2017 iMac Pro Review

2017 iMac Pro Review:

A typical use of CFD is to evaluate the aerodynamic performance of aerospace vehicles like rockets and airplanes. The first step in this process is to create a mesh of the vehicle geometry from a CAD definition. This essentially lets us break the problem down into thousands or millions of small cells in which we numerically simulate the physics that govern flow.

There are generally two lines of work mechanical engineers end up doing once they graduate: HVAC or aerospace. My undergrad was heavily based on mechanical design. I fell into my career by chance. It’s interesting to see that an aerospace engineer was one of lucky ones to get a review unit.

Apple Watch Points to the Future

Like the original iPhone, the watch also feels like a physical compromise. The case is bigger and bulkier than the ideal device you would want to strap to your wrist. And while battery life is amazing for a device this small — routinely almost 24 hours on a single charge — it still requires that I remember to pop the watch onto a charger every night.

And yet, after almost eight months, the Apple Watch feels like the future to me.

Probably the best description of the usefulness of the Apple Watch that a non-technical person could understand.

The History of the Sidekick

The Sidekick succeeded because it showed consumers how cool technology could be, that they could personalize a chunk of plastic and chips to make it their own, and ushered in an era of mobile computing for the masses. Say what you will about how fast its rising star burnt out, but the Sidekick is an important element in the link between cell phone and smartphone, technology and style.

No other phone got me as excited as the release of the Sidekick 3. It may be surprising that it wasn’t the iPhone. I remember seeing friends with the Sidekick 2 and being amazed. Seeing them chat with friends over AOL Instant Messenger with a cellphone blew my mind. Without knowing it at the time, I saw the future of communication and mobile computing.

So many of us wanted an iPhone before we knew we wanted one because we saw the future of connectivity in the Sidekick.

Indeed.

Appreciating the Power Mac G5

Christopher Phin on the design of the Power Mac G5:

And when you wanted to fit Wi-Fi—2003 was well before it was standard in a new computer—you could just slide the AirPort card in through this retaining bracket, slot it into the connection on the motherboard, and then attach the antenna which was helpfully held in the right position for you with a small clip.

I remember this was my favorite Mac to install RAM and/or an AirPort card. One, because we sold so few of them relative to PowerBooks and iBooks. And two, experiencing the thoughtfulness of the AirPort card’s antenna connector delighted me every time.

Why Women Cheat

With the leak of user information from the adultery website, AshleyMadison.com, I thought it’d be appropriate to post this story from May 2014. Charles Orlando decided to create an account to figure out why women join the site.

But all were clear that they were not leaving their current relationship. These weren’t monkeys getting a grip on the next branch before letting go of the first. They just wanted to feel what they used to feel from the man in their life.

House Hunters

Chris Gayomali shares his love of HGTV’s House Hunters.

Which isn’t to say the convoluted decision-making tree the couples follow isn’t fun. Seriously: If you want to get a bunch of GQ editors fired up on a Friday afternoon, simply put on House Hunters. Shit is like the Super Bowl.

“YOU GOTTA GIVE UP ON THE VINTAGE CHARM, GIRL!” said one editor who was most definitely not me. “GO FOR HOUSE #1.”

“They always hate the carpet,” muttered another House Hunters die-hard. “They always want an open floor plan. And they’re always expecting a fucking en-suite every single time.”

When I want my mind to turn to goo and be entertained at the same time, House Hunters does the trick.

When I’m Gone

Rafael Zoehler on what happened after his father passed away:

“Your dad asked me to give you this letter. He spent the whole week writing these, and he wants you read it. Be strong.” the nurse said, holding me.

The envelope read WHEN I’M GONE. I opened it.

A great, moving read. If you’ve got the time, read it.

The Best Read-It-Later Service

The Sweet Setup has made their pick for the best read-it-later service: Instapaper. I’ve used Instapaper for years and consider it one of my essential apps.

Read their thoughts over at their site.

The Four Stages of Life

Mark Manson wrote a piece on the four different stages of life.

Stage Three is the great consolidation of one’s life. Out go the
friends who are draining you and holding you back. Out go the
activities and hobbies that are a mindless waste of time. Out go the
old dreams that are clearly not coming true anytime soon.

Then you double down on what you’re best at and what is best to you. You double down on the most important relationships in your life. You double down on a single mission in life, whether that’s to work on the world’s energy crisis or to be a bitching digital artist or to become an expert in brains or have a bunch of snotty, drooling children. Whatever it is, Stage Three is when you get it done.

I’m still working hard to find out what I’m best at. I call it Stage 2.5.

Cellphone Or Drivers License?

Today, more and more sixteen year olds are yearning for cellphones rather than drivers licenses.

While teenagers may be less free to move around and explore, she said, the independence that a driver’s license once symbolized has been replaced by the cellphone.

I remember signing up to take my learner’s permit at fifteen and my driver’s test at sixteen as soon as I was able. Times have changed.

Via Justin Blanton.