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Goodbye, Steve Jobs

October 5, 2011 2 Comments

It’s a sad evening for me.  Steve Jobs has passed away.  This event has really made me internalize how special of a man Steve Jobs was and how lucky we have been to live in a time when he was around.   It was Mike Davidson who really brought Steve Jobs to my attention back in late 1998.  I grew up a PC and Mike was the Mac.  When we worked together we’d spend countless hours “fighting” over which platform was the best.

My first exposure to computers was in elementary school on the Commodore PET, I loved it.  I asked my parents for one but instead got a used  Magnavox Odessey 2 (I know it’s technically a gaming console but to me it was a computer as it had a “keyboard”).  My passion grew and then got a Commodore 64 — I always wanted an Apple but they were to expensive.  I did manage to get an Apple clone, the Franklin ACE 2100.  My first “real” computer was an IBM PC-XT (8088) clone with amber monochrome monitor (which was later upgraded to CGA then EGA).

In high school I finally got to use a Macintosh.  I started a video magazine show that aired during lunch called Kang Magazine.  All the graphics and titles were done using the Mac and Macromedia Director.  At home I still used PC’s — I skipped the 286, but had the 386, 486, Pentium, and up.  I did manage to buy an Apply Newton but that wasn’t a Steve Jobs creation.  In 2002, My first Mac purchase was the “Mirrored Door” G4 paired with a 22″ Cinema Display it shipped with the last version of OS9.   Right when OSX was released, I quickly upgraded.  That machine was a brilliant work of visual art.

Mike would never miss a MacWorld and would sometimes take the mornings off just to watch them (something that I didn’t understand at the time) on other occasions he would come into work, lean back in his chair and crank the volume up so we all could listen to Steve Jobs’ work his magic in presenting the latest computer and OS update. No work would get done in that hour or so.  As I am an avid music lover, once the iPod was announced that was the tipping point for me.  I bought every single version of the iPod since it’s release.  I began watching Steve Jobs keynotes myself — but still used a PC for my day-to-day job.

Fast forward to today… I own Mac’s, iPad’s, iPhone’s, AppleTV’s.  I’m a Mac.  There a no more fights with Mike on the subject and I can’t wait for the next announcement from Apple.  It is all due to Steve Jobs and the team of people at Apple with a passion to create some of the best consumer products of our lifetime.  Even without Steve Jobs, I know Apple will still be able to create great products, much like Disney still continues years after Walt’s passing.  It’s heart breaking to see such an inspiring man be taken at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and his children.

Goodbye, Steve Jobs.


Myro:Bridge – Product Introduction/Website Launch

Announcements, DIY, Electronics, Home Automation
October 4, 2010 No Comments

Just launched the Myro:Bridge website.  Pre-orders begin now and if there aren’t any production issues, we should be shipping orders in a few weeks.   The first batch of bridges will be a limited run to see how much interest there is so get your order in now to guarantee shipment!

The goal is to add more support (via firmware updates) as there are requests (via forum).  I am also looking to expand support for Control4, Crestron and HAI controllers.

Find out more about Myro:Bridge here.

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Myro:Home Automation Controller Running In Apple iPad Simulator

Announcements, DIY, Home Automation, Home Theater
January 27, 2010 5 Comments

Just downloaded the newest iPhone SDK (3.2) and ran the Myro:Home iPhone app in the iPad Simulator. It works (you can press the 2x to zoom it, seen in the second image) Once I release the iPhone app, I will be focusing on making a native version for the iPad. This should be fun! A $499 home automation controller is perfect — the iPad is Myro Control’s wireless home controller!

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2009 ESPN Holiday Gift Guide

Announcements, Deals, Electronics
December 6, 2009 1 Comment


If you are having a hard time figuring out gift ideas this year, head over to ESPN’s 2009 Holiday Gift guide.  Ideas ranging from Technology to Gifts for the women, this guide is all you’ll need!

> 2009 ESPN Gift Guide – Technology
> 2009 ESPN Gift Guide – Golf
> 2009 ESPN Gift Guide – Video Games

(Mavromatic is a contributor in the technology gift guide section)

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Mavromatic Site Upgrades

September 16, 2009 No Comments

Traffic coming to Mavromatic got pretty high the last few days so site access was intermittent.  We should be fully operational now with many layers of caching in place.  If you see any weirdness please let me know.  More posts will be coming shortly… Cheers!


Top 5 Graduation Gift Ideas For 2009

Announcements, Electronics
May 28, 2009 2 Comments

It’s graduation time and you know how much we love picking gadgets and gift ideas here are Mavromatic!  This year is a bit different as peoples wallets are a bit tighter so we’ve kept the gift prices under $150.


garmin_forerunner50#5 – Garmin Forerunner 50 Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Just because your child is going to college doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stay active and fit.  Encourage them to stay in shape by getting them a Garmin Forerunner 50 sports watch with Heart Rate Monitor.  This little gadget transmits workout data to their computer so they can analyze, store, and share the information.  Plus, you can add Garmin’s foot pod (not included) to track their speed, distance, and calories burned.  You can’t put a price on health and $54 won’t put a hole in your wallet.

flip_video #4 – Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 30-Minutes (White)

A Flip video camcorder is a great gift idea since it allows your child to record a  special video message everyday that they can then email directly to you.  The idea is great, but will they actually do that?  Heck for $60, it’s worth the gamble.  Plus, if they never end up sending you a video message, they can still use it to capture their memories for their own viewing enjoyment.

blue_microphone_eyeball#3 – Blue Microphones Eyeball – USB Webcam with Microphone

This USB Webcam and Microphone combo is a perfect gift to stay in touch with your loved one while they are away at college.  The microphone will allow you to hear their voice in the purest way possible and the high-resolution camera will allow you to see in detail if they have been out late partying.  Blue is known for their quality microphones and this combo unit is no exception.  Sure, most notebook computers come with built-in cameras and microphones, however, I have not seen a built-in camera/mic combo as good at this.  The Blue Microphone Eyeball will only set you back $85 and works with both Mac and PC.

canon_a480#2 – Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD

A good inexpensive camera comes in handy to any college student and the Canon PowerShot A480 10MP not only fits the fill, but, it also fits in the pocket.   This highly-rated camera snaps up great shots without all the frills and gimmicks of higher priced cameras.  Comes in Silver, Black, Blue and Red and only costs $114!

sony_photoframe#1 – Sony DPF-D70 7-inch Digital Photo Frame 

Your child will be going away for college but that doesn’t mean they need to forget about you.  So take some photos of the family and their roots and load it up onto this beautiful Sony DPF-D70 7-inch Digital Photo Frame.  Don’t forget to add some messages like “Don’t forget to call us tonight” or “Maybe you should stay home tonight” to keep your child grounded.  The frame comes in Black and Red and costs $99.99.

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