First post of 2013!

I almost made it through the entire year without a blog post. Well, technically it has been over a year since my last post. So, what’s everyone been up to?

Me? Well, I’ve been busy taking care of my lovely wife, going to school and working full time, and then there are the kids. Kids? Yes, that is plural. In April, Farrah and I welcomed the newest edition to our family Chloë Dean McDaniel. She was named after my grandmother on my mother’s side, Chlodean Mayo. I miss my grandmother tremendously, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her than to name my daughter after her.

It’s hard to believe that she’s almost six months old now. I guess it is like they say, time flies when you are busy taking care of a 2 year old and a newborn. They do say that, right?



My Journey From PC to Mac: A Rough History and Timeline

It is rather funny now when I sit back and think about it. In early 2002 I was looking for some information on a piece of hardware (a sound card IIRC). I posted my question to the forums at At the time it was a fairly new site with only a handful of active members. The site has grown considerably over the years, and I’m proud to have been involved in that to some extent.

Back then I was a hardcore PC gamer, a modder, and an all around “PC enthusiast.” I had high end components, high-RPM fans which sounded like a tornado ripping through my bedroom, water-cooling, blinding LEDs and every component possible was overclocked. While I dabbled with Gentoo, Red Hat, and Slackware linux distributions, I never once thought I would own a system with Mac OS. In fact, I bashed nearly all things Apple. In my eyes Apple computers where like Cylons from Battlestar Galactica—shiny toasters that should be destroyed. Continue reading

Happy 8th Anniversary

On June 11th Farrah and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. Being the wonderful and sweet person that she is, she would have been more than happy with just spending some quality time together. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I would have enjoyed it all the same, I have to major character flaws: First, I am a hopeless romantic and second (and likely related to the first) if I am going to do something I’m going to go big. Continue reading