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My Year With Apple

Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

The highlight of this year has to be: I bought an iPhone. I even switched telco, abandoning the phone number I've been using for more than one decade. And for the first time in many years, I can no longer remember own phone number. (I can still remember the telephone number I've had during the brief college years too.)

The low-light of the year? My MacBook broke. After my wonderful vacation with my family, I've returned home to a laptop that refuses to start up. And since this is right at the time after spending a ton of money on hotel and shopping and food and meeting Mickey Mouse, I went the 'practical' route and ordered a MacBook with a large hard disk, rather than the MacBook Air that I want but do not need.

But the biggest story of the year, at least for me, is that Apple is still the company with all the interesting stuff. (Google ranks up there too.) From the continuing improvement of Cocoa to the increasing support for HTML5, these interesting building blocks are what motivate me to learn and explore new things. I've also started a new hobby project just so I can say I am still a programmer. :-) All the way from, well, Mac Toolbox, OpenDoc, QuickTime, and Games Sporkets, Apple is one company to watch for cool new stuff. Some technologies have succeeded, some have not. But all are interesting.

Here's wishing Apple to continue to be interesting. Have a happy new year eve, and I hope to continue serve you, dear reader, well.

By Heng-Cheong Leong