Timothy B. Smith Presents:

A web-column about comics, Star Wars, Apple, technology, movies, and other geekery.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Version 4.0.0

Dear Reader,

Just wanted to let you know that I redesigned the site over the weekend. I’m calling it Version 4.0.0, but it’s probably more of a 3.5.0. This site has gone through so many iterations over the years, that a lot of the bones stay exactly the same, just the aesthetics change.

Anyway, if you normally read from your RSS reader, click through and take a look. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

New iPad Pros Are Faster Than Most Notebook PCs

John Gruber on the iPad Pro:

Apple bragged during the iPad Pro introduction that they are faster than 92 percent of notebook PCs sold in the last year. That’s not so funny when you consider that “PCs”, in this formulation, includes MacBooks. iPads were popular and useful when they were much slower than typical notebooks. Now they’re faster than all but the highest-end notebook PCs.

To be honest, I don’t know how to feel about this. I’m not 100 percent sure if my iPad Pro is faster than my new MacBook Pro, but I’d rather not know. There’s always talk that Apple may move to making its own chips for the Mac, and information like this makes that possible reality all that more appealing.

The iPad is a great device, and an essential one for me. However, as Ben Brooks points out, the iPad seems geared toward a niche group of professionals. With the addition of USB-C, it’s never been easier to import photos from my fancy camera. In fact, I could see a photographer not needing any other device in their workflow. However, front-end development or audio editing are still not easy things to do on the iPad, and the lack of access to the file system is a non-starter for many.

At the end of the day, this crazy performance is great and all, but I don’t think it’s a “pro” device just yet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shawn Blanc Explains Managing Your Pictures With iCloud Photo Library

Shawn Blanc on The Sweet Setup:

What would you guess was the average answer for how many photos people have in their iPhone camera roll?

Believe it or not, on average, people said they have 30,285 photos in their iPhone Camera Roll. What normal person with any sort of life has the time or energy to sort and organize 30,000 photos on their phone? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

On the recommendation of The Sweet Setup, I made the switch to iCloud Photo Library about two months ago. I have nowhere near thirty thousand photos, but even with a library of around 3,500, Apple Photos has already been a far greater experience than my previous method (files and folders in Dropbox, like an animal).

As Shawn points out, I love how much I don’t have to do with iCloud Photo Library. My photos sync automatically, the For You tab is always showing me photos that I look back on fondly, sharing pictures I take with friends or family is incredibly easy, and those memory videos are great.

If you’re a photography enthusiast (and you’re on iOS), there’s nothing better than Apple Photos.

J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX a ‘Course Correction’ After Disappointing Box Office Numbers for Solo

L.D. Nolan reporting for CBR:

A new report indicates that Lucasfilm hopes Star Wars: Episode IX will put the franchise back on the right track after a disappointing box office haul for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo only earned a little over $392 million worldwide upon its release in May. The film is currently the least successful in the history of the Star Wars franchise and may have lost Disney over $50 million. Alden Ehrenreich, the actor who plays Solo in the film, is signed on for three films with Disney, which means he could still return to the role in some capacity in other spinoff films set during that time period. However, Solo itself is unlikely to get a sequel.

While Solo wasn’t an exceptional film, it was still good. I enjoyed it a lot more than Rogue One. It’s not fair to judge a film so harshly when the original directors left, and Ron Howard proceeded to reshoot most of the film.

I should add, assigning J.J. Abrams to put Star Wars back on the right track is a disappointing strategy. For the life of me, I can’t find the link of where I said it, but J.J. is the safe bet. And that’s no disrespect to the spectacular job he did rebooting this favorite franchise of mine. But after Rian Johnson’s wonderful and different The Last Jedi, I wanted more of that.

One thing is for sure, I don’t envy Kathleen Kennedy’s job. Star Wars fans are hard to please.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Person Dave Rupert Wants to Be

Dave Rupert on his personal blog:

I had a slew of vociferous tech industry blog posts queued up, but luckily I feel like caught myself going down a bad path(sic). I realized that wasn’t the kind of blogger I wanted to be. I realized that the people I admire most don’t only criticize technology they dislike. Rather, they amplify the things they enjoy. I want to be that type of person.

I had a similar realization. We get to decide what type of person we want to be. There’s no shortage of negativity, cynicism, or much worse. But if this site is a reflection of my personality, I want that reflection to be filled with kindness, optimism, positivity, and the vast number of things I appreciate.

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