October 7th, 2011

Dead Dog Cat

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Tonight, we start to fast for a bit more than a day, for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. It's supposed to be the most holy of days in the Jewish calendar, in which our prayers seek forgiveness for whatever we've done wrong, knowingly, or mistakenly, for the year.

May the upcoming year be one of blessings and health for all people I know, or soon will meet.
Dead Dog Cat

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Odd bits, here and there:

I had a chance to go, Wednesday night, with forestcats to the food truck event held weekly in Rowland Heights. Usually, there's six to eight trucks, but due to the rain, there was only two. One had pretty standard Mexican food; the only interesting aspect was that they made shrimp burritos and other dishes with fish and shrimp. The other vehicle was Jogasushi. They make sushi burritos. I had one, and it was delicious. No line, because very few people came out in fear of water falling from the sky, instead of spraying from sprinklers.

In all fairness, it had just finished raining, but the storm front had passed, and the sky was clearing overhead when we got there.

Very good food.

One other tidbit is that I've finally had a chance to get a look at a Traveller product for the SF RPG that I got at Gateway from the War House booth; I can feel a hankering to play or GM some Traveller! *Sigh*.
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I've seen a lot of posting of eulogies to Steve Jobs; I certainly wouldn't wish pancreatic cancer on anyone, least to someone who managed to force corporate America to toe his line, rather than let them destroy his vision. However, I'd always thought that the real creative force for the technology had been Wozniak; I thought Jobs was more the marketer. I admit to having not bothered to read up on the topic; it was just my impression.

My first computer was an Apple IIe 128K. I got nine years out of it until it became too outdated to use anymore. Then, I picked up a Mac LC, due to marketing. I was lead to believe that it would run Apple II programs on gear that I already had. That was a lie; I would have had to have purchased very expensive Apple hardware specially structured to use with the LC. I was less than pleased. I got another nine years out of the LC, even so, but I finally gave the Apple IIe and all its software and gear to a synagogue.

I caved in and shifted to a Windows machine after the LC. Too much software that I wanted to use refused to be released in a Mac version, and so I gave up on them.

Years later, I bought an iPod Classic 120Gig. I had no idea how to use it, and I still fumble around with it. It wasn't as intuitive as I'd been led to believe it would be. I wasn't keen on getting it, really, as I don't tend to be the sort of person who walks around with the earbuds in, listening to my own world. However, I do plug it into the car's radio on long trips, and now I have a docking station that doubles as my alarm clock, so I listen now and then to it. I don't view it as a waste of money, but it wasn't as useful as I'd been told it would be.

Of course, if I have an iPod, I had to have iTunes on my computer. I find it fairly irritating, especially recently. I don't care to buy whole albums if there's only one track I want...that's something I left behind in the vinyl days. I've been running into that a lot more lately... Due to the lack of documentation in how to use the software, I had loaded it with a lot of junk, and I've just finished spending months cleaning it all out manually. It runs a bit faster, thank goodness, since I completed that task, but had it had better documentation, and hadn't been "intuitive" in the first place, I wouldn't have had to waste so much time and effort on it.

For the last six months, we've had iPhones. I like the smart technology, and I have been loading music on it, as well as some apps. The fact that it has speakers makes it somewhat more useful than the iPod, for me at least. I've even been reading books on it, most lately some Mark Twain. I admit that I view it as the proof of the vision of SF writers of the 40s and 50s.

So, what's my point, with this rambling? Just reviewing in my mind my own personal Apple journey. There's been ups (personal computing! access to enormous music library!), and downs (forced use of specific hardware! poor documentation of systems!). But Jobs & Co. have had a lot to do with how the tech world works in the world today, and he will be missed.