Today in the second of the series of Regular Reader interviews we hear from Darren “Macwingnut” Rolfe
1. As this blog covers a lot of Mac related products what was your first Apple product that you bought?
iMac G3 333Mhz Grape. (Still have it, but hard drive dead!)
2. On a similar theme, but moving forward what will be the next Apple product that you buy?
Probably a Mac Book Pro.
3. Do you have an all time favourite Apple product or Mac application?
iPod â€“ I use it every day.
4. The blog also covers other subjects, so do you have any specific interests or hobbies that keep you busy?
I have a toddler who keeps me very busy – but of course I wouldn’t want it any other way. In between time with the family I like to bodyboard, cook, read, listen to podcasts, and walks on the beach. Recently I have also dabbled in reviewing applications for various podcasts and or websites. I really enjoy doing these and hope to more (hence I now class this as a hobby)!
5. What would be your all time favourite technology gadget?
ZX Spectrum 48k. I remember it well â€“ my first attempts at computer programming. Who would of thought that making your name scroll across the screen would be so much fun! I then discovered computer games and soon after r etired from programming. My ingenius name scrolling program was the first and last bit of programming I ever did!
6. How do you pay the bills, or if you are studying what are your future plans to pay the bills?
Freelance Creative Artworker. Working in the London/Sussex area. No job too small. Will work for RAM!
7. What three words or phrases would your friends use to describe you?
Eye for detail. And it drives my wife crazy.
8. Anything else you want to share with us?
I have been working in and around Apple Macintosh computers since 1989. First Mac I ever used as a Studio Junior was an SE with Radius Black and White display. I am very proud of the fact that I have never been tempted to the Dark Side!
I have also just started my own blog MacWingNut so if you get a moment please head on over.
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!
In case you are wondering I am publishing the interviews in the order that I received the responses!