I love collecting quotes, especially when they come from unexpected people.  Here are a few I ran across recently.

“Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.” – Milton Glaser

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstien

“You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledge hammer on the construction site.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Make things as simple as possible… but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

“Good designing is obvious.  Great design is transparent.” – Joe Sparano

Well, it happened.  After more than 20 years, I’m writing this from an Apple MacBook Pro.  Our company officially uses a combination of Thinkpads and HP Laptops, but as part of the mobile development team, I need a MacBook to create layouts and images for iOS apps.  I still have my Thinkpad, to get company email, get into our company version control system, and the like, but I’m now splitting my time and carrying both.

I’m still getting used to it, but I have to say, the hardware is slick and fast.  I will wait for a while before commenting on the OS, because a lot of it is just “different” at this point.  I will be able to tell by mid-June if I think that is good or bad.

One saving grace to moving to this platform is my previously mentioned life in the cloud.  So much of my day to day tasks are on the web, that it doesn’t really matter how I access the web, just that I get on it.  Likewise, many of my tools are developed for both platforms and the licenses allow me to use them either place.

Bottom line, if you can get your company to pay for it, a MacBook Pro is definitely worth it.  If you have to pay for it, well… the jury is still out.

Once upon a time, boys and girls, we had a computer.  In my case, it was an Apple IIc with a floppy drive and 128k of internal memory.  It was a large and bulky thing with a lot of wires and a heavy green-screen CRT monitor and stuff, and even though it had carry handles and was billed as “portable,” we left it on a desk at home.  If we wanted to do something on the computer, we had to go home to that desk.  When we wanted to show what we were working on to someone else, we either printed it out or copied it to a floppy disk and prayed that the person we were sharing it with had the same kind of computer with the same version of software.  If they didn’t, we were out of luck.

Whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media structure, posting quotes is a fun pasttime. Quotes can bring back a feeling or memory from another time. Quotes can point out how often the same themes and principles come up. Often quotes from television, movies, songs or high profile people in the spotlight can spin a tale that’s fun for you and your followers to unravel.

I started using Twitter to goof off with my college friends. We would send obscure quotes from the 80s and 90s to see who had the most useless trivia in their heads. The harder it was to guess, the more respect the quoter would get. Also, the longer the quote thread could go without revealing the source, the more fun we had. Quotes that were too popular or too simple brought mockery. ]

When, however, an obscure quote or line is posted, the best way to show that you understand is to reciprocate with a quote or line of your own. For example, the correct response to: “We were below the hard-deck for just a few seconds. I had the shot. There was no danger, so I took it.” would be, “So you took it? AND BROKE A MAJOR RULE OF ENGAGEMENT???????” not, “Top Gun!” Try to respond to clever with clever.

Don’t spoil the fun for everyone else.