Apple Watch – Should I buy one?

Apple Watch - Milanese LoopWell the Apple Watch was released in September 2014 and since then I have read about it as well as listening to many podcasts and recordings about it.  Not all have been good or even recommended it as a purchase.  To date I have resisted the urge of a serial fiddler to buy one.  That resistance in part has been price, quite expensive in Australia with prices from $429 (38mm Sport model) upward.  The model that grabbed my attention was the 42mm Stainless Steel model with the Milanese Loop.  It comes with a staggering RRP of $1029.  Way too much.

My other concerns with the watch is – what would I use it for.  Does it have a purpose for a person who is retired?  Was it designed for the working person to keep track of their life?  Does it have any relevance to a person in a country location?  Wow, is it just a yuppy toy – a status symbol of the new age?  Are the feature sets built into the watch, especially Apple Pay, just American centric options making the watch less than valuable or even useless in regional Australia.  Heck I own a number of watches that I wear and they all tell me the time.

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Essential Packing – Apple TV

imgresI know, I know you go away and the last thing that should be on your agenda is TV but, I do love my TV and the current show I was watching was at an interesting point.  So what do you do when you go away and can’t watch your shows.  What happens when you are not wanting to stay out partying all night.  In steps the Apple TV travel pack.

My Apple TV travel pack consists of 3 bits of kit.  Obviously an Apple TV, an airport express and my iPhone.  Also included are the power cables, a short Cat 5e cable (10cm), power cables, double adapter and a HDMI cable.

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MacBook Pro as a Desktop – Initial Observations

Without doubt the MacBook Pro is a very competent and powerful piece of kit.  Yes it can do everything I believe you need from a computer and I am almost convinced that it could be a realistic replacement for the desktop – ALMOST.

Processing power – I can see no difference.  It has enough grunt to do whatever you need.  I can see no difference from my Quad Core iMac.  Does it all easily. Continue reading

MacBook Pro – Mid 2012 Purchased

Well as I though the 2.3GHz model was far easier to find than the 2.6GHz model.  So I have an i7 Quad Core 2.3GHz model, 4GB Ram, 500 GB spindle drive, 1 Thunderbolt 1 port, 2 USB 3 ports, Ethernet port and 1 Apple display port for an external monitor.

Not quite to my specs, as I wanted to be able to run two external monitors but there are some ways around that issue.  I could run a Thunderbolt monitor but I don’t have any of those and they are way too expensive anyway.  I am not so sure they will ever come down to the price point of traditional monitors.  So at this time I am looking at using a USB Display Link adapter to run the second monitor.

As I said not quite to my specs but at a price point where I can afford to do some fiddling around with it to see if it is possible to replace a desktop unit with a laptop.   I have now packed the iMac away while I begin to use the laptop.  Hopefully it will only come out for wiping of the hard drives before I on sell it (or the laptop).

Time to buy some bits and upgrade the Pro.

Is A Laptop All I Need

I have never owned a laptop.  I have played with many and thought they were great but they did not have the power that I wanted and the expandability I required.  I was always taken with being able to take my toy with me but why have two computers.  The iPad has been filling that gap very well for that need since it’s introduction but I have been missing real computing power when away at times.  Well after having used an iMac for the last couple of years and having most of my data on a NAS I have begun to question to the logic behind the need for that desktop solution.  So can I do what I want using a laptop?  I have decided to try it but the first question is what laptop?  I have jumped on the Mac bandwagon so it has to be one of theirs but which one?

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Mountain Lion – Plex, Sleep Issues & Network Dropping

 

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I have recently been playing with Plex on a Mac mini.  The Mac mini is using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for storage of the media files.  I am a bit of a power miser so had the Mac mini set for pretty aggressive power saving.  I was going to watch my media files and my system was constantly coming up with no content found.  Relaxing the power settings did not solve the problem for me unless it was for very extended periods.  It did not take me long to find out that Mountain Lion has very aggressive sleep settings which whilst good also have dramatic impacts upon network attached storage – those network drives are essentially lost.  So the question for me is how do you get OS X 10.8 to reconnect those network drives every time the Mac mini wakes.

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NAS As A Home Server

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There are now a wide variety of Network Attached Storage  (NAS) devices that can act as a “Home Server”.  They have been developed as a storage device firstly and with increasing processor power they have evolved to be able to take on more roles.  The ability to provide streaming media to media playing devices in your house.  Running a web server and mail server in your house for the world to connect to.  Even the ability to record television programs and act as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR).  The question is do they cut the mustard as a home server though.

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