I’ve been encountering a strange number of disk problems lately. It’s almost suspicious. Yet, I suppose that is to be expected with older computers. Over the years, damage can sneak in. Neglect can make matters worse. Macs “just work”, so it can be unsettling when they stop working. Perhaps I’ve been overestimating the durability of Mac hardware and software. With three dead drives this year, I decided to call in a clincher – DiskWarrior.
The northern hemisphere is entering Spring. That means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. As a technologist, it’s important to make an effort to go outside. Otherwise, I could spend the entire season at my desk. That’s not very healthy and it also leads to burnout. So, while wandering the aisles of Costco, I spotted something entertaining. There were boxes filled with colorful kites. A total impulse buy lead to two wonderful weekends. Instead of slaving away at the keyboard, I was at the beach. A refreshing breeze lifted my kite and my spirit.
Apple has been stingy with new Mac hardware – especially with desktop computers. It’s been years since the Mac Pro or Mac Mini have been updated. That’s why I’ve been pushing my Mac Mini (Early 2009) to the limit. I bought that computer almost eight years ago. I’ve been holding out for a worthy replacement, but using a single computer for so long comes with risk. A crash could lead to significant data loss. Well, on Ground Hog’s Day 2017, my Mac Mini crashed… and it crashed hard!
Donald John Trump is now officially the 45th president of the United States of America. That’s a huge change in direction for the country. What does that mean for the lives of ordinary citizens? Well, if Whitehouse.gov is a bellwether, nothing too radical so far. The Trump administration was given the keys to the official website of the Whitehouse. While there was a significant change in content, it’s still running on the same old content management system (CMS) – Drupal 7.
2016 was a fairly choppy year for Apple. Three different computing platforms were fighting for attention – iPhone, iPad and Mac. Each device has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Many Mac fans were holding out for the new MacBook Pro, but its launch was mired in controversy. Battery life issues, added expense, limited ports and upgrade limits ruined what should have been an exciting moment in the history of the Mac. Is the party over? Are the heydays of macOS history? Are tablets the future of computing? Let’s take a look.