editing will likely still live in Lightroom because I love my presets and work with them so easily. Can still do so because I use OSCTouch to transform my iPad into a MIDI controller that can operate Lightroom sliders and then I use Astropad as a touch surface for brushing to my desktop, so the synergy is very much there anyway. And now with a display of that size I could get most of Lightroom 6 into my hands on the iPad via Astropad? Hellooooooooooh?
- Apple Watch — I still want one, mainly for monitoring and passive health tracking because I know that’s the only way I’ll track my wellness effectively. I feel like a lot of the integrations are somewhat gimmicky but that is never a barrier to me wanting something.
- iPhone 6something — I like my phone a lot. I bought a bigger storage iPhone 6 and so I’m not annoyed by it right now. Not yet.
Steve felt that most people live in a small box. They think they can’t influence or change things a lot. I think he would probably call that a limited life. And more than anybody I’ve ever met, Steve never accepted that.
He got each of us [his top executives] to reject that philosophy. If you can do that, then you can change things. If you embrace that the things that you can do are limitless, you can put your ding in the universe. You can change the world. — Tim Cook
I recently acquired a vintage Apple 30″ Cinema Display, which is a wonder! Requires dual link DVI or DisplayPort, but it’s glorious.
I purchased it at a Surplus event on Campus, which usually means I’m not early enough to pick much of anything because I didn’t roll in from Tornado Alley at 6am to wait in line for three hours, so I was delighted to see two of them up on a shelf at the register waiting for me. Works! Tested! With Power Adapter!
Macs I Have Known and Loved
The 30th anniversary of the Mac has reminded me of all the delightful Macs I’ve known and loved over the years. Some of them were better than others but each of them stands out in their own way.
- Mac 512KE 1 that had been upgraded with a Mac Plus ROM and 2.5MB of RAM and the addition of external SCSI. Still with an 800KB floppy drive, though.
- Quadra 630 2
- Power Mac 6100
- PowerBook Duo 280c
- Power Mac 7500
- Power Mac G3 (Beige desktop)
- Power Mac 9500 180MP baller workstation that ran BeOS and Mac OS 9
- PowerBook G3 Wallstreet
- PowerMac G3 Blue & White
- PowerBook G3 Lombard 3
- PowerMac G4 Yikes
- PowerMac G4 Sawtooth
- PowerMac G4 SnakeBite Dual G4
- iBook Dual USB
- PowerBook G4 Ti
- iMac DV SE
- PowerBook G4 12″
- PowerMac G5 Omega dual 1.8GHz
- iMac 17″ iMac4,1
- MacBook Black
- MacBook Pro 2,1 or 2,2
- iMac 24″ 2
- MacBook Air2
- MacBook Air 11″ core 2 duo
- MacBook Air 13″ core 2 duo 2
- Retina MacBook Pro 15″ 2
In the racks of fine datacenters:
These are self-built systems built for OS X but aren’t Macs. They’re fickle and bitchy like a Blue & White G3.
- Hacintosh 1 — core 2 quad 9550
- Hacintosh 2 1. core i7 2600k 2
Apple’s Thirty Years of Mac site has a delightful interactive timeline and user stories. With a design and performance heritage that rivals some car companies (think Audi, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, VW) there is surely a Mac for every user as time goes on.
Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?