2012.06 Editorial: Off the Mousepad

By Holly McEntee

A quick hello this time, and apologies for the lateness of the newsletter — completely on me — there's been a couple of major demands on my time these past few weeks. One of them which was a joy was finishing Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. I have the hardcopy book rather than an e-book, and as some of you may know it's a pretty hefty tome, but it was very readable. I don't read a lot of biographies because in my experience they are often poorly written and boring. Not this one! Even as a life-time Apple devotee, I learned things about Steve Jobs the person, his history and demons, Apple, NeXT, and Pixar (especially the relationship with Disney) that I did not know before. I really liked learning more about Tim Cook and Jon Ive as they are portrayed in the book — you can read a long interview / article of Jon Ive's thoughts and feelings about design and Apple — and was somewhat surprised at how much Bill Gates contributed to Walter Isaacson's narrative. I highly recommend it, if you haven't already read it, but perhaps this is one case where the advantages of e-books outweigh (get it?) the traditional model.

This month at Mad Mac we'll be learning about iCloud, which will replace MobileMe come the end of the month. If you want to do a little homework before the meeting, here's an article about how to prepare for the end of MobileMe.

I'm also hoping we'll have some information from Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference to talk about — it will be taking place June 11-15, and updates on Mountain Lion, iOS 6, and new Macs are expected. I'm excited, and you should be too.

See you on the 13th.


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