Guerrilla Smartglass & Cutesy Apple – WIRed #115

It’s time for Episode 115 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses Spain’s guerrilla architect, intuitive smartglass control, how Atari inspired Apple, and the world’s cutest WWE superfan! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Guerrilla Smartglass & Cutesy Apple – WIRed #115”

Did You Know that Atari Arcade Games Inspired the Original Apple Mouse?

Atari arcade games inspired the original Apple mouseWhen you think about it, you have to wonder how the home computer market would have succeeded without the revolutionary interface device, the mouse.  The same can be said of Apple’s Macintosh computer (which included the device), and while they did not invent the mouse, legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco made it viable. For inspiration, Yurchenco looked at Atari, which so happened to be Steve Jobs’ former employer.  The inspiration was Atari’s “Trak-Ball” controller, as the original mouse that Jobs played with during a visit to Xerox PARC in the early 1980s worked similar to the Trak-Ball, but the whole set up was wildly expensive — like $400 wildly expensive. In an effort to make a similar device and bring the price down to $25 a piece, Apple contacted design firm Hovey-Kelley, led by Yurchenco. Continue reading “Did You Know that Atari Arcade Games Inspired the Original Apple Mouse?”

Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98

It’s time for Episode 98 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses common area huts, Apple recycling, Diablo III on Game Boy, and Kurt Angle battle raps John Cena! Continue reading “Interior Huts Apple-Cycling DiabloGB MC Angle – WIRed #98”

Doc’D #10 – The Zip Disk Format

In this month’s episode of Document’D, host Montez McCrary takes a trip to the good ol’ dead media format graveyard to discuss the Zip format, its technical specifications, history, and legacy.
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Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products

In an endeavor that is already in progress, all Apple company stores are accepting ANY Apple product for recycling at NO CHARGE, and if the product is resalable, they will offer you some store credit (i.e., Apple Gift Cards) to give customers more incentive to “trade-in”.  Apple CEO Tim Cook declared in a prior shareholder’s meeting that the company should “leave the world better than we found it”, and in an Associated Press interview, Lisa Jackson — Apple VP of Environmental Initiatives (and former EPA administrator) — stated that the company wants to “use all our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better.” Continue reading “Apple Extending Its Free Recycling Program to ALL Used Products”

For My Mac-Using Buddies: Quick/Easy MacBook Repairs/Upgrades

But why? ‘Cause I loves ya’! Also, because while I opted to get a Windows PC for less money and easy customizability/upgradability, you’ve already shelled out the cash for the MacBook Pro that Apple just REFUSES to allow you to make it more awesome with updates with buying a new one. If you’re in a situation where you don’t have enough money to get a new one every 8 months (I’m just kidding; kinda…), you should REALLY know how you can fix and make it more powerful and prevent your wallet and bank account from being lonely.  Also because the awful truth is that your MacBook Pro WILL break; the hard drive WILL die; the hinges WILL go loose; the logic board WILL cease to operate; your RAM WILL chug to a crawl. It’s going to happen at some point, but thankfully, YOU **pointing at you** can fix most of these impending MacBook Pro issues all by yourself. Continue reading “For My Mac-Using Buddies: Quick/Easy MacBook Repairs/Upgrades”

The Smartwatch: Would You or Would You Not?

So, what so you think about these conceptual drawings by Adrian Maciburko called “Google Time”?  Whether or not you’re interested in the idea of smartwatches, you’ve got to admit that this looks really nice, and with the Google’s “Google Now” initiative that has worked well at getting to know yourself, this could become something very interesting. With the buzz surrounding a possible Apple/Intel smartwatch project going around, I’m eager to see if any of these projects are going to be announce this week at CES.   Continue reading “The Smartwatch: Would You or Would You Not?”

Smashed Models Xeroxing Ghouls N Ghosts’ 12-Man Tag Team – WIRed #20

WOO-HOO! TWENTY EPISODES!! This week on WIRed, forget smashing pumpkins – it’s all about SMASHING MODELS, the past, present, and future innovations at Xerox, belated Halloween-themed gaming tunes, and 12-man tag team match MAYHEM! All that and what I’m reading, playing, watching, and listening to this week on WIRed! NUMBERRRRRRRRR!!! TWENTYYYYYYY!!!!   Continue reading “Smashed Models Xeroxing Ghouls N Ghosts’ 12-Man Tag Team – WIRed #20”