Macworld/iWorld. I will be “retiring” from Macworld/iWorld this year, giving my final session on March 27. As such, the talk will offer a look back at my career, including my time at Macworld Expo. You can read more details here.
SVMUG. I will be giving a preliminary version of the same talk at SVMUG (Silicon Valley MUG) on February 24.
On a related note, I continue to write the Bugs & Fixes column for Macworld, but I have cut back to doing only about one a month.
MacVoices. I continue to do podcasts with Chuck Joiner, where I expand on these Macworld articles, as well as numerous other topics.
I gave two talks at local MUGs at the end of 2013:
October 15: NCMUG (North Coast MUG), talking about "How not to lose your data" — something every user should know.
November 20: DVMUG (Diablo Valley MUG), covering the same topic.
At both sessions, I also offered my initial reactions to Apple's latest products: iPhone 5S, new iPads, iOS 7, OS X 10.9, and Mac Pro.
In addition to Bugs & Fixes, I continue to write op-ed pieces for Macworld. My most recent entry was "How much will Apple change iOS and OS X?." In it, I offered my hopes, fears and expectations as to what Apple would reveal at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) the following week.
After the WWDC Keynote, I posted a Slanted Viewpoint blog entry, "WWDC: Apple delivers the goods," where I reviewed Apple's keynote announcements and considered how well they matched up with what I had predicted.
Yesterday, I posted yet another WWDC-related item: "Apple’s not-so-secret iOS game controller strategy" — offering my take on what Apple has up its sleeve with this forth-coming peripheral support.
By the way, I attended WWDC this year. Given how hard it is to get a ticket, and how expensive tickets are, I strongly suspect this will be the last year I attend. If so, it was a great way to go out. From the Mac Pro to the redesigned iOS 7, it was a year for big announcements. And the sessions I attended were enjoyable, often surprisingly so given that I am not a "real" developer. I even managed to snag a "Stump the Experts" t-shirt! The final session, with Bill Nye, was the perfect way to send the attendees on their way. Congrats Apple!
Since the start of 2013, I've been busier than usual writing articles for Macworld. You can check out the complete list here.
Meanwhile, my latest Slanted Viewpoint entry discusses "Stupid by Design."
The latest entry in my Slanted Viewpoint blog explains how to win at Letterpress (a popular word/strategy game for iOS devices). In particular, it delves into how to play if you go second and your opponent has made a great opening move.
I will be speaking at the SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh Users Group) meeting on Monday, March 18. The topic will be the same as my recent Macworld talk: File Sharing and Syncing Unleashed.
Another Macworld | iWorld is now in the history books. There were special events, headlined by Aston Kutcher and Josh Gad. There were the always enjoyable 5-minute RapidFire talks. There were parties. And there was my own TechTalk.
All in all, a great time and a wonderful opportunity for "face-time" with colleagues and friends who otherwise remain a virtual presence for the rest of the year.
For my overall take on the event, check out my Slanted Viewpoint blog entry.
The Mac Observer and I have parted ways. I wrote my final User Friendly View column on January 23rd.
Going forward, my main work will be to continue to write for the great folks at Macworld.
Continuing a tradition of the past several years, I look back at the most noteworthy events in the Apple universe during the past twelve months. It's a top 5 with two bonus items.