My 3-year keyboard nightmare is over

Typing on my 2016 MBP upsets me. For three years that keyboard has disappointed me every time I was forced to touch it. Fumbling for the-area-in-which-the-Escape-key-should-be on the Touchbar has been the opposite of pleasant. Every time I've had to look at my hands to find the arrow keys I…

Reunited with the iPad Mini

I used an iPad mini for a short time when it was first released. I loved it, but eventually fell for the siren song of bigger-better-faster so I upgraded and upgraded and upgraded and ended up with the giant 12.9" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Pencil 2. The…

My Mac is awesome, so why worry?

Nearly everything about my Mac experience is wonderful. macOS is, in my experience, far superior to the alternatives for my needs. My new iMac is big, beautiful, and a joy to both look at and use. My 2016 MacBook Pro is solid, svelte, gorgeous, and tight. I've never used a…

FiiO M9 Portable High-Resolution Audio Player

I'm old, and thus prefer my music to be either pressed onto vinyl or carefully filed into folders on hard drives. Ever since I started using Roon for managing and playing music, I've been more aware of the advantages of using higher-res, lossless files. I'm no audiophile, but I do…

The self-deceit of "Future Proofing"

There are tricks we use to convince ourselves to buy the newest, most powerful devices. I myself have an entire quiver full of these tricks. I've read a number of posts recently in which someone claims that buying the biggest, fastest iPad, iPhone, MacBook, etc. will "future proof" their purchase.…

First impressions of the Kobo Forma eReader

I tend to try each new generation of Kindle from Amazon and that remained true with the newest model, the 7" Oasis. I don't love the Oasis. Its metallic finish feels cold in hand. And sharp, somehow. I do like the larger 7" screen. It has hardware buttons for turning…

Ejecting a CD stuck in an Apple SuperDrive

Since setting up my Roon system, I've been re-ripping all my CDs to FLAC format. My Apple SuperDrive stopped reliably ejecting CDs so I ordered another one, which developed the same problem. Every 2nd or 3rd disk would fail to eject and I'd have to retry a few times. Finally,…

A Drastic Keyboard Change

I have always been a keyboard guy. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used big, clicky, important keyboards. The way a keyboard feels and sounds has always been, well, key to my typing enjoyment. Then along comes the iPad and its Smart Keyboard. Now that I’m…

Kindle 1st Edition

The first Kindle from AmazonIt was a bright, defrosted, pussy-willow day at the onset of spring, and the newlyweds were driving cross-country in a large roast turkey.When my long-preordered first-generation Kindle finally arrived in 2007, it seemed like magic. One of the first books I bought for it was…