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Merry Mac-mas!

Today is the day… the iPhone 4S will be arriving at my front door sometime very soon. It’s made a tremendous journey so far from China to Anchorage, Alaska and headed out the door on a UPS truck from Louisville, Kentucky in the middle of the night to make it’s way to me before the end of business today.

I’m a Mac Geek. There’s no doubt about it. I look forward to my new version of the iPhone coming out every year. It’s kind of like my Christmas. Some people get really excited about the Christmas season, I get excited about the new iPhone event once a year.

This year my friend, Kurt, and I chatted online while watching a real time blog of the announcement of iOS 5 and iPhone 4S. It was a lot of fun. I was a little disappointed about the unveil, but then I saw the ads explaining the new iPhone and all the advancements they made and I was sold. I’m a sucker for an iPhone ad.

Funny thing is, I talked with a number of people after the announcement that said they wouldn’t be upgrading from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S… every last one of them did anyway. There’s just something about those Apple products.

Another friend of mine, John, stayed up with me chatting online into the wee hours of the morning last Thursday (into Friday) so we could pre-order our new iPhones. I had my pre-order secured by 3:45 a.m. but John didn’t get his until after 4:00 am, he told me he tried to take a nap, wake up at 2:45 a.m. for the 3:00 a.m. pre-order, but I’m sure he couldn’t sleep. Too excited.

When the 2nd iPhone came out, I waited in line with a bunch of Mac Addicts in front of an Apple Store here in Ohio. It was one of the best times I’ve ever had. What an experience! We sat out in front of the store talking about Macs and the Apple Store employees brought us all Tim Horton’s coffee while we waited for the store to open. They were all excited too.

By the way, if you’ve ever been to an Apple Store, is there anything like it? It’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory… only for nerdy, tech geeks.

I realize that Macs are just things and have no eternal value, but let me just say, it’s fun being a Mac Geek. It’s not that bad. I’m a Mac guy and Mac guys (& gals) get excited about Mac stuff. We’re nerdy, but it doesn’t feel nerdy… like in a pocket protector kind of way.

Everyone has a hobby or something they really enjoy that might seem trivial to others. Some people like comic books, Star Wars or Star Trek… who am I kidding? They like Comic Books and Star Wars or Star Trek (I think there is a heated rivalry between Trekkies and Star Wars Fanboys). Some people like knitting, biking, hiking, photography, reading, sports or movies. The possibilities are endless. We’re all unique and have different tastes, but all of us have something we enjoy being a part of that we probably could live without… but it’s just so darn fun!

What is that thing that you get excited about that might seem trivial but brings a smile to your face? Looking forward to hearing about each and every one of them.

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Steve Jobs…

1955-2011

I’ve been an Apple geek for almost 20 years now.

I remember back in 1992 when I told my future wife about this awesome computer I had seen called a Mac. She was going away to college and her father was going to gift her with a computer. I convinced her that a Mac was the way to go… her father was none to pleased about that, but he got her a Mac LCII.

That thing was amazing. We loved that thing, dial up modem and all (it used to take several minutes to download a webpage in those days).

I’ve endured so many people telling me that my love for Mac’s is a pointless endeavor. That they would die off and become nothing but a blip in history. They’d never have the market share, that was Bill Gates territory.

These past few years have been the best time to be a Mac geek. Apple is undoubtedly one of the most prolific companies in technology & entertainment that the world has ever seen.

There are so many haters out there when it comes to Apple, but I will tell you this: each and every person I have ever talked into buying a Mac has never regretted it. My dad and brother are two of the most skeptical people I know. They are now both Mac people.

Are they expensive? Yes. Are they really all that great? YES! Trust me, once you go Mac, you’ll never go back.

The thing that always kept me believing in Apple was Steve Jobs. He was different. Definitely ahead of his time. Innovative. Outside the box. Everything I’ve always wanted to be. He did it his way and boy, oh boy was that way amazing!

I obviously don’t know Steve Jobs personally, but the creativity and innovation he has contributed to society in my lifetime is immeasurable.

I was talking with a young man in his early 20′s today about our excitement over the new iPhone 4S (yes, I really am excited about it). He, like many other young people, was constantly texting, surfing & taking calls while we talked. I mentioned something about a time I wasn’t able to communicate with my wife early in our marriage and he said, “Why didn’t you just text her?”

There’s an entire generation that doesn’t understand how far technology has come in the last 20 years. I love that I am living in this time in history because the advancement of technology is incredible. The best moments for me have been created by the vision of Steve Jobs.

His creations have changed industries forever. The iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, have all shattered the boundaries of communication, entertainment and how we relate to one another. Honestly, I can’t think of another person in our lifetimes that has affected so much in such a short time.

He has defined not just one industry, but many.

Ask all the people that have taken his ideas and tried to run with them. Smart phones, tablets, music players, “App Stores,” music downloading, movies & TV, animated films. You name it, someone has copied it.

As they say, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”

Even though Steve Jobs is gone, people can’t help but continue to imitate him. He was a visionary. One of a kind. Apple & all the loyal Mac enthusiasts will miss his mind and knack for making the things people love… and for making them the best.

http://youtu.be/rnCzCkgWiXE

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Back In Time…

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The other day, my buddy, Bill Moore, posted a blog about what he would tell the 17 year old version of himself today. He’d travel back in time like Marty McFly to “fix” some of the glaring errors he made back in the 80?s. I’m sure Huey Lewiswould be blaring in the background but I think Bill would be driving his Mustang, not aDelorean.

Either way, it got me to thinking, what I might say… for me it’d be more of a Breakfast Clubscenario.

High School was not a pleasant experience for me. Lots of angst. Thankfully, it’s where I met my wife and that was awesome, but the culture and circumstances I found myself in were less than ideal. There were some good moments, but overall my memory of High School was me getting in trouble constantly. I was a cross between Bender and Claire. A rebel who had a little popularity (plus I was spoiled rotten).

You know how everyone always remembers that one teacher that believed in them and changed their lives? Yeah, that never happened for me. Cry me a river, right? Was I rebellious? Was I a pain in the butt? Was I disrespectful? Yup. Sometimes free thinkers look like that. I was just a kid after all.

I won’t regale you with all the gory details, but needless to say, Mom & Dad got a lot of gray hair during those years (I probably even gave Cheryl’s parents a few).

I have a few things to tell you. Listen up butt-head!

1. Stop arguing with your parents. They actually know a few things. I realize you know everything already, but indulge them.

2. For the love of God, please pay attention to the car in front of you. I know you’ve already crashed your T-Bird a few times by now, but there are many more to come. It’s called keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. By the way, you’ll be waiting a while to get that thing back from your uncle. Get used to Dad’s Grand Marquis.

3. When you graduate from High School you are going to grow a mullett. People are going to make fun of those things forever. I know Richard Marx’s looks really cool, but please believe me they are considered quite possibly the worst hairdo in history. People still have them. There are entire websites dedicated to mocking them.

4. Websites. You are going to love these. Just like Bill said, invest in Apple. Ask your Dad if you can borrow $1,000, in fact tell him to buy a bunch of it too. By 2011, you’ll be set for life!

5. Girls lose their minds around 19. I have no idea why, but I’m just trying to prepare you. Don’t worry though, it all works out in the end.

6. Don’t stop thinking and asking questions. I know, I know, that is what gets you in hot water with the establishment known as Inter City Baptist School, but it’s okay to think for yourself. My suggestion is that you start journaling instead of asking your teachers. They don’t get it or they do and they’re trying to beat it out of you. Your opinions and thoughts will serve you well one day.

7. College is a joke. I know people will tell you differently, but it’s a giant cash cow. Take a few months, even a year or so and figure out what you like doing then pursue it. If college will help you in that pursuit, do it. If not, it’s okay.

8. For crying out loud, stick with something! God’s given you a lot of talent. If you find something you like doing, your natural abilities will take you pretty far, but there will be a time where you have to work hard to achieve your dreams. Quit quitting when things get hard!

9. Stop worrying about what people think. You’ll never please everyone. The only people you need to please are God and your spouse (and you can’t always please her either). Be who God created you to be. He’ll help you if you keep your eyes on Him.

10. Put the potato chips down. They are your kryptonite. Food is not the answer man. Get outside or play a sport or something.

11. Don’t ever use credit cards. You have a serious impulse control problem (See potato chips above). Again, stuff is not the answer.

12. Stop losing your temper. It’s ugly. Yes, people are annoying, but you need to learn that you can’t control every situation and get over yourself. Sometimes the Red Wings/Lions/Wolverines will lose. It’s just a game. Move on.

13. Get a guitar and practice playing it. You’re going to need it.

14. Stop believing the bad things people say about you and stop putting yourself down. God is so proud of you. You are an amazing dude. Trust me, people love you.

15. Most importantly, pursue God with all your heart, body and spirit. He is all that matters in this life. He has plans for you and He loves you more than you can ever imagine.

Now, I want to give you a little good news:

First off, your wife is amazing. You really got the best chick in the world. You guys are madly in love.

You’ll love this, you finally got a dog! Try to figure out why he’s afraid of thunder storms… and pretty much everything else. Either way, you got a dog Dude!

Don’t give up on the Red Wings. The jury is still out on the Lions… things are looking good though (but you’ll think that every year).

Last but not least, it might take a while, but you are finally starting to figure things out. The key is putting your life in the hands of Jesus Christ. He’s a genius at making you exactly who you were made to be. Let go and let God take you on the adventure of your lifetime.

Tell me, what would you tell yourself now that you’re older and wiser?

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