When he launched CyberSynchs, a company that makes data-synchronization
software, in 2008, Amos Winbush did it with little more than the iPhone in his
pocket. Apparently, computers are no longer necessary for entrepreneurs
in the startup phase. As Winbush himself blogged on Under30CEO.com,
“When CyberSynchs received Series A funding from Momos Capital, the
entire deal was orchestrated--on my end--from my jacket pocket.
Everything from conference calls to agreements were handled via
Take a great thing from your youth and run with it. This could be the
motto of the Minibosses, a Phoenix-based rock band that for almost 10
years has taken original Nintendo videogame songs and strung them
together with incredibly energetic riffs and long medleys in a standard
four piece rock format (consisting of two guitars, bass and drums) to
become one of the most popular touring acts for any geek event.
Joe Biden breaking into hyper-melody. The health care debate set to a
funky-fresh beat. Congressmen warbling melodically about climate
change. No, you’re not having a fever dream. You’re watching “Auto-Tune
the News,” the YouTube sensation by Brooklyn-based musicians and
lifelong Mac users the Gregory Brothers.
Auto-Tune is a
pitch-correcting technology appearing with increasing frequency in
hip-hop tracks by artists like T-Pain and Akon. It was created to fix
the pitchiness of talent-deficient singers, but when set to super-high
levels of correction, it makes a singer (or rapper or talker) sound
vaguely robotic. The Gregorys take the “Auto-Tune the heck out of
everything” gimmick to a new level by creating Auto-Tuned songs from
the voices of politicians and wonks in news footage and even C-SPAN.
And it’s all done with a Mac.
A musician who loves her Mac--what’s so groundbreaking about that?
Nothing, on the surface. But Sandy Cressman, a San Francisco singer and
voice coach who specializes in Brazilian jazz and travels the world to
perform and teach workshops, simply couldn’t ply her art--or her
trade--without her MacBook Air and a slew of other digital tools.
When professional mountain guide and expert climber Dave Hahn is
packing for an expedition up Mount Everest, he always brings along the
essentials: climbing gear that’s in working order, clothes warm enough
for the Himalayan clime, and his MacBook equipped with a 128GB
solid-state drive (SSD).
For twin brothers Asaf and Tomer Hanuka, growing up amid the earthy
palette of sun-bleached Israel spurred a longing for more colorful
environs. The twins say they became hooked on the supersaturated hues
and fantasy worlds of comic books (“We lived in those panels,” says
Tomer), and thus two careers in illustration were set in motion.
Apple’s trademark industrial design--sleek lines, brushed aluminum,
uncluttered and often buttonless surfaces--is almost the polar opposite
of the workspace that writer and illustrator Bob Eckstein has created
for himself. Still, Eckstein has always made his living with Macs.
How--and why--an Arctic-obsessed illustrator and author brought the “stench of low tide” into his Mac-based home office.