Week 9 and it is Wayne’s turn to share some information with us:
1. As this blog covers a lot of Mac related products what was your first Apple product that you bought?
My first Apple product was an iPod nano. I had used a old mp3 player from iRiver before, with a whopping 256Meg of memory, then, a friend of my daughters showed me her iPod mini. I thought that was the coolest thing around, so for Christmas 2005 I asked for, and received, an iPod Nano. I never thought that I would need anything more than a 4 Gig player, after all I was upgrading from 256 Megs. Now I really, really want an 80 Gig!
After that it was all halo effect. I got a Mac mini. Loved it, booted the PC and never looked back. Now I’m typing away on a 24″ iMac alongside a 24″ Dell LCD. Nirvana.
2. On a similar theme, but moving forward what will be the next Apple product that you buy?
My next Apple purchase will be a new, post Sept. 5th, iPod Video for my daughters 16th birthday. Gave her the choice, a party, or an iPod and a Lake Champlain Cruise. She chose the latter. I think I got off the cheaper way. I, too, however would still like an iPod video. Major purchases, though, would be to make sure each kid has their own MacBook. Kit has the Mac mini, so that would be 2 MacBooks to buy.
3. Do you have an all time favourite Apple product or Mac application?
Way, way too open of a question. I have so many. Without my iMac, I couldn’t have favorite apps, so I’d have to say this beautiful iMac. By far the nicest computer I’ve ever owned. Before, I always built my own PC’s. The last PC I actually bought was an IBM PS/2 Model 25. (The one that was supposed to take the place of the Mac since it was all in one?) But application? One I use most often is probably iTunes and QTPro, but the one I like the most would have to be Aperture. But seriously, I could go on and on!
4. The blog also covers other subjects, so do you have any specific interests or hobbies that keep you busy?
Photography and reading and watching movies and Dr. Who. I love photography, and would have never gotten this far into it had it not been for this site and 4Frames & Friends. I’ve always have been a big reader. Right now I’m reading The Blair Years by Alastair Campbell. Incredibly interesting, but not very engaging
5. What would be your all time favourite technology gadget?
My DSL Modem. No, hear me out. Boring. Yes. But where would we all be without it? (Be it DSL, Cable or Dialâ€“Up?) Don’t have any mobiles or the like, so ya, my little modem
6. How do you pay the bills, or if you are studying what are your future plans to pay the bills?
I’ve been an aircraft mechanic on the big jets for many, many years. I’ve been on disability lately, though, after a very scary, debilitating disease. When the Mayo Clinic could not help, I applied for and got relief from the man. Otherwise, my wife is a Speech/Language Pathologist in our local school district. Luckily, we don’t even own a credit card and own our own house, so that gives me time to play on the Mac!
7. What three words or phrases would your friends use to describe you?
Packed full of useless information. Dedicated. Tired. 🙂
8. Anything else you want to share with us?
I’m usually late, but at least try to be interesting and know what I’m talking about. (I also think they are a lot of idiots in this world, present company excluded, of course. 🙂 )
About These Interviews
A significant attraction for me in blogging is the ‘community’ that it creates. I am never going to be ‘up there’ with the young bloggers – I am not going to be that attractive to your average teenage blog reader, I actually don’t want to be as I find a lot of the stuff that interests them remarkably shallow and insipid, and I am perfectly happy with the slightly more mature (mentally and/or physically) reader that I attract.
I have ‘met’ some great people through the blog, some I communicate with daily, others much less frequently, but collectively they add to the enjoyment and satisfaction I get from blogging.
This series of interviews is a way of you getting to know each other better, and hopefully attract more of you to participate in the blog. I know there are a lot more of you out there that read the site regularly but don’t comment. That is your right of course, but trust me there are a really great bunch of readers around that I am sure you would get on with.
If you want to be included in this series please just email me either with your answers to these 8 questions or with any questions you may have.
And finally, thanks to all the readers who have participated in this series, and thanks to all of you for reading. I will do a long post at the end of the series with all the interviews so you can catch up easily on any that you miss, or get a great overview of some of the common answers, and some of the wildly different answers!