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Monthly Archives: June 2008
Although still costing $99 per year (with a free 60-day trial), the idea is that MobileMe is less a separate service and more of an extension of what you already do on your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPod touch. For example, your email messages and mailboxes will apparently instantly be the same, whether on your iPhone or your computer, a feature that many users should welcome with open arms. And, contacts and calendar items will sync automatically.
Exactly. While some of the geek pundits are downplaying MobileMe and the cost, they keep listening to the echo chamber and not paying attention to the core market .Mac served and MobileMe is going to dominate. For me, the improvements announced today are wonderful — assuming Apple comes through in delivering AND delivers them in a reliable form.
So I’ll likely give it a few weeks, then hook up a family pack (for myself, Laurie and mom to each have their own environment) and move my email from my hosting service and google over to MobileMe. For something that’s (a) tightly integrated, (b) reliable, (c) works appropriately between the web, my macs (plural), and my iPhone (when I buy it), that’s worth the money.
Yeah, I COULD patch it all together, and in fact, I have for the most part, having used things like gmail, google calendar, google bookmarks, Spanning Sync or Plaxo or whatever… But to pay a few bucks to let someone else do the grunt work and to have a single support contact for everything? let the geeks geek, I want to USE the damn thing, not maintain it.
And this is one of those places where the echo chamber of geekdom falls down badly. It’s never gotten .Mac, and I’m sure .Mac’s going to get ripped for the price (again), lack of social networking tools, etc, etc. What they don’t get is that a huge audience doesn’t care about or want those features. Their idea of social networking is passing around email to church group members and coordinating calendars for play dates and little league, and sending photos to grandma in Sun City.
So Apple’s never gotten much geekcred for .Mac, but keep getting good numbers of happy, paying customers. And now, it takes a quantum leap forward, and starts integrating the cloud into Mac OS X. This opens the door to all sorts of things down the road beyond “exchange for the masses”.
I love it. and I love the new iPhone. Both will be part of my toolbox in the next few months, once they prove themselves out.
To all the folks back at Apple who worked their butts off to build this, way to go. I like it.
We buried dad friday at the Riverside National Cemetery, the busiest cemetery in the U.S. they had 73 burials planned that day, so things might seem hectic there, but they did an awesome job of not making people feel rushed or going through the motions. Color guard, taps.
We’ve hired the caterer and the mariachis and ordered a cake for the wake, which will be the 14th, his birthday. I’ll be headed back down again next weekend for that, then hopefully life will return to some semblance of normal. The last couple of months, honestly, have turned into a bit of a blur.
To those of you who’ve written, called, emailed, twitted, and whatevered — thanks. It’s helped. I hope to thank everyone personally, but in case I miss something or misplaced something along the way (quite possible in the chaos of the moment), here’s a thank you for all the kind thoughts.
My dad died today, quietly and not in pain. His body was just too frail to recover from the complications that set in with the triple-bypass. He had a feeling the end was near, I can’t tell you how many of his friends have told me in the last month that he felt he’d had a good life with no regrets, with his classic laugh and a smile. Fortunately for him, once the decline set in, it didn’t take long — as much as he loved life, he really hated doctors and hospitals, and being kept alive by machines was his real horror story, and we worked with the medical staff to accommodate him on that where we reasonably could. Everyone involved with Kaiser on this impressed the hell out of me, and have my thanks and respect.
I went down to help out the family when he went in for the tests and stayed around through the surgery, went down again in a hurry last week when things started to go the wrong way — and after coming up yesterday to get home for a bit, am headed down again tomorrow to help with the arrangements and to be there for the burial.
He went to Stanford (and hated when they changed their mascot to Cardinal, and never forgave them), drove a tank while helping to liberate Manilla, then spent significant time in Europe.
Dad was always a newspaperman, in the classic style, working for Stars and Stripes in Berlin during the airlift, and later as part of the first non-military-controlled paper for troops (which did not endear him to the establishment, something he loved doing…). Later on, he took over the family newspaper, until the industry changed enough that the town weekly basically went extinct — as I’ve said before, those of you who think the struggles of the newspapers is a new thing simply haven’t been paying attention; it’s been going on for 50 or more years, and this is just the latest phase.
Former board member and past president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, active in historical preservation in orange county, later on in life a teacher — and proud to be seemingly the only liberal in the county, or so it seemed at times. Even more proud of his 50+ years together with my mom, and the times and travels they took together.
And so he’s written his final byline, and I speak for my entire family when I say we miss him but that we’re glad the suffering is done. It was a bit of a rough few days for all of us, but it’s starting to head back towards normal. Thanks to everyone who’ve popped in with kind words via email or twitter or IM or carrier pigeon; it’s nice to know people care, and it helps.
Burial is probably this weekend, and per his request will be private and family only; also per his request we’re planning a more public get together — including mariachis — for his extended (very extended) set of friends and compadres. If you know my dad and you’re hearing about this here, my apologies, it’s been a bit chaotic and we’re still digging through things to find contact info for everyone (and drop me a note if you need info to the wake).
Wherever he is, you can bet he’s making the local city council crazy, pounding away on a manual Royal typewriter, and playing catch with Pierre, his standard poodle that preceded him by a few years, and getting ready to watch the Lakers in the finals.
And over the next few weeks, life will start to return to normal, only quieter and a little less interesting for all of us that were influenced by him and proud to call him friend.
Rest in Peace, dad, you did good, and have earned the rest.