Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on Your Mac

5:15 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Science Projects for Desktop Macs

Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.

My 4 Favorite Features of OS X El Capitan

6:00 PM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

4 Favorite El Capitan features

There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.

The Classic Macintosh GUI and its Evolution With the Internet

3:15 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The Evolution of the Mac GUI

In the early 1980s, expert computer users worked (struggled) with their PCs and workstations on the command line. Back then, Steve Jobs instinctively knew that in order for ordinary people to use a computer at home and school, a revolutionary graphical user interface would be required. But now, 30 years later, vastly more powerful computers connected on the Internet have dramatically changed how we can interact with them and each other. How has the classic Mac GUI both stood up and also changed with the times?

Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

7:15 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.

One Month Report: Why I’m Loving my Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.

Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

2:30 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.

How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

3:15 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it.  It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes.