Steve Jobs was responsible for much more than just the various Apple gadgets I’ve had in my life. My dad bought a Mac 512ke (pictured above) in 1986, for an outrageous amount of money. That really sparked my interest in computers, and got me into running a BBS and eventually several websites. Two of my websites took different paths. PowerWatch, dedicated to Power Computing’s “Mac clones”, would not have been possible if the Mac did not exist. That said, it was essentially put out of business by Mr. Jobs himself, when he ended licensing of the Mac OS. I remember writing him a letter asking him to reconsider, since he was putting me out of business. Not surprisingly, I did not get a response.
During the time I was running PowerWatch, I started playing around with a new gadget known as a digital camera. Specifically, an Apple QuickTake. The QuickTake showed me how digital cameras was going to change photography forever, and in 1997, I started a little website called the Digital Camera Resource Page. While Apple’s digital camera adventure did not last long, my website is still alive and kicking. I may not take photos on an Apple camera anymore, but I edit them in Aperture on a Mac Pro, view my photos and movies downstairs on my Apple TV, and take my pictures wherever I go with my iPad.
I’ve lusted after new Apple products my whole life. Early in my teenage years, I wrote a letter to my parents, telling them that a new Mac LC would bring a smile to the face of a shy child. It worked, and we got our first color Mac (with a 12″ RGB display, no less). I remember going to ComputerWare in Palo Alto, drooling over the Mac IIci and especially the IIfx, which cost thousands and thousands of dollars at the time. Over the years that followed, I owned PowerMacs, PowerBooks, iMacs, Macbook Pros, and Mac Pros. I’m pretty sure that I converted at least a few people over to the Mac side during that time, as well.
So thank you Steve, for giving me the inspiration for two of my jobs (even if you took one of them away later), for bringing a smile to a child’s face, and for designing the tools with which I can share my memories. It’s a shame that the most revolutionary people in the world seem to live such short lives. RIP.
Things are starting to get interesting around the new SF-Oakland Bay Bridge (eastern span). They’ve put up catwalks which will be used to lay the cable, and they lit them up for the first time a few nights ago. This is a good approximation of what the bridge will look like when it’s done two years from now.
Back in January I told you that in 2012 I’d be taking the second-to-last “big ship” cruise to Antarctica. Two things in that statement turned out not to be true.
First, I’m not going. The cruise runs right through CES, and seeing how I’m the only DCRP employee, somebody needs to cover all the new products that will be announced at that time.
Second, while most cruise lines are no longer going to Antarctica anymore, Holland America and Celebrity are going again in late 2012/early 2013.
At first, we were looking at going on the Celebrity Antarctica cruise, because it 1) is at a perfect time (February, rather than early January) and 2) it’s half the price of the HAL cruise. The problem with the cruise is that it only goes down the right side of South America, leaving out the beautiful Chilean coast, not to mention going around Cape Horn!
Thankfully, Holland America’s cruise in 2013 will work! It starts a few days after CES, so I should be able to get all my work done before I step on the plane (though I probably won’t actually go to the show). Not only does it go all the way around South America (with a few days in Antarctica) — it stops at more destinations, too. This will be my longest cruise ever, at 20 days!
January 2013 can’t come soon enough!
I may not be blogging much anymore, but you can still read camera news, rants, and more on the official DCRP Twitter account. I’ll try to post something juicy once in a while, as long as I don’t get in too much trouble!
I love watching fireworks shows, and enjoying taking pictures of them even more! Last night I went out to my usual spot to watch the big, $100k+ show that is put on in San Francisco. Here are the photos for your enjoyment!
(Whoa, this was showing the wrong photos for a while — fixed that!)
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