Monthly Archives: October 2013

The New Mac Pro Desktop Will Kick Butt

mac-pro-newAs nearly the entire computing universe has migrated to smaller, more mobile machines, there are still many people who absolutely need a desktop to work.

This incredible new cylinder will soon be the Mac Pro, and will be a major upgrade over the existing product line in every way imaginable.

The innovative case for the new Mac Pro is glossy black and a marvel in engineering. The cylinder comes off completely to offer access to the internal hardware, and when the case is sealed the top lip of the cylinder acts as the handle.

The cooling system is an innovative, cylindrical noiseless fan with a blade architecture similar to a jet engine that sucks air from the bottom of the unit up through the top.  The fan design itself is very impressive and required countless engineering hours to perfect.

This new Mac Pro design lights up when you move it, revealing tracks of light around the I/O ports on the back of the machine to make it easier to connect and disconnect anything you need.

Built around a “thermal core”, the new Mac Pro is significantly more compact than the current Apple’s workstation, but is significantly more powerful.

With a new, fast Xeon processor, 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM, and solid-state PCIe storage, the new tower is capable of at least twice the raw computing power as the previous model. The Pro also sports dual AMD FirePro graphics cards and Thunderbolt 2 ports to support up to three 4K displays simultaneously.

Thee launch date is slated to be late fall of 2013, and I expect the price to be high, as in “very high”, although it’s good to see Apple refreshing their desktop line and paying attention to power users again.

Oh, and one more thing….its designed, fabricated and built 100% within the United States.

Of course, I’ll want one!

Are Some People Really This Stupid?

GumpEvery time I think I’ve heard it all, something else stops me in my tracks and whacks the side of my head so ferociously, that I nearly pass out and have to question the level of intelligence and self-awareness of what seems to be a large percentage of the population.  Such as the following:

Excitement for Twitter’s coming IPO is running pretty high, to the extent that many investors on Friday mistook the nearly worthless stock of dead and forgotten electronics retailer Tweeter for the famous “tweeting” site, sending shares up more than 1,000 percent.

Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, a consumer electronics company that went bankrupt in 2007, enjoyed its most active day of trading in more than six years even though it has nothing to do with the social media site, Twitter.

The stock, which trades over the counter as basically worthless garbage, closed Thursday at a price of less than a penny a share, yet Friday hit a high of 15 cents a share before paring gains to trade at 5 cents, a 669 percent rise. More than 11.7 million shares had traded by about 12:00 noon.

The volume was the most active trading day for the company since May 10, 2007, when 13.05 million shares were traded and the company reported quarterly results and said it may choose to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

To say the stock is lightly traded in normal times is an understatement, sometimes going several days without even trading 1,000 shares over the course of a full session.

However, in the last two weeks Tweeter’s (Not Twitter’s) share price and volume ticked higher following Twitter’s announcement on September 12 that it had confidentially filed for an initial public offering.  People were obviously convinced this worthless, penny-stock was in fact “Twitter”.  Needless to say, quite remarkable.

Tweeter filed for bankruptcy in June of 2007 and its assets were acquired by an asset management firm.

Twitter filed its IPO documents to begin trading as a public company on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Amazon vs. Best Buy, Small Item Purchase


I was in need of a few small, lower priced items and decided to search and purchase through Amazon then follow up with a comparison though a visit to my local Best Buy in Holmdel, NJ.

In the past, when I needed a few items such as those listed below, I would just immediately check Best Buy or Radio Shack and pay whatever the price was and be satisfied to have my hands on it today.

But this time however, I decided to test the waters of low cost item shopping via Amazon, then compare the difference in what similar items would have cost locally.


Dual USB wall charger outlet
6′ HDMI cable
3′ Male to Male USB cable
10′ iPod cable (old style)

Total cost at Amazon $27 with no shipping as all items qualified for my Prime account.

Total cost at Best Buy for similar items $71.

Take note that none of which at Best Buy were brand names or premium quality items.  Just generic brands equal in quality to the items from Amazon.

Obviously, the price disparity on higher-end goods such as televisions, computers, cameras, etc., isn’t quite as dramatic and in many instances just about identical.  Although with Amazon’s free shipping, its definitely worth looking there first for lower cost goods if the item isn’t needed today.