Science, Technology, Internet

Really cool stuff

More suited for studio filming than movie-set filming, but I can’t wait to see what people do with this:

The camera is not moving here, folks. It films 360° at all times. Move the POV live with your phone or in post.

It’s a great time to be alive.


So cool. Again, I can’t wait to hear what people do with this. Some student is going to save their money and get one of these and make some really cool music.


Into Apple Before It Was Cool

Click through the photo album above.

I jokingly refer to these items and experiences as part of my “Apple Cred”.

The photo of me with magazines was taken on April 25, 2015. The Apple baseball cap in that photo I bought in 2000 at Apple’s world headquarters in Cupertino. They used to have a gift shop at the headquarters and anyone could walk into the lobby and/or gift shop.

The other photos in the slideshow were taken in 2000 during a road trip with my wife. We stopped at Apple’s world headquarters. (My wife was not as excited as I was about that stop.) Note the six-color Apple logos.

We also stopped at MacAddict’s office. (Again, my wife did not understand that stop.)

The photos wherein we frolic with friends on top of the Golden Gate bridge are from that same trip. I included them just because they are pretty cool. It was a great trip.

My collection of MacAddict magazines:

  • all of ’96 with all disks
  • (During a move, I threw away all of ’97.)
  • all of ’98 with all disks
  • all of ’99 with all disks
  • all of ’00 with all disks
  • Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr of ’01 with one disk
  • Dec of ’04
  • Jan, Feb of ’05
  • (Starting in 2006, I took a bunch of the 2001, 2004, 2005 issues to school for students to cut up.)

Adobe Magazine (quarterly… back when you could publish a tech magazine quarterly and not miss much. Also, when tech published magazines) I don’t know why I’ve kept these.

  • Spring, Summer, Autumn of ’98
  • Spring, Winter of ’99

I sold my Apple playing cards:

Apple playing cardsI won a deck of Apple playing cards at the Portland, Oregon unveiling of the 20th-Anniversary Mac in 1997. For reasons I still do not understand, I sold the deck in 2012. (Photos here are not mine.)


Not pictured, The Macs I have owned:

  1. Macintosh LC III that I loved loved loved. My grandma and mom bought it for me upon my graduation from college in 1994. It cost around $2600. It was more than they could afford and I have always been humbled and grateful. It became the basis for all the Macs I have owned because I have always sold my current Mac to buy my next one, and they have always keep their value. I even made $10 on one after using it for six months.
  2. Performa 6300. I loaded BeOS on this.
  3. Bondi Blue iMac G3
  4. 14″ Powerbook G3
  5. 15 Apple Mac Pluses (with the signatures stamped inside). In 2001, they were sitting in storage at Willamette University, so I asked if I could have them. Willamette’s IT folks said yes. I worked on them for weeks and once they were all purring, I gave them to a private school in Aloha Oregon. I really wish I would have kept one. I still love System 7.
  6. 12″ Powerbook G4
  7. 13″ Macbook Core Duo
  8. Mac Mini Core 2 Duo
  9. 13″ Macbook Pro (2011) – current
  10. 11″ Macbook Air (2012) – current





My Thoughts On The Apple Watch

It is easy, even reasonable, to say that the Apple Watch has no clear purpose;

to say that The Watch is “the answer to a question no one asked” or some such statement.

But does it have to be revolutionary? Can’t it just be evolutionary? Can’t it just be another quality Apple product?

I think the Apple Watch is unlike any of Apple’s “revolutionary” products. Instead, it is like the Mac Pro: different in appearance, design, and price(!) than the competition, but not revolutionary. Maybe it is simply in-stride with the fledgling smart-watch field. And maybe all smart-watches are still just a stumble forward from regular, time-tested watches. (Pun kinda intended.)

Here are the revolutionary products since Steve’s return and how apparent their impact was:

The iMac was introduced in 1998, and we could see why it existed and how disruptive it was. We could see that it was…

  • a whole new vision of a computer.
  • easier to use.
  • easier to carry.
  • easier on the pocketbook (than other Macs of that time).
  • a big step forward for personal computers.
  • carefully, intentionally designed.

The iPod + iTunes was introduced in 2001, and we could immediately see that it was…

  • a entirely new vision of a music player.
  • a revolutionary way to buy music.
  • infinitely more convenient.
  • easier to use.
  • a giant leap forward.
  • carefully, intentionally designed.

The iPhone was announced in 2007, and we could immediately see that this was…

  • a “smart phone” that was truly, very smart
  • a colossal leap forward. It, with the internet, propelled us into the future in which we now live.
  • easy to use.
  • powerful.
  • carefully, intentionally designed.

(At the iPhone’s announcement, I remember journalists messaging just the word “iPhone”. No analysis or explanation needed.)

When the iPad was announced in 2010… well, we all saw that coming. And it was just what we imagined it would be. Not revolutionary, but evolutionary.

And, of course, these giant, surprising leaps forward have always been Apple’s legacy. It is an impossible achievement how often Apple has changed their industry or the world.

But the Watch…

The consensus of those who have used one, and the thinking of a reasonable person, seems to be:

  • It is nice to look at.
  • The materials are luxurious.
  • The design and craftsmanship are what we expect from Apple.
  • Within pop culture, it is already more of a status symbol than a useful product. What does that say?
  • How often will these get stolen?
  • What might keep it from becoming obsolete? Because if that cannot be at least slowed, than the watch simply makes very little sense.
  • Do I want to glance at my wrist that often during a day?
  • How useful will a screen that size be to me?
  • Could this be the future?
  • Or will it remain a niche product? It certainly is priced as such.

Read what I wrote three weeks ago about the Watch.