Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. 

Being a recent MacConvert, I don’t have interesting stories about getting a Mac when I was 7 and becoming the envy of the geeks at my school, or how Steve touched and changed my life. The first Apple product I bought was the first generation iPod Nano, and I bought it for my LovelyWife as a wedding anniversary present.

All evening yesterday I watched my Twitter timeline as it was overflowing with an outpouring of 140-characters eulogies for a man I didn’t know. A man I never met. Why was I feeling sad at Steve’s passing? I only made one comment:

The truth is that I’m not sad at Steve’s passing. It is a sad and tragic event, everybody deserves more time with their loved ones. But just a few weeks ago I was already in “funny but slightly inappropriate mode” about Apple co-founder’s death. So why the weird feelings now? To borrow Backpacking Dad’s sentiment‘s words:

It’s crazy to be maudlin about a total stranger’s death. And it’s crazier to write so many words about him when I did not write a thing about my brother’s Mother-In-Law’s loosing battle with Cancer. I’m sure it’s transference.

My brother’s Mother-In-Law – Mado – will soon die of a brain Cancer. When she goes, people on Twitter will not spend a night Tweeting about her. They will not make graphics with her quotes, direct people to watch her videos on YouTube. In all fairness, Mado is not a public figure. She didn’t invent cool computers and technological gadgets.

But for her family, she did change everything.

So Rest in Peace Steve. I didn’t know you but you did touch my life.

To Mado’s family. To Benoit, Stéphanie, Eliott and Juliette; I love you guys.





And so this is Christmas, and what have I done?

Oh wait.

It’s not Christmas, it’s new Year. 2011. Well, it’s not even New Year’s anymore, since I’m writing this tomorrow.

A New Year bring new stuff. A reboot of some sort. But not really a reboot, as a reboot would seem to imply that I’ll be doing the same things over and over again. Which is not really what I want to see. I would venture that it’s not really what you want to see except for the Batman & Joker comics – those are awesome and will not go away. 😉

So starting today (tomorrow really) I’m wishing myself new things on this little blog. It’ll start by the disappearance of a few things – mainly the work-related posts. The last two weeks of December have been really awful at work and that did occupy a lot of my mind, and even though I’ve been officially on holidays since December 22nd at 5 pm, in reality I’ve been working and thinking about work every single day until… today. That’s not really true, as I’m thinking about work right now, but I’m letting go of things until I officially go back to work… Tuesday.

Yes, that’s a full two days of mental break from work. Hopefully nothing will crash and burn during the next 48 hours.

So anyhoo, if you’re interested in reading me bitch and complain about work – and who isn’t really – may I recommend getting yourself a Dilbert Daily desktop calendar, or just go through the archives or the really excellent Tales from Redesignland. Seriously. It’s so uncanny how those are close to my workplace that we sometimes spend hours looking for hidden cameras in our offices.

Wouldn’t that make a great Dilbert strip? I rest my case.

So you might be thinking about how the changes I want to put forwards here will affect you, my loyal reader. Well, I think it will not really affect you. Like all the other things on this blog, I do this for me, not for you. Sure, you might see less posts, but hopefully more content – if that makes sense. There might be a few posts you don’t get, but then again they might be written in French (don’t worry, I’ll try to use a lot of pictures in those posts).

Another thing I want to do is blog from my Mac only. I don’t think this will change anything for you, but for me it’ll mean that I’ll physically have to sit in front of my beautiful 27″ iMac at least once a day in a while. It also means that I’ll have to learn all the new fun stuff there is to learn about Macs, which is awesome.

As an aside, I had a little mishap with my Mac a week ago that forced me to play with the command line and I had a Major Geekgasm with a capital G. Thanks to Poppy, Dave2, KimT205, MartyMankins (and to some extend Whall) for offering most helpful support in that time of crisis. 😉 So of course now I want to learn everything there is to learn about Macs, and go back to my days of typing commands in a console while saying things like “No sufficient permissions? We’ll see about THAT! Mwhhaaaa haaaa haaa ha!!”. ;-P

So anyways, sitting down to blog once in a while. No more always having a text file open at all times to blog on the go. Back to a more “Doogie Howser” way of blogging.

There’s a lot more I want to do, but I won’t bore you with more details right now. I’ll bore you later on as I explain what I’m doing, when I’m doing it. Hehe.

Thanks for stopping by.

I wish you all a Happy 2011 Reboot. May this be the year we all do what we’re meant to do.

iTunes by the numbers

Since I was recently forced to import my iTunes files to my new iMac one letter at a time, it meant I had nothing to do while the import was going on… So I made this little chart.

Click to embiggify

Of course something went wrong in my calculations. My iTunes says “35,820 songs, 202.8Gb, 112 days” but the numbers I wrote down don’t match.

C’est la vie.

My new iMac

I did it!

My new setup

After a few months of salivating while walking past the Apple Store, I finally got myself – and my family – a brand spanking new iMac 27″ G5.

I’m a little confused at this point, but nothing I can’t figure out in the net few days. Hopefully. Advice and tips welcome. 😉

If you’re interested, I’ll put the rest of this in an extended entry…