Friday, January 27, 2017

Apple Mac Sales

Apple is reporting a decline in Mac sales, which is interesting as while the entire vertical suffered PC gains were made by some manufacturers. I think this is resulting from a combination cultural shifts in computer usage and the changes in product strategy for the Mac. I’ve written about my conflicted thoughts on the new MacBook Pro though there is also what is seen as the abandonment of the true high end pro market with the Mac Pro. While Tim Cook has assured Mac users that they have an exciting Mac road map many diehard users have been disappointed. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next year.

I think another factor is that many users don’t need a computer for many tasks these days. People are living on their phones (particularly since iPhone 6 introduced the extra large screen). I find myself doing more my phone (including writing), which means getting a ultra new Mac isn’t necessarily top of my list. I still want a new Mac (ever with my consternation over the new laptops) though it has a different level of urgency.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why I am Not Getting AirPods

The anniversary of the year when I first landed on this rock that is spinning around Sol is quickly approaching and my amazing spouse asked if I would like a pair of Apple Airpods to celebrate the event.

My initial response was “YES” though after I thought about it I heistated. Not for any lack of desire but more because I know myself. I go through A LOT of headphones; they are washed, dropped, crumpled, folded over and otherwise subjected to an amazing amount of punishment. (Around this point my spouse found my audio jack to lighting adapter for an old headphone set in the wash, which sealed the choice to NOT get the AirPods).

I still wanted a set of wireless headphones so the questions remained if not the AirPods they what set? The Wirecutter, which I love has a great section on wireless headphones and recommends the Anker Sport Soundbuds IE20 as a great set for under $50. 9to5Toys Mac also did comparisons for wirless headphone alternatives to the AirPods and clearly calls the AirPods the winner, which was too helpful.

I have decided that I want earbuds as I often wear them at my MPOW to listen to podcasts while I crunch data and it is easier to only have a single earbud (so I can still hear my coworkers) than an on ear set. However, I would still worry about losing a single earbud so I would want ones that are connected. I check a coupe of other sites, CNET and PC Mag, though I was not convinced and decided to go with the Anker IE20s. I’ll let you know how they work.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cranky Mac Users

I have been writing more recently about the Mac and my opinions on the recent release of the Macbook Pro. Since then Mark Gurman published an interesting article on Apple leaving the Apple loyalists behind, which proved to be an interesting read following up on the consternation provided by the Macbook Pro launch. I then listened to the latest Accidental Tech Podcast, which provided great perspective on Guramn’s article and helped me come to terms that I am officially a cranky Mac user.

(If you’re looking for more information on which MacBook to buy you should check out the article from the Wirecutter.)

Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Year Begins

This year has been a year of change on the blog and throughout my professional career trajectory. The blog has settled roughly into a once of month affair, which is less than I had hoped so I am hoping to improve in 2017. At the end of last year, I switched from writing via a web interface to writing via an app, Byword, which has allowed me to write more frequently in smaller time frames (i.e. waiting in line) and also without needing a laptop. This has been great though there some features missing from the web interface such as being able to schedule posts and also share the Google Plus (which has some seo benefits. Though those drawbacks are small compared to being able to have your content saved in a text file and easily accessible outside the blogger CMS.

I have just hit my year anniversary at a new Day Job(TM), and am further bullish on embedded librarianship. I think it is a power future for the profession and also provides real value to organizations. Knowledge workers continue to need support while completing their everyday work and any information/data system requires a champion/expert to help manage the informaton and the tool. Too often practioners are asked to manage the tools they use (or there is no overall management) and spend time managing/finding information where they should be making widgets (i.e. whatever their core function). Having a librarian on staff on help manage the tool and also free up principals to focus on their main duties. I had the chance to speak about being an embedded librarianin 2015 and would love to chance to to speak again on the topic.

I have a few new projects lined up in the New Year (more on that later) though in the meantime you can find me on the following services:

  • Twitter: My Twitter Profile

  • Linkedin: My Linkedin Profile

  • Google Plus: My Google Plus Profile

  • I can also be found via email at george (at) this domain dot com if you’re looking to contact me about a project etc. Happy New Year!