What I’d like to see in a new iMac

As is usual in anticipation of the launch of new hardware from Apple, there are lots of posts and videos with detailed renders of what we might expect from a new iMac. Other than faster hardware, which is something that we're going to get anyway, I would really like to see a new swivel design [...]

Tim Cook says iPhones are justifiably expensive

2018 iPhone Line-up

In an interview on "Good Morning America", Tim Cook said the following when asked about the prices of the new iPhones, which have grown well above the $1,000 mark: "it's the most advanced device we've ever done... [and]... replaces every other gadget consumers might need". Dear Tim, I would like to propose a challenge to [...]

My Olympus PEN E-P3

I purchased this PEN E-P3 just a few days ago, to add it to my collection of Olympus PEN cameras. As I mentioned in my previous post, I now have all the PEN models except the PEN-F. I love PEN cameras because they are the smallest full-featured cameras out there. Yes, there are smaller cameras, [...]

My Olympus PEN E-P1

Several days ago, I purchased a PEN E-P1. I've been thinking about a number of years of collecting all the digital PEN cameras that Olympus has made. I'm not referring to the PL (Pen Lite) or PM (Pen Mini) camera lines, which were launched alongside the regular PEN cameras in an effort to provide lower-cost [...]

A visit to Las Vegas

Situated in the Mojave Desert, its Spanish name means "The Meadows" because of the wild grasses and desert springs originally found there. An oasis in an otherwise dry and unwelcoming place, it became known to Native Americans over 10,000 years ago. It was discovered by the modern world in 1829, when a young Mexican scout [...]

The Sigma sd Quattro

The Sigma sd Quattro is the camera that helped me understand and come to terms with Sigma's mission as a camera manufacturer. I've railed against what I perceived as the faults of Sigma's cameras in the past (see here and here) and now I have come full circle in my stance on their cameras. It [...]

Idiosyncracies at Apple

Why is iTunes being used as the sync hub for all media and mobile apps? Do you remember iSync? It was the app that Apple made specifically for syncing devices to their computers. It worked pretty nicely to sync contacts and calendars from the Mac to a mobile phone (this was before the iPhone came [...]

Group identity and commercialism

Here's a short video log I recorded yesterday as I got to thinking about how we as humans tend to separate into groups and sub-groups and identify with them. We form separate cultures and sub-cultures and nowadays, we want to stand apart from what we see as the commercialism and consumerism of modern society.  And [...]

Truly sustainable computing

Plenty could be written about this subject. I just want to call for change in two areas, because I believe they'd have the greatest impact here and now: Desktop computers should have a projected life span of 20 years. Laptops and mobile phones should have a projected life span of 10 years. Why 10 years [...]