NASA Aerospace Engineer Dr. Craig Hunter - TMO BGM Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Craig Hunter on Background Mode

Dr. Craig Hunter is an aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia with research experience in experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, and aeroacoustics.  He has developed technology-enabling software tools and analysis methods for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, aerodynamic design, and jet noise prediction.

In 2008, Craig founded Hunter Research and Technology to create innovative and compelling apps for the fledgling Apple iPhone, namely Theodolite, Pro Compass and Nav Camera.

Craig is an expert pressing high-end Macs into service for scientific computations. We chatted about his Ph.D work, work at NASA in CFD and jet engine noise simulations, his recent computational review of a US$31,000 2019 Mac Pro, and his iOS app side-business and how that market has changed over the years. Heady stuff.

You Can 3D Print This Mac Pro Wheel Stopper

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A mild controversy with the Mac Pro is that the wheels don’t come with locks, which is something to keep in mind if you’re the type to put a wheeled device on your desk. My opinion is that you probably shouldn’t put any wheeled device on any surface higher than the ground. But if that’s something you want to do and you have a 3D printer, someone uploaded plans for a Mac Pro wheel stopper on Thingiverse.

You Can 3D Print This Mac Pro Wheel Stopper

TMO Contributor John Kheit (#4) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

John Kheit on Background Mode.

John Kheit is a New York attorney and a regular contributor to The Mac Observer. We share many common interests, including the 4K/UHD/HDR TV revolution, 8K TV and displays, Wi-Fi/5G technologies and the state of Apple.

In this special edition, I interview John about his new 2019 Mac Pro. I asked John about the configuration he ordered, what substitutions he made (graphics card), his add-on SSD, and whether he bought the Pro Display XDR. John shared lots of technical tidbits: a changed initial order, his total outlay, details of the T2 security chip, the various kinds (layer configurations) of SSDs, his display setup and observations about the cooling system. If you’re planning to purchase a new Mac Pro, this conversation is essential listening.

AI vs. Machine Learning, Thoughts on Our New Macs, Oak Island - ACM 525

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, including the state of both today. They also talk about their new Macs— John got a new 28-core Mac Pro, while Bryan has a new iMac—and whether or not they like their new purchases. The cap the show by catching up on The Curse of Oak Island TV show on History.

Questions I Would Have Asked During Apple's Earnings Report

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple and a Big Pile of Cash

Apple conducted its Q1 2020 Earnings Report on January 28. After the opening statements by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri, the session was opened to Q&A with financial analysts. But there were some questions that didn’t get asked.

Logitech Offers 4K Magnetic Webcam for Pro Display XDR

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Logitech created a 4K magnetic webcam specifically for Apple’s Pro Display XDR you can use with the 2019 Mac Pro. Apple didn’t include a webcam in the display, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It will be used in environments like music studios where people cover up the webcams anyway. But Logitech’s solution is elegant, with an anodized aluminum finish that won’t look out of place with on Apple device. The magnet is strong enough to stay on even if you put the XDR display in portrait mode, and the screen image will automatically rotate along with it. You can buy it for US$199.

Logitech Offers 4K Magnetic Webcam for Pro Display XDR

Mac Pro Gets High Score in iFixit Teardown

· Andrew Orr · Link

iFixit recently completed its teardown of the Mac Pro, giving it a repairability score of 9 out of 10.

The Mac is back and more Pro than ever, throwing away the cylindrical “trash can” design in favor of something that resembles a computer. Its appearance may harken to the original Mac Pro from 2006, but can it compare in the repairability department? We dropped six thousand dollars and one block of hard cheddar to find out. Let’s tear it down.

They listed two negative things: The SSD cards are modular and custom-made by Apple. This could make replacing them a bit complicated. And it could be expensive to replace a part that isn’t on Apple’s already-limited list of approved repairs.

Jonathan Morrison Reviews the Mac Pro With Music Professionals

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

This is a great review to me because it puts it in the hands of professionals who can make the most out of a machine this powerful. Although it is about the power, it’s less of a “speeds and feeds” review (or at least less rote listing of specs) and more of how much work you can throw at it.

This covers 28-Core performance in Logic Pro X with over a hundred tracks, hundreds of plugins and casually creating a song from start to finish in 2 hours. There was a lot of doubt with the state of audio with the Mac Pro including Catalina stability but the results surprised me.

Mac Pro's Different Pricing Options

· Charlotte Henry · News

2019 Mac Pro

There are lots of different pricing options for the newly released Mac Pro, with upgrades possible to the processor, RAM, GPU, and storage.