WWDC - still reeling in the years

We used to complain that WWDC keynotes had become victims of a successful formula - Tim’s opening with a stock market inspiring message about innovation and retail sales, some new products, vast majority of time to iOS along with a light mention of OS X (I’m still challenged by calling it MacOS). Thankfully 2019 was vastly different than recent experience.

As an Apple fan from the midwest these keynotes were something of an event for us. We would gather together 10 or more of us at a local restaurant with wi-fi for lunch, order our food, and get ready for the 12 PM CT broadcast. We would have multiple tables full of people watching a live blog of the event, this was pre-live video stream by Apple. Some would read twitter feeds while others did both. Throughout it all was deep passion and excitement for what was shared.

When Steve’s journey ended I admit that these events felt different. I vividly remember the Fall 2011 event and Steve’s absence where we later found out that the team was well aware of Steve’s health status. Having visited Apple’s campus and heard of the depth of Steve’s impact on Apple’s spirit I believe there was a years-long impact that continues to ripple out on these events.

This past June 3, 2019 event felt different, more alive, more proud than any event in recent memory. I saw a team running at full speed, executing at a high level, and revealing a masive amount of transformational technology that I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Will hold off on commenting on the individual reveals and only say that I was very, very proud to watch the hard work of so many awesome people be received so positively and know that I’ll have lots of awesomeness coming my way.

More soon!

MacWorld did a great job of summarizing everything from the keynote as it was released.

Stops and Starts

Attempting to maintain a web presence with a family, church responsibilities and a stressful full-time job is intersting. Nevertheless I’ve excited about the possibilities to learn from others and grow both as a writer and fellow human on this brief journey from cradle to grave.

For those that come across the site and stay for a while, thank you! I hope to earn a return visit from time to time.

Cue Apple - please come home

Like Rene I continue to hope that Apple will step back in to the home wi-fi market to augment the strength of the HomeKit platform. I was a proud AirPort user for many users. While I’ve enjoyed my Eero it’s led to a crisis of sorts that I’m now using an Amazon product to connect and type this.

Check out Rene’s take on this, great as always!

Teaching Twitter to play nice

Nice read. I’ve long pondered the aging nature of Twitter and it’s continual lack of new feature innovation. The challenges with threads are one example. I opened my first twitter account in May 2008 with such joy and excitement for the platform. Looking back I can see the damage it has done.

While it’s good to see them consider options I wonder how close they’ll come to addressing the true “incentives” of the platform which encourage much of the bad behavior.

Buzzfeed article

Tesla - come on, Morty, make up your mind!

in the 1979 film Meatballs there’s a scene where Bill Murray’s character says “Come on, Morty, make up your mind”. That phrase immediately popped in my head as I was reading this news. As a Tesla owner I am sincerely thankful for the vehicle and it’s engineering. It’s a joy to own and drive. However, I’m also thankful that missed out on the crapshoot that’s been the last 4 months of horrific decision making.

I also remember the scene from the movie airplane where they had Johnny a weather report and ask him what he makes of it. He then rattles off a list of things such as a “broach or a hat…”. Tesla is like that right now!

Great cars and value but let’s make up our minds and stick with it!

Tesla changes

Speaking of Apple...Disney announces Disney+

The most mysterious release at Apple’s March 25 event was Apple TV+. While the endless parade of celebrities was moderately interesting, the complete lack of details regarding this service was certainly NOT interesting. This is in stark contrast to Disney’s announcement this week of their $7 a month service.

I think there’s a virtual line around the world already queued up for this, me included.

9to5 Mac has a good summary.

Magazines in Apple News+ - how/what/where?

News+ was the first product/service announcement from the Apple March 25 event and the only one that you can try out right now. I was and am excited about this as it helps meet some of my personal goals of lowering overall monthly expenses and being a better steward of our limited resources in this world.

Apple has some work to do on the UI and overall workflow. I can only guess that trying to shoehorn the offerings from the former Texture acquisition was hairy than they expected. Let’s hope they get this ironed out over time. It’s already a great value.

Good read from Mac Rumors on how to use the Magazine capability.

How Apple Card works

After Apple’s March 25 event there has been a lot of discussion regaring every moment of the presentation. I’ll save my overall thoughts for another day. As someone who grew up in financial services and used to have a day job associated with card processing I was intrigued by the Apple Card (especially daily cash).

Here’s a good read from Tech Crunch on specifics…

How Apple Card works

Within Temptation - Live Music is still a thing

Was supposed to have been at their final tour stop in LA last week but was unable to go due to work commitments. Such a great band, consistently impressive new material, and an impressive live show.

Hey, at least I got a lot of clips from the show and knowledge that I linked up two other people that hit it off.

CoS provides an interesting, deeper look into the band.

Facebook's Wonderful Week of Fun - March 22

Continuing the saga of all that is Facebook. All kidding aside, I read this stuff and think “surely this can’t keep happening”, “surely it won't get any worse”. Hard to believe I’m still this naive.

In this week’s issue - it was revealed that Facebook stored user’s passwords in plain text for many years. Spoiler alert, this isn’t a good thing. Essentially this means that Facebook employees could know and use your own login credentials to login to your account.

In typical Facebook fashion they have admitted the issue but are stating it’s a limited set of users. This will inevitably be revised to some higher number on page 6 of a small town newspaper later this year when nobody is looking.

Krebs on Security

Garage Band vs. Logic Pro vs. Reality

As a musician of 40 years and a regular user of Logic Pro I must admit that I haven’t spent much time in Garage Band. I keep reading positive accolades like this article from Apple Insider and wonder if I should pay more attention. It’s interesting to see the word “Emagic” in an article! Flashback.

Will avoid my usual long diatribe about the death of real music. #saveforanotherday

Appleinsider article

Confession - I'm a new Robin fan

Confession - I’m new to this whole “Robin” thing. My first listen of Robin was some guest vocals she did with Röyksopp. Yes, I heard Röyksopp before I heard Robin. TC (Spacemusic.nl fame) first turned me on to Röyksopp 10+ years ago. Robin’s next appearance in my life was when the single for “Honey” came out. I was instantly hooked.

Sad to know I missed seeing this recent tour but at least we have the memories of awesome performances like this.

Double confession - I also dig Ellie Goulding.

Robin performance on Colbert - Consequence of Sound article

Tesla Introduces Model Y

Long awaited and finally here, Elon debuted the Model Y last night. I don't get the name, but why not (pun accidental but I’ll take it). My family and I have bought in on the electric vehicle way of life. This model fills a gap that was lacking and allows all of us to achieve “crossover’ status.

Great read from Sean at The Verge for more information and video.

Facebook's Wonderful Week of Fun - March 15

Each week when I make decisions about where to spend my time and what to post I become increasingly aware of the state of all things “facebook”. Maybe a weekly summary is good enough for now!

Here’s the highlights:

Facebook survived issues like this a decade ago when it was run by a group of fast moving people early in their career. We accepted those mistakes with an “awwww shucks” type of attitude. Those days are over. Facebook is a global technology powerhouse with the influence to change the course of human history.

Two words for you - wake up

The 5 greatest moments from Brett Favre's career with Packers

Great memories from Clutch Point.  I still miss Favre’s craziness!

My favorite memory from the article, “Just one day after losing his father, Irvin, Favre suited up for a “Monday Night Football” game against the Oakland Raiders. Irvin died of a heart attack the night before.

In an emotional game for the famed QB, Favre delivered one of the greatest performances of his career.”

My oldest son and I watched that game together with him yelling “Melissa Stark” every time she was on camera.  He had a crush.