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Apple Event Wishlist (16/10/2014)

A bit last minute (the event starts in 20 mins), but here’s my wishlist for todays Apple event.


I don’t care about the iPads much. I enjoy my iPad mini (i use it for traveling) but its not a device i am keen to upgrade. It works well.

However, there are few things i would like to see. The main one is better pricing for the higher storage models. I am looking to buy my parents an iPad for Christmas this year. However, even a 32gb iPad is a little small to last the 3-4 years needed. So a drop in pricing would be great.

I would REALLY love for Apple to include mini displayport so i can use the iPad on my cinema display, but that is just wishful thinking.

Retina iMac

I’m not in the market for a Retina iMac but i the retina rollout is an interesting thing. Retina on the desktop is something I would love to try.. If they developed a retina iMac thats cool, if it supports Target Display that would be even better. Perhaps it could be achieved with a pair of Thunderbolt ports, who knows.

Mac Mini

I love the Mac Mini platform, and if they brought something out it would have to consider it. I did just by a Macbook and sell my Mac Mini, but thats more to do with the price of the old Mac Mini than its form or functionality. (£1000 of Mac mini was overkill!)

If Apple brought out something with the same specs as the MacBook Air and an SSD, for less than £350 I would be super tempted. I even wrote an imaginary review for such a beast.

New Apple TV.

An Apple TV update would be nice. I have a Apple TV 2 which does not do 1080p, but the current Apple TV is WAY to long in the tooth to be a worthwhile update. If it worked as a basic games console, that would also rock.

If the Mac Mini above came with an equivalent to Frontrow, then i would be extremely happy.

So thats it, my wish list for this evenings event.

Published: 16 October 2014 | Categories: , Permalink

iPhone 6 was too large for my hands.

Since 2008 I have changed my phone roughly once every 2 years. My logic has been it’s the computer I use most and the depreciation is not too terrible at 2 years old. £200 or so to upgrade is not to bad.

So this year, I reserved a 4.7” iPhone 6 and collected it yesterday morning.

I was a little hesitant from the start. 4.7” is mighty large as I have small hands. The current 4” iPhone 5 was already borderline unworkable. However, Apple has a 14 day return policy, so I figured it would be worth a go. I should probably have listened to my inner voice a bit more, would have saved disappointing my poor partner who was quite excited about having my iPhone 5 from me.

It’s been about 24 hours, and it’s already boxed up to be returned. It’s too big, and the upgrade cost too high to justify the compromises. Maybe next year they will bring out something which fits my hands.

For those wondering, my hand is a little over 10cm wide including the bottom base knuckle of my thumb.

Finally, if anyone has a 5S who wants a iPhone 6, email me or send me a tweet on twitter. I would be happy to do you a deal.

Published: 20 September 2014 | Categories: , Permalink

"How to contribute to Open Source" sessions. An idea.

One problem with breaking into the web development industry, is that, you hit a chicken and egg situation when it comes to Experience. You need experience to land a role, but you cannot get much experience without a role. This situation is magnified if you happen to have a disability. If that disability effects social or communication skills, then frankly, its pretty much a brick wall.

Here, is my modest proposal to try and break down the barrier.

I’m thinking of running some events, a bunch of people, in a room with computers. At the start of the event I will show everyone how to do branching and Pull Requests in Github and then help people to make their first contribution to open source.

My idea is that open source is a skeleton key to experience. Do some good work, and it leads to stuff. Do something not so great and generally the feedback with be swift. Ultimately, it is fertile ground but that first step, the first inch, the first pull request. Well. That. Is. Killer.

For the first event, I would like to focus one specific group, people on the autism spectrum. This is because thats the group I know and the group I can empathise with best. But if it works, then I would like to open the doors wide. If you want to run it for a different group, then please copy the idea.

If you like this idea or if you’re an open source project and you want to take part, please email me or tweet at me. I will see what response this gets and from there; figure out what sort of space I need in order to make it happen.

Published: 19 September 2014 | Categories: , Permalink

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