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!
Kicking off the series is regular reader Daniel Greg
1. As this blog covers a lot of Mac related products what was your first Apple product that you bought?
My MacBook that I am using to this very day – I got it I think a week after they upgraded the iBooks so it is a Core Duo 1.83GHz, pretty much base model and I upgraded to 1.25 gigs of RAM. A credit to the Mac is how this handles pretty much anything I throw at it!
2. On a similar theme, but moving forward what will be the next Apple product that you buy?
A new iMac, unless I get a huge financial influx, in which case I’ll get a Mac Pro but im fairly sure its going to be one of the new flashy iMacs.
3. Do you have an all time favourite Apple product or Mac application?
Being a developer, Im going to be boring here and say xCode and Interface Builder. They are absolutely top class developing environments and to get them for free is a big bonus, I couldn’t live without them.
4. The blog also covers other subjects, so do you have any specific interests or hobbies that keep you busy?
I like to keep myself busy. I am a SCUBA diver and underwater photographer (my mostly unused flickr: ); I have been playing guitar for 5 years and play in a band, for whom I also write songs; I play golf off a handicap of 21 but I dont take it seriously enough to really improve; I game a fair bit, mainly Counterstrike source; I am a big Southampton FC fan, so I go down to St Marys, more than I should do, to catch the game; I am also a keen actor and singer. I am usually in one show or another, I am currently Javert in a production of “Les Miserables” and then I’m set to play guitar in “We Will Rock You”, the musical; As I am not making any money out of it (yet) I think my software development counts as a hobby; I also do a few software reviews for appsformacs; and of course like anyone my age (18) just hanging out with mates, going up the pub etc.
5. What would be your all time favourite technology gadget?
I’m afraid Im not much use on the all-time part :p, but when I was 6 my dad bought me and my brother the Playstation. Much to his dismay, I fell in love with video gaming and have been fairly hooked ever since.
6. How do you pay the bills, or if you are studying what are your future plans to pay the bills?
Well at the moment Im a student, but Im looking to launch my company Crimson Sky Software, in the coming weeks, its just a small shareware company but hopefully that will help me pay for my iMac. In the far distant future I will probably pursue software engineering as a career.
7. What three words or phrases would your friends use to describe you?
Busy, committed but good fun (I hope!)
8. Anything else you want to share with us?
CrimsonSkySoftware is in the process of being designed but there is a temporary site and blog up, if you want to follow the process of launching I will keep the blog updated and everything will soon be moved over to the new design, but please check it out.
I also twitter a bunch: www.twitter.com/dtm3dd, so if your ever curious as to why im still at my macbook then Im sure you will find out there.