Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Developers and creative pros are blasting Apple’s new MacBook Pro

Reminder: The current Mac Pro page brags about the performance with Aperture, a program that Apple retired 2+ years ago

The 2016 MacBook Pro ships with RAM and processor specs that are nearly identical to the 2010 model. Deja vu?
RAM:
At least it feels like that, because the MacBook Pro has had options of up to 16 GB of RAM since 2010. The only difference now is that you pay for the update.
Processors:
The MacBook Pro had options with 2.4 gigahertz dual-core processors back in 2010. Anything new in 2016? Not really, well… nope.

Blake Lowry of Pixel Rants notes:
Now Microsoft showed off it’s new computing device, precisely aimed at artists, designers, and photographers. Their new Surface Studio is the holy grail for for creatives, like myself. I’ve long wanted a computer to completely replace a drafting or drawing table. The Surface Studio is a no compromise machine for people that are setting out to create things. From it’s massive 28″ touch screen, low angle adjustment. palm rejection, high color output, over 4k screen, and insane specs, it’s gives you everything a creative wants. Oh, not to forget about the cool input the Dial allows.
The new MacBook Pro, by contrast, looks to be targeting consumers and prosumers as opposed to full-on professionals. I can’t think of an excuse an artist would make to choose a MacBook Pro over a Surface Studio, well except price and portability, and even then there’s a really good argument to be made about the new Surface Book. But we’re talking about no-compromise tools for professionals. I envision art departments with rows of the Studio. Just walk up to it like a drawing table and get busy. It’s a remarkable time to be a creative.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Smirk/Irony Story: Tim Cook CEO of Apple gets grief for blurry Super Bowl photo


Tim Cook CEO of Apple gets grief for blurry Super Bowl photo

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/08/tim-cook-blurry-photo/80002162/





Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thinking About Physical Media in This Digital Age - Thurrott.com

Good article.



I still have my boxes and boxes, shelves and shelves of physical media. What about you? How far you have transitioned into the digital online world?





Thinking About Physical Media in This Digital Age - Thurrott.com:


Monday, February 1, 2016

Thoughts on a visit to an Apple Store and a Microsoft Store

Preface: I’m a Microsoft guy.

My experience this past Saturday: Went to the Microsoft Store at the Somerset Mall – Troy, MI.  Went to the Apple Store. Very different atmospheres. One is like a rock concert(Apple) and the other is like walking into K-Mart(MSFT).  Spent hands on time with the SP4 and Surface Book.  It would take time for me to get use to the Surface Book Laptop. It's literally a heavy cold piece of metal.  Very sturdy and cool. But it's very different.  It's more of a just a block of steel than even a MacBook Pro.  I don't think I could shell out $2K for it compared to the Dell Latitude I just bought. It is a very high end machine. No doubt, and it is totally aimed at the high end MacBooks in the same price range... and the Lenovo X1 laptop too for example. and MSFT knows it's aiming for a niche market with this... no doubt about that.   And that's all it'll be too and again MSFT knows it. Now the SP4... sad... 2 of the display models were fracked up and non-responsive. I re booted one, still was fracked.  Not good. I found one that was running.  Played with it for about 10 minutes. Again, I'd have to get use to the smaller overall size.  If I traveled and moved around a lot, 100%.  But still.... for the $1,800 price tag... I still think a conventional laptop is more ... trying to think of the word...useable...

I want to call today and speak with the manager at the Microsoft store. It was a wreck in my opinion. I mean messy the display models were crooked for example sitting round, the one fat guy who talked me just mentioned "Those Surface Books are nice. one day I’ll have one" and then he just walked away. Sure I said I'm just looking... but still.  you’re a salesman and just walk away from me while I look at a $2,000 machine?  You walk into the Apple store 180-degree difference.

I will add as the day continues on my thoughts of this. Much more to add...

Update:
The Manager of the store and I have spoke.  Good conversation.....

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Armed Citizens Can Prevent Another San Bernardino

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California: San Bernardino Supervisor: Armed Citizens Can Prevent Another Terror Attack - trib.al/y1iY4NT #NRA (via @breitbartnews)