So it’s been a while! Over a year. Lots have happened.
We now have dogs, two Labrador puppies (well not so much now)
The kids are grown or growing up fast. This year they will be 21 and 16.
Goodness I feel ancient.
I am still at the same company and at long last we have a studio again with lots of toys, I wish we had been allowed more of a hand in the process but it’s a start.
My long suffering friend Ian has recently been put out of his misery and relieved of his job in the latest round of rationalisations. Not cool.
So that’s a very quick status check.
I have no excuse for not blogging other than the fact that I am a lazy toad so i’ll shall endeavour to write regularly again.
Old timer IT people like me will love this: http://www.therestartpage.com/
Well another year is upon us, 2012 – a year of great portent, the Olympics, the Jubilie and the (apparently) impending doom of the end of the world.
As anyone who has tried to keep a diary or write a blog will know, writing regularly is a challenge, especially when each day consists of get up, go to work, get home, eat sleep, repeat and nothing (particularly interesting for others) happens.
The usual stock-in-trade of the Mac Head blogger like me are Apple releases or moans, but apart from the iPhone 4S (which is more or less exactly the same as the original ’4′) not that much has happened really – just lots of profit and patents.
Work is bizarre at the moment but if you know where I work, you will know it’s not something I can really blog about and remain employed.
Home life is OK but unless you want to hear about my new sofa, which I doubt (although I might poll to see if you do!) there’s not much to write about .
So there you have it, I am leading an unexceptional life and not much is happening in my world, hense my lack of posts recently.
I can start making shit up if you like? No, didn’t think so.
Rest assured PJ fans, I will find something to moan about soon.
The latest rumour from the internets is that Apple are considering canning the Mac Pro product line, because people are not buying them.
Well when they are such a premium product I am not that surprised, however there are many of Apple’s core industries rely on pci-express – Audio, video to name two and for whom an external Thunderbolt card cage’ four lanes is not going to cut it.
Should we be surprised if this happens. No, not really. Look at the XServe, MacOSX server and FinalCutX if you want evidence of Apple’ abandonment of the high-end.
So take a good look at HP’s Z800 because if you are doing anything that needs a little more grunt than an iMac can provide, it will soon be your new best friend.
The people (proletariat?) seem to have had enough with the rich living off the cream while the other 99.99% of us get skimmed milk.
I particularly love this reaction to Chilian soldiers at one demonstration:
Being an O2 iPhone customer I was eager to see what their tariff prices are for the new iPhone4GS
The first thing I noticed is that they are offiering a 12 Month contract – obviously ready for the upgrade debacle when the iPhone5 is launched.
Secondly they are listing the data as a bolt-on which include Tethering and Visual Voicemail – from £3/month for a measly 100MB through £6 to £10/month which includes 1GB of data allowance, Wifi and a paultry 50 MMS’s.
Reading between the lines it looks like you don’t get Visual VM unless you get a data bolt-on “All our data Bolt Ons include Visual Voicemail and Tethering for iPhone.”
It’s when you start to crunch the numbers it becomes interesting, which if I am reading it right has all the tariffs (except the unlimited) are more or less the same when you factor in the cost of the phone. In fact the 1200 minutes tariff is cheapest of them all!
Here’s a little chart that demonstrates what I found.
So if I stick with O2 (which is likely taking a cursory look at Vodafone’s tariffs for the device) I’ll be signing up to the 12month 1200 minutes tariff and saving myself some cash.
After many years of battling illness, Steve Jobs – co founder of Apple, has passed away aged 56
I guess in respect for Steve’s Buddhist beliefs, I should probably say moved on.
You could tell that Steve knew he wasn’t long for this life by the way he was getting his affairs in order, in fact it was amazing that he held on to the CEO position for so long into this latest bought of his illness.
Pancreatic Cancer rarely has a good outcome and it’s treatment is very invasive and life changing.
The years that he had after diagnosis were a (painful) gift, and if you listen to speeches he gave I think he understood this, he seemed changed almost humbled by the reality that we are visitors on this planet and have a relatively limited time here and how we use that time is up to us.
Money can make you comfortable, sure but it can’t buy you well and doesn’t guarantee happiness.
It’s the love of friends and family that count, everything else is secondary.
So a chap in America died today, he was a complicated mix of business-man, artist, inventor, perfectionist, some might say tyrant or even genius.
Under his direction, a whole lot of other people have produced some really neat stuff that have informed, entertained and helped millions of other people around the planet, frustrated lots of us and have made others rich (or at least kept some of us gainfully employed for the last 25 years).
So thanks Steve, you know – for all the stuff, it’s been cool.
I can’t stop listening to this acoustic set we did with Emeli Sandé for the Sun. She has an amazing voice and was a pleasure to work with.
More about Bertrand Russell here
Not that I am going anywhere in particular, just away to avoid the embarrasing 2012 Olympics in my home town, London.
The traffic will be obscene, the tube trains will grind to a halt and work will be unbearable as news organisations always are every four years – this time especially so with it being on home turf.
Then there’s the opening ceremony, oh how I look forward to missing this event. I plan to be somewhere sunny and away from a TV or WiFi.
After Bejing what can we do that will come anywhere close?
I can see it now; Double-Decker Danny Boyle, the event’s creative director, will get the cast from Slumdog to do their Bhangra party piece while Some corgies are chased across the athletics field by Cannon and Ball. Makes you proud just thinking about it.
I can’t wait to watch it on Sky plus when I get back in the country just so I can set it on 2x and drink it in to the tune of ‘Yakety Sax’ (think Bennie Hill).
Just cos I am old and grumpy, it doesn’t mean I’m wrong.