It’s what you do when you fly into San Francisco; you take pictures out the airplane window, because the city is photogenic. And those of us in the tech business fly in a lot.
Plus, I got a new computer and should say a few words about how it works as a blogging photographer’s platform.
But first, the pictures. I got a sort of a natural zoom as the plane came in from the north.
I bet there are a few people reading this who can find their homes or offices on one of these photos.
The Computer · I recently asked the world which computer to get, and everyone said “Wait, because there are cool new ones coming” but they also said that what really mattered was memory. Also, my last computer was really dogging it and I couldn’t wait. So I got a 15" MacBook Pro with a quad-core 2.2GHz i7 and 8G of RAM and a dinky-but-fast 128G SSD disk.
So far, I’m pretty well in love. Yeah, it’s kind of big and heavy and klunky, but then it has a 1680x1050 matte-finish screen, and my pictures look better than they really are. Plus, when I’m running Lightroom and IntelliJ and dozens of browser tabs all at once, everything’s fine. Plus it has real speakers that can play something not unlike real music.
For most of my life, when you got a new computer there was this honeymoon period when it felt amazingly fast. In recent years, not so much. But hey, it can still happen.
Well, and then if you build your production systems on a cacaphony of open-source contenders, you’re looking at a few hours of pain putting all the bits & pieces together. But you’re not writing any cheques, and (for the moment) nobody’s trying to tell you what you’re allowed to install and run on your computer, and (as they say) the outcomes are satisfying.
Fractal Salt Flats · I’ve done a bit of walking and exploring around the edges of San Francisco Bay, but most of it remains unexplored. This particular bit, from the air, is pretty well pure math.