Uncomfortably Numb

When I heard the news about the mass shooting on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, I thought:

“Wasn’t there a shooting incident last week?”

The news about the mass shooting in San Bernardino had sent chills up my spine. It is about one hour away from where I live. I frequently travel to San Bernardino for work assignment. Not to mention I do have some relatives living there.

At this point I am speechless and uncomfortably numb.


Here comes the Apple noise.


According to a friend of a friend of a friend who claimed to have an office at 1 Infinite Loop, there were a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about the “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” special event.

Sure there will be announcement of the next iPhone, iOS 9, watch OS 2 and others. Others? What others?

The ethos about next generation Apple TV can be heard for miles and kilometers. Some are wishing for a larger iPad with “Pro” destination. What about the next generation of iPad mini and iPad Air? Would Apple be talking about OS X El Capitan? Oh wait, what now?

The likely and possible announcement for September 9, 2015 Apple event:

  • New iPhones with new features
  • iOS 9
  • watchOS 2
  • Updates on Apple Watch and its accessories
  • Apple TV with new features and new service
  • iPads
  • OS X El Capitan
  • Some secret product and service
  • NO U2!

How many hours this event going to take? Unless Tim Cook and the gang rushed through the announcement, they’re going to need to either have a second event later or not talking about a lot of them at all this year.

Based the information I gathered from “I have an office at 1 Infinite Loop”, I’m ready to tell Apple:

“Shut up and take my money!”

It is 03:30 hour and I need to get a few hours of sleep. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, here I come!

Haven’t I mentioned that Apple will be live streaming the event?

All you need at least one of the following:

  • A device running iOS 7 or later (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)
  • A Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later
  • Second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later
  • A PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

I have at least one of the mentioned above too and an Amazon Fire Phone. Oh wait…

Almost Obvious, Chapter II: The Slackening

It has been two years and eleven months since “Almost Obvious” was launched. Well, calling it “launched” was an overstatement. It was started with an idea to a WordPress.com blog. After that, this site went live, with numerous incarnations in the form of WordPress themes; free and premium ones. Then it went idle.

Meanwhile, Major Obvious, the personification of the idea went on to contribute to other sites, in various nom de plume.

Still wanting to maintain the “Almost Obvious” branding, Major Obvious then deleted the database and started anew. The result is a much simple WordPress installation with a default theme.

Major Obvious, who may or may not be more than one person, made a promise to write more here, on AlmostObvious.com.

Here’s a toast to Chapter II of Almost Obvious. Let the slackening continue, or not.