Getting My 2010 Macbook Air 11″ Diagnosed at Apple

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2010 Macbook Air 11″, 4g RAM, 1.6ghz

My Macbook Air was having some issues shutting down when I closed the lid, so I took it into the Apple Store to get it diagnosed. Looks like there’s a hardware issue. Doh.

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Customers shopping and waiting for Apple technicians to help diagnose their issues.

Apple has offered to replace the logic board for $280—a reasonable price, but I think that I’m going to use it as it is. Eventually, I’ll sell it on Craigslist.

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Fully loaded 2016 MacBook for $1600

I will say that if I was in the market for a new laptop, I’d be interested in the new MacBooks. So nice… Okay, I’ve got to stop looking! My life is served perfectly with my iPhone and 15″ Macbook Pro.

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iPhone 6 Plus (left), iPhone 7 Plus (right).

While I was at the store, I checked out the new iPhones. They’re pretty much the same form factor. The new 7 plus camera is actually a huge improvement on both sides.

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iPhone 7 Plus back side camera.

Right off the bat, the colors, detail, contrast and zoom are way better. The optical zoom is definitely cool.

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iPhone 7 Plus front.

Overall, the improvements aren’t really visibly noticeable.

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DJI Phantom 4 Drone.

Whoa, they’re even selling the new drones there. That would be a fuuuuuuuun toy. 4k… Curses, I need to stop looking at this stuff.

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Apple Store SF packed at all hours

Peak Design Camera Strap and Clip Quick Review

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This is the Peak Design CapturePRO clip

I’ve been eyeing the Peak Design Camera Strap for a few months now, and I at last, I got around to purchasing it. I can certainly say that peak design products are built with quality in mind.

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The base plate attached to the clip.

I typically use this clip on my book bag. It’s probably one of the best accessories I’ve purchased. It holsters my camera perfectly. I love that my hands are free, and if an opportunity for a photo shows itself, I can access it without opening my book bag.

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The Peak Design Camera Strap SL-2.

The SL-2 isn’t the cheapest strap, but it’s pretty comfortable. I would say it’s on the bulky side, so I’d only recommend this to people who are carrying a pretty hefty camera. If you’re using a full frame, you can go for the LITE version instead.

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The strap is padded, fairly wide, and it’s made of a seat belt-like material.

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The adjustment mechanism is clever and easy to tweak.

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The strap comes with a base that’s compatible with the SL-2.

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The actual quick release clip is ergonomic, though it’s a little on the tight side (to ensure a strong connection).

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Very nice microfiber bag that comes along with the strap.

I’m really looking forward to using my Peak Design strap soon. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

The Computer History Museum

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Continuing our quest to find more inspiration, our team went to the Computer History Museum this afternoon. Let me first start off by saying that this was an incredible experience, and I highly recommend that you go with a group of engineers. It was pretty fun watching Joe and Rudy geeking out over all the hardware and the history. I have to admit, it was eye opening and the museum gave me much more context on how and why our technology exists.

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The museum wasn’t an architectural marvel (compared to MOMA SF), but it had so much substance.

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The information is pretty dense, so expect to carve out at least 2-3 hours to go through everything.

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To be honest, you could probably spend even more time here if you really wanted to dive deeper. There’s a lot to absorb.

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What you’re seeing are the early calculators. Everything was manually driven, and they were used to help aid people do math. In this particular case, this device was used to perform insurance calculations.

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Man, I remember my mom using the abacus when I was a kid.

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Some of these machines seem so alien. This one was called “Tim”, otherwise as the Time is Money Calculator from 1910.

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These were smaller, portable calculators. you had to crank them, and they would help you perform calculations on the fly. People would try to take them apart to see how they work, and could never put them back together. There were over 600 parts in each one, all intricately connected together.

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The calculators continued to evolve, so did automation.

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Most of the early computers was used to track time and calculate compensation for workers.

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The founder of IBM’s motto was “Think”. Kind of interesting and somewhat motivating. Everyone should have this as a poster somewhere.

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Joe described this as the birth of our first monitors. This machine would literally draw mathematical formulas on graph paper.

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And as crude as this looks, this was the beginning of circuitry. Everything was manually connected, and cooled with some sort of industrial fan. Could you imagine trying to debug something?

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As much as we love today’s technology, we owe most of the innovation to the military. Early on, technology was used to model ballistics. And yeh, technology has a dark history when you start looking at how it’s been used.

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This was the ENIGMA, a machine that encrypted messages for the Nazis. Apparently, it was taken from a German submarine and was later decoded by Alan Turning. By cracking the intercepted codes, the world was able to defeat the Nazis.

The sad thing was that Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts and was chemically castrated. Two years later, he committed suicide. A mathematical genius that saved the world was brutally punished for being gay.

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Computers used to be the size of rooms. You’d think that this was a giant data center, but it’s just an early computer.

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Some of this stuff is just so amazing to look at. As time progressed, circuitry design became more sophisticated. Who else thinks this is art?

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Look at all those buttons. Who wouldn’t want to play with that?

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The earliest machine that visually tagged things.

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It’s crazy that everything was controlled using tubes. The designs are hypnotic.

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This was a particularly fun part of the exhibit—data storage. It’s funny that CDs are now obsolete.

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Seriously, do you guys remember hi-density, double sided floppy drives? It’s f’n insane how far we’ve come. I’ll just give you a minute to soak this in. This disk was a scaled-down version of IBM’s 8″ disk, and held 1.2 MB.

1.2 MB!!!

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In contrast, the earliest forms of storage were punch cards and paper tape.

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Yes, that green thing was a state-of-the-art calculator.

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This is a visualization of how programming languages evolved. It shows about 150 of the thousands of languages that have been invented.

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As time progresses, technology miniaturizes… and parallel processing begins.

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This was one of the early consumer facing computer products, designed to store recipes for house wives. None were sold.

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And of course Moore’s “Law”. It seems it’s more of a marketing scheme than actual fact. Joe explained that for the first time in history, we are no longer exponentially advancing. I need to investigate this a little more. I’m not sure exactly what all of it means, but it’s fascinating.

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This shows how a silicon ingot becomes a computer chip. Check out how they’re made here.

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Here’s a micro-chip under tremendous magnification.

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Then we checked out some robotics.

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I have a new found appreciation for all the effort that went into building this machine.

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This was a really fun part of the exhibit—gaming. Joe explained how the gaming industry has really pushed graphic technology forward. In many ways, gaming has pioneered virtual reality.

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This, my friend, was my childhood. I loved the gold version of zelda—what a brilliant concept.

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And yes, that’s Dr. Mario over there! This brings back so many memories. I can’t believe that I grew up during this time.

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The Atari—it was before my time, but I recall some kids with it.

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And this one is for you old timers.

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No museum would be complete without including Apple.

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Here’s a Commodore, running off a tape. Say whaaaaaaaaat???

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Variations of all the early computers, designed for consumers.

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And here are the tablets before the iPads.

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And the sub-notebooks before the Macbook Airs.

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And the greatest moment in modern history, the iPhone. Anyone still have their original? Don’t sell it—keep it forever. I was stupid and sold mine. Doh!

This museum really opened up my eyes—I can’t believe how much effort went into the computer I’m using to blog this instance. We live in such an incredible time, and I’m so happy to be experiencing it.

Okay, let’s end it here. That was a lot to go through. If you’re ever in town, you should definitely go check this exhibit out.

Blogging

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One of my buddies, Kent, was interested in starting a blog like mine and he asked me what I used. So, let’s cut right to it.

Here are the sites/tools I use:
WordPress (blogging platform)
• Dreamhost (for hosting my site and some images)
Godaddy (for hosting my domain)
Flickr (for hosting most of my high quality photos)
Marsedit (my OS X native client for blogging)
IA Writer (for drafting longer form posts)
Tweetfeed (for auto publishing my posts to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
Dreamweaver (kind of embarrassing)
Coda (yep, keeping’ it alive)
Macbook 11″ Early 2010 (I use either this or a Macbook Pro 15″)

So, what’s the best way to blog and share photos? Well, this blog was created using WordPress. You can do a ton with WP, but I’ll warn you—it’s a serious pain to customize the design. In addition, posting and publishing with photos isn’t super efficient… unless you have an special client for it.

Blogging Alternatives
If you created a blog today, I’d say Tumblr would be decent. They definitely make it easier to post, and their mobile client was dead simple. I’d also say Medium would be an excellent alternative. In fact, if I were to start a blog today, I’d probably go with Medium first. There’s a little stigma tied to it, but honestly, they make writing and posting dead simple.

Photos
As for hosting photos, there’s really no winner in this department. For me, I’m still using Flickr. It works with my OS X client, MarsEdit. If you only post photos, Instagram would probably be the best way to go, but the downside is that the photos are low-resolution. Unfortunately, there’s no great answer here.

Blogging for the Long Term
If you’re deciding to start up a blog, just know that you won’t get as much reward as posting content on Facebook or Instagram. There’s a good chance that you’ll stop because there are no engagement/reward loops. For example, you’ll start up a blog, and then after 3 months you’ll grow tired of it.

Now that you know the draw backs, go out there and start blogging. And let me know if you guys can recommend any better tools for me to use. There are days where I would love to move to another blogging platform, but I always end up coming back to wordpress. *sigh*

The Origins of jeffwongdesign.com
I’d like to thank Foo for getting me into blogging. Jeffwongdesign.com is about 8 years, and sharing here has been refreshing. Foo always described a blog as being a playground with no real rules. It’s nice to have a place where you can write and post whatever/whenever, without anyone looking over your shoulder. It’s also kind of cool walk down memory lane and browse through old posts on occasion. ^_^

Apple iPhone 7

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Ah, the new iPhone 7. I’m really looking forward to the using the new dual camera. It’s going to be interesting to see how apps will creatively use these new features.

Yeh, I’ll probably get one, but I’ll wait until I’m up for a renewal in November.

As for the new wireless headphones, I’m actually relieved that they’re going in that direction. The damn cords with the old iPhones were just annoying. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, so it’s probably something that I’ll spring for as well.

Anyone else getting the 7? If so, what color?

Possible Apple Smartwatch with 2.5 Screen

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Apple will reportedly launch its smartwatch as early as October, after kicking off production in July, according to a new report from Reuters. The smartwatch will have a 2.5-inch screen, according to the news organization’s sources, which will arch up from the band and be “slightly rectangular,” and it’ll feature touchscreen controls and wireless charging.
Techcrunch

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Apple will introduce a smartwatch with a display that likely measures 2.5 inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, one of the sources said. The source added that the watch face will protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape, and will feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities.
Business Insider

I think I’ll hold off on the Rolex for now and see what Apple comes around with. I’m digging the simplicity of the band.

Ps. I’m very interested in their phablet 5.5″ iPhone (rumored to come out this year).