Feeling Scammed by Apple

So I mentioned trading in my MacBook Air as part of my Mac Mini purchase. When the Mini arrived, I did the transfer dance migrating my laptop settings, files, etc over. Then I shipped the Macbook air (In Apple’s provided trade in packaging. You can see in the pic in that post, that the machine at least externally looked pristine. Sadly I didn’t feel the need to take pictures of the laptop from other angles prior to shipping. Why would I? I trust Apple. Lesson Learned. During the purchase of the Mini Apple offered $610 for the laptop. I’ve never done their trade-in thing before, opting to sell on eBay, but $610 was a good-ish offer (I felt) and saved me dealing with eBay. According to their docs, it takes…

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Meet the Osprey

I’ve been working on the first book in a new series. If you love Wil and the crew of the Ghost, you’ll love Jax and the Osprey! While Wil has the crew of lean on, Jax has his mechanical friends. The Osprey is a Valerian Coop scout ship. She’s meant for speed, and running away from fights, but don’t let Jax, or the ship’s AI, Skip hear you say that. I’m working with the same artist who envisioned the Ghost to bring the Osprey to life. I can’t wait to see more of her! It’s fun to collaboratively design a starship.

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WIP Thursday 6/4 – Machete!

For those that have been reading the Space Rogues series, you know meals/food are important. The crew of the Ghost does a lot during meals. When they have guests/clients, the meals get even more interesting. The meal is delicious and the conversation light. As Wil and Cynthia clear the dishes he calls to everyone, “Ok, I think it’s time we introduce our guest to the wonders that are Star Wars. We’ll watch them in the appropriate order of course.” He makes a slashing motion, “Machete!” He accents the word, for no one’s benefit but his own.Jarek Ruus, sitting on the sofa next to Zephyr and Maxim opens his mouth to ask something and Zephyr rests a hand on the older man’s knee, “Don’t ask. The last time this came up…

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I don’t own a laptop anymore

For the first time in twenty-odd years, I don’t own a laptop. This past weekend, I fedex’ed my MacBook Air (With the shitty keyboard. Thanks, Tim Cook) back to apple for trade-in credit on a Mac Mini. The Mac Mini is great, it’s way more powerful than the MacBook Air, which is a plus, but wasn’t super necessary outside of making video editing and possibly running my upcoming online conferences easier. I really liked the Air, except for it’s keyboard. I bought it knowing it wasn’t outrageously powerful, which for conference organizing and writing was just fine. Except the keyboard made writing agonizing. keys would repeat, keys would not activate, all randomly and never the same behavior in a row, so my manuscripts would be riddled with repeated words, wrong…

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