new MacBook – impressive

One arrived today – April 16th – at a BestBuy I happened to be visiting. It’s much more impressive than I expected. Very thin. Very solid. Entirely metal.

I don’t need an Apple Watch. And I don’t need this hybrid cross between an iPad and an ultra light laptop. But it’s worth checking out in person, when you get the chance.

Here’s the Apple cool-aid.

The new MacBook – Reveal

The new MacBook – Design

If interested, check the iMore review first. It’s not inexpensive. And the adaptor for the new (very cool) port costs $80.

every day should be ‘Buy Nothing’ day


‘Live Rich’ – A spoken word film about the true meaning of wealth.

‘Live Rich’ is a film about our relationship with money in a world where we are always being sold to, and how the most important things in life can’t be bought.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk
Original Score by New Desert Blues
Featuring Megan Turk & Jonathan Royston-Claire

Spend less. Live more.

Buy more experiences, fewer things.

(via Films for Action)

new – Photos for Mac

I use iPhoto for Mac uploading the best pics to a Flickr Pro account.

iPhoto is pretty crappy, but the alternatives were worse, so far as I was concerned.

Happily, the new Apple photo management app is getting good reviews. I can hardly wait. I may even turn iCloud back on when it arrives.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Apple – Photos for OS X


testing Nikon Coolpix L830

New camera. Here’s how video looks edited in iMovie 10 on Yosemite.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Here are low resolution pics for the web.

very low light

very low light



at 34x zoom on a tripod

at maximum 34x zoom on a tripod

no zoom

no zoom

Click over to flickr to see those at highest resolution.

So far, I’m liking the Coolpix 830.  Powered by 4 (replaceable) AA batteries. Good for longer hiking trips.

best iPhone podcasting app?

Apple invented and popularized podcasting. But they’ve never been very keen. Not enough profit. Most podcasts are free, you see.

imore just posted an overview article – Best podcast apps for iPhone

best iPhone podcast apps

I assumed one of the dedicated 3rd party apps MUST be superior to the much criticized Podcasts app that comes with the new iPhones by default.

So … I tried two of the top recommendations:


Sadly, I couldn’t see enough advantage over the default Apple software. So I’m sticking with iTunes.

iTunes 12 Yosemite is not nearly as bad as I thought at first glance. :-)

related – Examining iTunes 12’s New Interface