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Have I passed Peak Apple?

After today’s event, I’m not planning to buy any of the new Apple products. Marco Arment‘s line about Apple increasingly making products that “just aren’t for me” (probably uttered on ATP, since a quick search of his blog doesn’t reveal the phrase) came to mind.

I own a Series 0 Apple Watch that I bought mostly for the novelty. I still wear it every day, but the health and fitness improvements in the newer models do not appeal to me, so I’ll stick with the one I have.

I am one of the few who is not bothered by the remote on my Apple TV. Since I don’t have a 4K TV, I don’t see any appreciable difference I would gain by updating to the newest version, so I’ll pass on this device too.

I own and love iPhone SE, so the iPhones 8 hold no attraction. I am very interested in the iPhone X and would be willing to pay the high price tag, but the physical size is just too large for my taste. I’ll keep hoping that a revision to the smallest member of the iPhone family keeps pace with the top of the line models.

The iPad Air I bought on launch day has served me well. The Pro tier is well beyond my needs, and since the adjective-less iPad has similar specs, I could go on with the iPad I have, if only I had opted for more than 16GB of storage. That’s one constraint that is becoming too difficult to bear. There will most likely be a 10.5-inch iPad in my collection by the end of the year.

Even my MacBook Pro from 2009 soldiers on with no prospect for replacement in the future, though that’s mostly because it’s disused in favor of the Mac my work provides me for use there and my iPad at home.

Maybe this all adds up to a problem for Apple. Or maybe it’s just a sign of maturity that I’m not chasing after every new, amazing, magical device Apple releases.

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Client Configuration

Check for SSH keys

$ ls -al ~/.ssh

Generate a key pair on the client

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "user@example.com"

Add your key to the ssh-agent

$ eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
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$ ssh-copy-id -i .ssh/id_rsa.pub user@example.com
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$ passwd -l user
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Thoughts on Today’s  Watch Event

Why did Jeff Williams get the job of introducing ResearchKit?
What’s the story with Toyota and CarPlay?
I noticed the new typeface on the MacBook keyboard by the two-story “a” on the command key.
What did all the wireless technology icons shown around MacBook mean?
That MacBook latch recess looks awfully sharp.
Why are they still selling MacBook Air? Is it just a run-off of stock (with a little spec boost)?
What if I didn’t want to use Pay with my watch? Is there a way to cancel an accidental transaction?
Is Apple saying “yes” to too many things with all these Kits?

Why I Might Want an  Watch

Glances: Weather, Now Playing, Incoming Calls
Move goals and Stand reminder
Pay, Passbook and Hotel room (requires broader support)
I like the black finishes and the my favorite band in the black link bracelet.