Tech Newsletter #2

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2020

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Hey gang!

Do you remember when I said in my last newsletter that I wasn’t super excited about the new Apple Watch?

Well… I’m still not. 

📱But I am excited about the iPhone 12 Pro Max that landed on my doorstep this past Friday. I can’t wait to take it on our trip to Mexico this week and see how it performs — especially in low light situations.

💻 And I’m even more excited about the M1, Apple’s new system on a chip (SoC). It seems to be blowing Intel chips out of the water, as far as performance and power efficiency are concerned. I hadn’t planned on getting a new Mac this year, but I decided to order the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to replace my existing MBP.

In fact, I’m even considering selling my iMac Pro and getting an external monitor that I can plug into my new MacBook Pro. 

Alternatively, I’m considering ordering the new Mac Mini (with the M1 chip) and continuing my dual-Mac strategy. But honestly, the only reason why I’m considering having two Macs is because I like to have a local copy of my entire iCloud Photo Library. It’s 1.5 TB in size, which is why I currently have it stored on an external SSD that’s connected to my iMac Pro via Thunderbolt.

If I go the MacBook Pro-only route, I’d have to use the “Optimize Storage” setting in the Photos app, which would keep the full-resolution images on the Mac. On the flip side, I really like having Touch ID on my Mac because it’s so much more convenient than entering a password. Unfortunately, only MacBooks offer a fingerprint reader.

So what I might end up doing is putting a Mac Mini into my server rack to act as my photo storage system, and then using the new MacBook Pro with a 5k screen from LG as my daily workhorse.

Regardless of what I decide, I’ll document the process and my findings in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned for that.

🧱 Over the past few days, I’ve started updating my office by giving it a new coat of paint and by adding a real brick wall, as you can see in the picture above. The grout is still wet and darker than it will look in a few days, but I’m digging it and I can’t wait to leverage the brick as a background for my next video conference or YouTube video (check out my channel if you haven’t).

New Blog Posts

Besides my excitement around the recent announcements from Apple, I’ve published two new blog posts:

I’ve been planning to review my Ember mug for a long time, and I finally got around to doing it. 

I also published my review of the Synology DS1520+ Diskstation, and I’m gearing up to completely update my “how I backup my data” blog post, taking into account everything I’ve learned over the past few years (and all the new gadgets I now have at my disposal).

That’s it for now! Stay safe and enjoy Thanksgiving if you don’t hear from me until then.

Cheers,

Michael

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