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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Clone Wars – Just… Wow.

Wow, I mean I know I said that already, but wow. I watched the final episode of Clone Wars, and it took some processing. I recently talked about Star Wars and how the Clone Wars really was a redeeming factor for the franchise. The series finale really sealed that deal. Clone Wars will definitely be cemented as some of the best Star Wars story telling ever, after this season. I hope they release (otherwise I’ll have to do it) the final four episodes as a single 2 hour story. I won’t spoil it or anything, but man, this is the wrap up to the prequels we deserved. Great Closure and So Many Questions. I can’t imagine a better way to wrap the series. We got a lot of closure, there…

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I’m just not super into Picard

So I’ve been watching the new Star Trek: Picard show. It’s fun, I’ll keep watching but I’m not really invested. We’re only 5 episodes in and there’s a lot of “Oh, really?” type of plot elements and McGuffins. Visual Effects While it doesn’t bother me a ton as I don’t watch Star Trek: Discovery, using the CGI assets from that show (set some 150 years prior) is funny, and lazy. Surely they could have used some of their holographic interface budget to render more era ‘correct’ shuttles. Heck render up TNG era shuttles, they’d look more reasonable. I know CGI effects are super cheap to use now relative to even a decade, let alone two or three ago, but I think Picard suffers from the “Just because you can do…

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