My Tesla Model 3 stinks… Literally

My 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range has been dogged by two issues in the last few months. One large, one small. I’m going to talk about the small issue in this post, and the larger one in later post. The small issue that has plagued me since about May of this year? My Tesla… Continue reading My Tesla Model 3 stinks… Literally

Apple iPhone 13 Event

The yearly iPhone 13 event has come and gone, and pre-orders for the new devices (except for the Apple Watch Series 7) have begun. I was pretty adamant, based on the rumors, that I would skip the iPhone 13 and stick with my trusty Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro. However, a few things changed my… Continue reading Apple iPhone 13 Event

2021 Tesla Model 3 Review

For 8 months and 8,000 miles, I put the 2021 Model 3 Long Range edition through its paces. Here are my thoughts. Full disclosure: The 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range is the first EV I’ve owned. I’ve owned hybrids before (Honda Insight), but this is a different beast altogether. Buying Experience I purchased the… Continue reading 2021 Tesla Model 3 Review

WWDC 2021: No new hardware

World Wide Developers Conference 2021

All the rumors pointed to new M1X MacBook Pros being released today at WWDC, but it did not come to pass. Perhaps the global chop shortage is to blame. Or maybe it’s the constrained availability of the mini LED displays expected to be used in the 14″ version. Whatever the reason, we will have to… Continue reading WWDC 2021: No new hardware

Apple, Google, Amazon and Parler

Big Tech creates rules of the road, and applies them inconsistently. So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 3 weeks or so (and if you have, I really envy you), you are probably aware of the Capital riots and the aftermath that saw Apple and Google both boot Parler from their… Continue reading Apple, Google, Amazon and Parler

Final Cut Pro X 10.5.1 – what kind of bullshit is this?

I use Final Cut Pro X for all my videos. I love the feature set, and I’ve been happy with the way that Apple has constantly updated it since it’s release 9 years ago and haven’t charged any users for upgrades in that time. That said, the latest update released – 10.5.1, features a major… Continue reading Final Cut Pro X 10.5.1 – what kind of bullshit is this?

How to tell if an application is Apple Silicon native

If you are using one of the new M1 Apple Silicon Macs, you may be wondering how to tell if an app you have is optimized for Apple Silicon. There are a couple of ways to deduce this. Get Info: The first option is to use the “Get Info” option in the Finder. Navigate to… Continue reading How to tell if an application is Apple Silicon native

More benchmarks: Blender – MacBook Air M1 vs. MacBook Pro 16″ i9

A few other comparative benchmarks on the new MacBook Air M1 (16GB/512GB configuration), pitted against a MacBook Pro 16” (i9/64GB/4TB/Radeon 5500M-8GB). Blender (running in Rosetta 2 on the M1). Demo files can be found here. Fishy Cat (1 frame): MacBook Air M1: 1 min 35 sec MacBook Pro i9: 37 sec Mr. Elephant (1 frame):… Continue reading More benchmarks: Blender – MacBook Air M1 vs. MacBook Pro 16″ i9

End of a scientific era: So long Arecibo

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, one of the symbols of our scientific search of the cosmos was the Arecibo Observatory, located in Puerto Rico. This huge radio telescope and it’s massive dish was a formidable sight to behold. This telescope has searched the skies for 50 years for the National Science Foundation. In… Continue reading End of a scientific era: So long Arecibo

Apple reducing App Store commission fee for small businesses

Apple today announced that they will be reducing the App Store commission rate from 30% to 15% for developers who earn less than $1 million USD from the App Store. This comes as Apple has been under pressure from developers like Epic Games and Spotify, who have called Apple’s 30% commission unfair and anti-competitive. The… Continue reading Apple reducing App Store commission fee for small businesses