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Anne

It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

Wearables

So I got an Apple Watch for Christmas.  I’m ~3 weeks in and contrary to others I’m actually quite impressed.

I have made a game out of beating my fitness goals.  Standing and moving are becoming achievements (how lazy am I, right!).  Better yet, I have actually run a few miles in the last few weeks!

My favorite thing to do, however, is not pull my phone out of my pocket to check my phone every time it buzzes.  Instead, it’s just a flick of my wrist and I can tell that it’s just my thermostat changing to “away” mode because my wife left the house or it’s a news alert about an attempted coup.

Apple releases new Macbook Pros

Apple finally released the long-awaited Macbook Pro refresh.

First thought: Adapters.  Adapters for everything.

Magsafe gone.

That sucks.

I was actually really interested in getting one, but this whole touch bar thing is pretty gimmicky and I’d rather have a magsafe adapter and less adapters to plug in my stuff.  I mean, I need an adapter to plug in my phone (my BRAND NEW iphone, for crying out loud!)

I’m not as completely shocked at the price as I’ve seen others, to be honest.  Apple is expensive.  I’m just disappointed in the usability.

I’ve done nothing

So the Emmy’s were on last night.  Shouldn’t that be “Emmies”?  I digress already.

Anyhow.

I didn’t watch.  I swiped through the the recap on twitter this morning per my normal routine.  I noticed something that made me both happy and sad at the same time.

Someone I went to high school with won an Emmy last night.  I was in multiple classes with this guy.  I doing an AP Physics project with him and we spent weeks working on it together.  He was smart as hell (still is, I’m sure).

As I scrolled through and saw the news I was excited and happy for him.  Then I realized what he had accomplished in life.  This guy is winning Emmy’s and stuff and I’m… you know… not.  I mean, I’m not a complete failure or anything, but I’m not exactly on that level.

Regardless, I have a small reason to feel just a little inadequate today.

Apple Releases new stuff

So the internet is ablaze with talks of the new Apple stuff that was just announcedSome people are excitedOthers are making fun of Apple for saying they were “courageous” for taking away the headphone jack.  I think there will probably be a slew of poorly made third party splitters that allow charging and headphone jack or aux cable usage simultaneously.  They will undoubtedly make the phone popup with the familiar “this accessory will make your phone explode and you are a terrible person for using it” message.

On the other hand, the new Apple Watch has GPS and is waterproof… so I guess we have that going for us…

The coolest weather map you’ll see today

So I have this weird obsession with weather.  I think it stems from the fact that humans can take in all the data we slurp up into databases yet we still can’t figure out if it’s going to rain tomorrow reliably.  Don’t get me wrong, I know we’re better now than before and getting even better, but it seems to me like eventually we should be able to model everything and figure out exactly what is going to happen.  Everywhere.

Regardless, I came across this wind/water temp/wave/everything map with awesome layers to play with and turn on/off.  I was fascinated.

Hard drive prices

How is it that WD Red 4TB drives are still so expensive?  I simply don’t understand it?

I mean, I remember reading about floods back in 2011 that caused a shortage and drove up prices, but I bought a 4TB drive almost a year ago for cheaper than the current price.

The market is what it is, I guess.

For the record, we’re dropping the WD’s into a Synology DS216 for a customer.  Synology prices have become very affordable as time has gone on…

OK, I admit: the galaxy note 7 looks sweet

I stick with Apple because I’m married and don’t get to make decisions like what phone I use.  My wife insists that I have the same one as her so she knows how to use mine, etc.  It’s probably not a good excuse but I pick my battles.

That said, holy crap the note 7 is nice.

*Sigh*

I don’t remember what having full freedom of choice is like, so I look at things like this like I look at cars I know I’ll never have.  There’s no realistic chance of ownership for me, so it’s all just admiration from afar.

edit: So apparently they have this extra feature where they, you know, explode.  Not the greatest.