The 2008 PMA photography show starts tomorrow, January 31st, and seeing I’m so good at predictions (NOT!) here’s what I see happening by tomorrow:

  1. Mac OS X 10.5.2
  2. Aperture 2.0 (or at least 1.6)

My reasons for thinking this is happening are simple and obvious, mixed with a whole lotta hope. Here are the facts:

So there you have it. There are some seriously pissed-off Nikon D3/D300 users out there and Apple has been rather mum about the whole thing, suspiciously mum if you ask me. I find it hard to believe that Apple simply doesn’t care, nor do I believe Apple would bother going to the 2008 PMA with nothing new to show.

I’ll be extremely surprised, and disappointed, if neither of my predictions come true by the time the show opens its doors tomorrow morning.

January 28th, 2008You can pick your friends…

I just received the following instant message from my wife:

Larsen just informed me that he no longer picks his nose. Also, if he accidently picks a booger, he puts it back in his nose. Good grief!!

That’s my boy! :-)

Came across this while at the Wendy’s website. I’m not a NYC customer, but when you see a button that reads “For NYC Customers” you can’t help but click…right? At any rate, I clicked and…

Special notice to inquiries originating from New York City:

We regret that Wendy’s cannot provide product calorie information to residents or customers in New York City. The New York City Department of Health passed a regulation requiring restaurants that already provide calorie information to post product calories on their menu boards — using the same type size as the product listing.

We fully support the intent of this regulation; however, since most of our food is made-to-order, there isn’t enough room on our existing menu boards to comply with the regulation. We have for years provided complete nutritional information on posters inside the restaurant and on our website. To continue to provide caloric information to residents and customers of our New York City restaurants on our website and on our nutritional posters would subject us to this regulation. As a result, we will no longer provide caloric information to residents and customers of our New York City restaurants.

We regret this inconvenience. If you have questions about this regulation, please contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and refer to Health Code Section 81.50.


I don’t have any elaborate predictions about new products, so I’ll keep this simple.

Although I think it is highly probable that the rumors of a lightweight (MacBook Air?) are true, I’m more interested in the future of the MacBook Pro line. Yes…small and light portable computing is very cool, and so are fast desktop machines and whatever the new iMac case of the year may be, but what I most care about most is about the power-user laptops.

So here is my prediction:

  1. New MacBook Pro case design: I mean, it has been WAY too long since the current aluminum design has been around. Not that it needs to change, but this is Apple we are talking about.
  2. Metal is out: I believe the metal case for the Pro line may be a thing of the past. Metal looks great, but for those who do not baby their laptops this means a dented laptop isn’t a matter of “if” but “when”. I have seen way too many of these aluminum casing laptops dented to the point they will not even properly close. I think some other material (plastic, carbon fiber?) may replace the aluminum as the new shell for the MacBook Pro line. Wouldn’t plastic be better for increased wireless range (think WiFi and Bluetooth)? Wouldn’t plastic handle a bump or a short fall better than metal?

So there you have it. As obvious as prediction #1 is, I’m yet to really read many people even talking about the possible fate of the MacBook Pro line. Is everyone simply focusing on what this new product might be, and 3G iPhones?

January 4th, 2008A new beginning?

I finally got tired of not have any content whatsoever on my personal website. And for those of you keeping track, yes… it has been at least 8-years since my last update. What can I say, it takes quite a bit for me to get “fed up” with anything.

So, in an attempt to make is stupid-easy for me to update whatever content I want to put here I have installed WordPress and turned this pointless website into a pointless blog (one thing at a time, OK?).

Do I expect updates to happen more often? Yes, at least more than ZERO a year (don’t quote me on that). Under-promise and over-deliver. See, I did learn something in the last 8-years!

Does anybody care? Probably not, but I’m so not worried about that. Sometimes one needs an outlet to bitch, rant and/or vent, and in some rare occasion even share something useful with the world. We’ll see how it goes this time around.

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