iPad mini launch ...

The newest product to come out of Cupertino was about to be officially launched in Canada at 8:00am on Friday,November,3,2012.This particular location had a grand re-opening on the previous Saturday after having a re-design done.

I had wanted to be at the Sherway Apple store for 6:00am but finally arrived there at about 6:40.There were only 20 or so people outside the mall when I took my place with the 2 at the start of the line having stayed overnight so it was pretty well a sure thing there would be enough stock so I would get one.It would be a first for me at least if an Apple store did not have enough of a device being launched to handle such a short line.

Having made sure that my iPhone 5 was charged there would be no difficulty sending out the occasional message with Twitter,checking in with Foursquare,reading a book and as it turned out getting a start with this post.Found out from the person in line behind me that he was getting his wife one for a surprise gift.An Apple employee who I recognized from the iPad 2 launch came out to see how we were doing and when I asked when we would get our golden tickets she said soon as she would be managing the line.They were soon unlocking the mall doors and we all moved inside so we were that much closer to the store.

The store employee who was the line manager made her way along the line asking each person which model of the mini they wanted and gave them their tickets.When she asked my choice I said black/64GB just as I had for the iPad 2 launch.It was not to long after that one by one we each were taken into the store to be greeted by their staff and to make our purchases.Although it felt like longer I was only in the Apple store for about half an hour.On leaving I noticed the people that had been in the initial line had almost all been looked after,it remains to be seen what the line size will be for the next launch.


Apple Delivery

Lightning to USB Cable...


Ashes & Airports...

After reading the piece that John Gruber had linked to I immediately identified with the situation being described.Read the article on

I readily admit that I have never traveled through U.S. airports.

The thing is I did transport my fathers cremated remains,and as worried as I was of something going awry thankfully nothing did.

I was going to be taking dad's ashes out of country (Canada to Scotland),so even before the cremation took place I let it be known there would be international transport involved. A package was provided to me containing the ashes along with accompanying paperwork describing its contents.Just having that documentation there made me feel so much better but never once during the entire trip was there cause to use it.The airport customs people that I dealt with on the journey never batted an eye and this is after 9/11 too.




First Update In A While...

Made a few alterations in the about me and podcast sections of the blog.Now the content reflects more accurately what I both have as in Apple gear and am listening to.It has not been as long as I'd thought since my last entry but still too long.  


2012:Start Of Another Year...

Happy New Year to every one that may read this...

Let's see what these next 365 days hold in store for us.