iCloud Gets An Automatic Boost in Storage… and Price
Sep15

iCloud Gets An Automatic Boost in Storage… and Price

I just received an e-mail from Apple indicating that, as they announced at the last keynote, the top tier of iCloud storage is doubling from 500gb to 1tb. I have that 500gb plan, so they kindly e-mailed to tell me my plan would be upgraded to 1tb. However, there’s a catch – the price is increasing from $9.99 to $12.99 per month (CAD). That sounds fine on the surface – I’m getting twice the space for only $3/month more. However, there is no option to just keep my 500gb plan. The only option is to downgrade to the 200gb plan, but I can’t do that because I already use more than 200gb between iCloud Photo Library and the documents in my iCloud Drive. At first I was excited about the increase in storage, but now I’m miffed that I am going to have to pay more money each...

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My First Mac(s)
Jan24

My First Mac(s)

On the 30th anniversary of the Mac, I thought I’d share my Mac using/buying history. I didn’t buy my first Mac until 2010, but I had been using them daily for a number of years leading up to that purchase. Here they are in chronological order:

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Contest: Win Sneak Preview Tickets to the New Steve Jobs Movie
Aug09

Contest: Win Sneak Preview Tickets to the New Steve Jobs Movie

Attention Halifax (and area) readers: I have a double pass to the new Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher to give away!

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Logic Pro 9 Now On the App Store for $199.99
Dec09

Logic Pro 9 Now On the App Store for $199.99

Logic Pro Studio 9 is now available on the Mac App Store for $199.99, down from $499. This includes the option to download 19gb of loops. MainStage is a separate download at $29.99.

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Review: ReFind for Mac
Oct04

Review: ReFind for Mac

ReFind makes it easy to get to your most-used folders on your Mac with just a few keyboard strokes. It’s a bit of a power-user tool, but if you find yourself navigating to the same folders time and time again, ReFind could make your life easier.

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iMac 1998 vs. iMac 2011
Aug17

iMac 1998 vs. iMac 2011

Technology is improving at an exponential rate. It really is insane. Back in 1998, Steve Jobs announced the new iMac. The internet was just starting to explode. The iMac was the first desktop computer for the home to really take advantage of the internet, and allow regular people to create multimedia. In this video, Steve waxes poetic about the incredible specs of the machine. Apple had found that the biggest screen people wanted was 15″. 32mb of RAM was overkill. 4gb of hard disk was a cavernous amount of storage space. Below is a table I created comparing the 1998 baseline iMac with the 2011 version. Note the crazy percentages and remember that not all processors, RAM, displays, hard disks, etc. are created equal, so the increase in speed and efficiency is even greater than these percentages. iMac 1998iMac 2011% Increase Display 15″ 21.5″ 43% Resolution 1024×768 1920×1080 163% Processor* G3 @ 0.233ghz i5 @ 2.5ghz 973% Cache 0.5mb L2 6mb L3 1100% RAM 0.032gb 4gb 12,400% Hard Drive 4gb 1,000gb 24,900% Graphics Memory 2mb 512mb 25,500% Weight 40lbs 20.5lbs -48.8% Price $1299 $1199 -7.7% * Let’s also remember that a single core G3 processor is not even in the same ballpark as a dual- or quad-core i5 or i7 processor. Here’s a comparison between my 2011 iMac and the maxed out version of the 1998 model: iMac 1998 My iMac % Increase Display 15″ 27″ 80% Resolution 1024×768 2560×1440 369% Processor G3 @ 233mhz i7 @ 3.4ghz 1359% Cache 0.5mb L2 8mb L3 1500% RAM 128mb 12gb 9275% Hard Drive 4gb 1,000gb 24,900% Graphics Memory 6mb 1gb 16567% Weight 40lbs 30.5lbs -23.75% I could not find the upgrade costs for the 1998 model, but I do remember RAM being incredibly, ridiculously expensive, so I would go out on a limb and say the maxed out 1998 iMac would have been around the same price as the 27″ iMac. Though we of course expect each iteration of a product to be better than the last, I don’t think many people could have predicted the rate of growth in the technology sector. Even in 1998 it was difficult to say just what would be around the corner. The advent of touch screen technology, the miniaturization of processors, flash memory, new battery technology, unibody construction, the incredible rate of growth in internet speed, the need for more efficient and green tech, etc. – all of these things have helped shaped the products we use each and every day. Where are we going next? All touch screen? All flash memory? Will 100mbps internet soon be passé? One thing is for certain –...

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