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. 

How My New MacBook Speaks to Me

5:30 PM, Apr. 29th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

No, this isn't an article about speech synthesis. Instead, John Martellaro talks about his first, hands-on reactions to his new MacBook. And guess what?  It really is speaking to him—in a design sense.

James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.

How I Changed My Mind About Apple’s MacBook

3:45 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

My first reaction to the new Apple MacBook was that it's too small and underpowered. But if I did get one, I'd surely get a gold one. Now that I've handled a MacBook at my local Apple Store, everything I thought before has changed. Here's what I discovered. 

Here’s 5 Things Apple Could Do Better in 2015

5:30 PM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

5 things Apple could do better in 2015

Apple does most things right, but here are the five things that press John Martellaro's hot buttons. He'd like Apple to fix them in 2015 once and for all. Come along for the ride. (Warning: it gets bumpy.)

Mac Owners Should Hold Off on New Samsung T1 Flash SSD

4:30 PM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

First experience with Samsung T1 Flash SSD

On January 20, Samsung announced what appears to be an exceptional new storage product, a one ounce USB 3 external Flash drive, essentially a portable Flash SSD, called the T1. John Martellaro did some testing and explains why Mac owners should defer a decision on this new product until more details are sorted out.

My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part II

4:35 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Searching for a new display, Part II

John Martellaro has completed his search for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. In the first installment, he described how the Apple Thunderbolt display was not a strong candidate and was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part II, the final verdict comes in.

My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part I

2:20 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Searching for a new Mac Pro display

John Martellaro has been hunting for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. The Apple Thunderbolt display would normally be a strong candidate, but it was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part I, John explains the research he did in preparation for a new display.

How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From the Trash

4:45 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly.  John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.