Time to Upgrade

Apple.

The iMac I’m using right now is old. It was manufactured in 2013. It’s getting slower on boot up, and the more time I spend in a given logon session the slower it gets, even without a lot of apps running.

I’m unhappy with Apple for not upgrading this model in quite a while. I’m not going to spend $2,000 or more to replace the iMac with a machine that’s running 2016 / 2017 technology. It was a big disappointment that their late October announcement did not mention any new iMacs.

Oh wait a minute – they did release a new iMac within the last year. It’s the iMac PRO, and the PRO part at the end of the name means it starts at $4,999. It’s targeted to professionals in the movie, arts, architecture, and design businesses.

By not announcing a new home or business iMac model by now, I think Tim Cook and his financial guys are forgetting the working class grunts and their Apple hardware and software purchases that helped Apple obtain their current financial status.

But that’s just my disappointment talking. In all fairness, they did announce a new Mac Mini PRO. The media tacked on the PRO, not Apple. My first Apple desktop was a Mini and was a great little box I used for years. The new Mini has many configuration options and a nice set of features. It allows for the building of a Mini beast which is what I did, aiming for it to have as long a life as possible. I’ll be ordering it soon, but without their $700, or $1,300 LG monitor. I’m sure I can get the monitor I need on the net for a little over half those prices.

I’m admitting to being too locked into Apple with my iPhone, iPad, iMac, Mac Air, and iCloud. I’ve severed my relationship with Microsoft for good (for the second time). I have a Lenovo laptop that now runs Linux instead of the Window’s 10 it came with. The Window’s updates got very unpredictable and often made messes it took me hours to cleanup, sometimes a day or more. I have minimal experience with Linux but early investigation tells me getting it to do all the things I do on the Apple platform may be a pipe dream. But as I said, I have a lot to learn about Linux and what software is out there for it.

My future plan is to not replace my iPhone when it is no longer keeping up with the other devices, and instead purchase an iPad with cellular. I may end up getting tired of lugging the iPad around all the time to not miss calls, so getting a low cost cell phone and plan providing only unlimited text and calls may be another solution.

New Theme ‘SELA’

There was nothing wrong with the theme I just replaced, I liked it, but was just wanting a change.

This theme was a fairly clean and easy install.  It still needs some tweaking, but I like how it looks.  Back to simpler times, which I can see myself getting weary of down the road.  It’s too much fun for an old, retired bit pusher to occasionally rip out the old and force in the new.

You may see changes as I get to know more about what options and features this theme has.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

My wife and best friend, Elaine, passed early in January of this year.  A knock-down blow.  I’m dealing with that, but my goal is to reach the point where seeing her picture, or an event shared popping into my head, will bring me a smile instead of sadness.  Not there yet, no rush, that’s just the goal.  I’m working on it.

But enough said.  I share this personal information because this brings about some changes in my life going forward, and I plan to write about it all here.  I felt providing an explanation for these plans and events was a good start, and will not be addressing my loss any further.

With the good advice of relatives and friends, none of the big changes I have in mind are for the near future.  But I can start some preparation soon that will serve me well whether or not the path I see now comes to fruition or not.

I plan to sell my condo which I own outright, and get into a much smaller place.  I had originally planned to put the condo on the market in spring or early summer of 2019, but now have put that off for possibly a year.  It needs some work (some windows, some paint, some flooring), and I need more time to get that done and search for my new home.  If I can pull it off financially, I’d like to be living in my new place before the condo is sold.  The additional monthly cost for that scenario would be the condo fee, the electric bill to keep the inside temperature adequate, insurance, and whatever service fees for the heating and air conditioning system arise.  I know, this seems risky, but it would make things a lot easier.

My new place will most likely be a rental, the cost of which will be covered for years using funds from the condo sale.  If this new place is not exactly what I’m looking for it may not be my permanent choice.

That’s the plan I’m working on.  There will be bumps and stone walls to be encountered for sure, and the plan will be altered, but goals mentioned remain the same.  Wish me luck.

Blissful Ignorance. Really? Bite me.

2016 Protest

NOTE: This post was written in rage, and originally published on March 12, 2017.  I deleted it within hours, not in the mood for a social media barrage from both sides of the administration’s loudest supporters and haters.  Like them though, I have strong feelings about the “swamp” (cesspool?) growing larger in DC, in both parties.  I have often regretted removing this post, so here it is.


A tweet in my timeline last week strongly inferred that those of us not participating in “The Resistance” and not availing all our free time to the news media’s political reporting, were not being good citizens.  It also stated that we’re all too comfortable in our state of “blissful ignorance”.  This got me pretty cranked up.

Ignoring the talking heads and spin doctors is not “blissful ignorance”, and neither is non-participation in street protest.  It’s one reaction to not being able to determine which news reports are credible and truthful, due to paid-for bias and the rating wars.  Add my core belief we are way past the point where any number of us in the 99% could collectively do anything to bring about change.

The two choices given to us for President of the United States of America last November shows that the ruling aristocracy in America owns the government, and that’s the way it’s going to stay.  Our children and our planet do not factor into their actions, as their only concern is keeping their power and satisfying their greed.