My First Mac

A lot of people are writing about their first Mac, so why not me too?

My first Mac — the very one I’m sitting in front of as I type this — is this one:

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My first Mac is the same Mac that I bought almost 6 years ago, in October 2008. It was among the first aluminum unibody Macs, the design of which is still seen today in the MacBook Pros. (In fact, Apple added the “Pro” surname to the MacBook in 2009.) The aluminum MacBook was introduced at a special event on Apple’s campus, which also happened to be the one and only instance when — to my knowledge, anyway — Jony Ive spoke publicly.


2013: The Year When My Low Self-Esteem Rose to An All-Time High

Earlier tonight, I was listening to this week’s episode of CMD+Space, in which host Myke Hurley was chatting with guest Glenn Fleishman about, among other things, the Kickstarter project for his digital periodical, The Magazine. I tweeted that not only did I back Glenn’s project as a show of support for indie journalism, but also because The Magazine is, to me, rooted deeply in my heart with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings.


Tim Cook Talks Accessibility

In accepting Auburn’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Apple’s CEO says:

[P]eople with disabilities often find themselves in a struggle to have their human dignity acknowledged; they’re frequently left in the shadows of technological advancements that are a source of empowerment and attainment for others. But Apple’s engineers pushed back against this unacceptable reality; they go to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from blindness and deafness, to various muscular disorders.

Cook’s mention of accessibility starts at the 4:35 mark of the video.


‘Become a Hero’

Stephen Hackett writes about St. Jude and his son’s battle with cancer:

A week from today, tens of thousands of people from around the world will run races, winding across the city of Memphis to raise money for St. Jude.

Over the past four and a half years, the hospital has spent millions on my son’s treatment. He’s had four brain operations, 18 rounds of chemotherapy, over a dozen MRIs, countless CT scans and is still undergoing weekly rehabilitation services.



30 Things I’m Thankful For

What follows is my take on a list that my friend Karen put together on her own blog.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, so why not list them too, right?


  1. I’m thankful that I go to bed every night only to wake up the next morning.
  2. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head that, thanks to my uncle’s living trust, will someday be mine.
  3. Speaking of my uncle, I’m thankful to be as close as we are, despite the fact he drives me crazy in more ways than one.

This Third Time Most Certainly Isn’t Charmed

She was a mother to five, biologically. I was number six.

But what a sixth kid I was to her. She taught me that you needn’t share DNA to be family — and, believe me, if you knew my familial background, you’d know how much that lesson has meant to me over the years. I was just like another son to her, and just another brother — “kuya”1 — to her daughters, my sisters. We’re family. We’ve laughed together, cried together, spent holidays together, and been there for each other, through times good and bad. She’d yell at me just as much as she’d yell at any one of her own kids, but she’d always preface it with the disclaimer that if she didn’t care, she wouldn’t yell. The ultimate backhanded compliment.


‘You Have a Reputation’

CJ Chilvers gets it right:

Marketing phrases like “personal brand” come and go, and are mostly the work of marketers who believe to own something, you must re-name it.

Go back decades before such buzzwords pervaded our lives and you’ll find the foundation of this concept was more simply called your “reputation.”

I like to think, in both of my careers, that I’ve earned a good reputation.

(via Shawn Blanc)

My Minor Role in a Major Success

Issue 27 of The Magazine went out today. Moreover, this week The Magazine celebrates its 1st birthday. It was a year ago that Marco Arment announced his new project to the nerd world. It's a special time for everyone involved with the publication, editors and contributors and readers alike.

I write about this occasion because, personally, I have a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings towards The Magazine. Marco and Glenn Fleishman — the gentleman to whom Marco sold the publication — gave me my first shot at published authorship, which in turn gave me the courage to take a massive leap of faith, and turn that taste of success into a full-fledged writing career. For that, I owe both men a huge debt of gratitude, because were it not for their willingness to take on my story, I wouldn't be where I am today.


More Thoughts on Yesterday’s Release Notes Thing

Since posting my thoughts yesterday on the Camera+ release notes controversy, that post has proved incredibly popular, and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on Twitter. Some positive, some not so much. I wanted to take a minute to explain why I felt so strongly about deleting Camera+ from my iPhone, since a few people have questioned my decision to do so.


‘The Giant Leap’

Chris Gonzales ponders what his next move will be after a big life change:

So What Happens Next?

Maybe it’s a sign for me to finally start chasing all the dreams I’ve been too scared to try until now. Maybe it’s time to take a chance, to do something better and more meaningful with my life. I have no good reason not to at least try — my hand has already been forced.

The above passage struck a chord with me, as it reminds me of how I got to where I am today.