Urban Dictionary defines “red-headed step-child” as one who, unlike a stepchild who looks like their step parent, is likely to be singled out for abuse. Which may very well define my stint here at TheAppleBlog. Will you, dear readers, treat me with the respect of someone with a true birthright, or use and abuse me for being the one of us who doesn’t look like the others? Time will tell.
I do know this: I actually have red hair, and I’m excited to join the excellent team of bloggers at TheAppleBlog. My name is Patrick Hunt, and this is my story (well, not the whole story, just enough to give you an idea of who is writing this bile!).
I bought my first mac in 1986, and I haven’t looked back. I stuck with the company and its products as customers left in droves during the Great Jobless Era, buying my own Macs even when my jobs provided me with Windows machines. I bought the first and each subsequent Newton when they were launched, did the same for the earliest iPods, and am now on my third of three iPhones, purchasing each on day one. I still have the Rev A Apple TV and Time Machine on my home network, and at total count, my family of three (me, my wife, and our 3-year old daughter) has five Macs, four iPods, three iPhones, two Airports, and an Apple TV in a pear tree. As I told Josh, I eat Apple for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I’m likely to write a few posts that you really like and a few that get you riled up. Hopefully, I won’t write too many that you’re not interested in, so please use the comments feature to let me know! Look primarily for longer-form essays (which is why I’ve never really become an active blogger) on company and product strategy, design, and user experience. Because in my other life, I’m a strategy, design and user experience consultant, in which I use Macs and the iPhone everyday to get my work done. I won’t likely break any news, but when someone else breaks it, I’ll try cleaning up the mess. Also look for the occasional hardware or software review, and analysis of new product announcements, company/product strategy, and the competitive digital landscape. As a former business partner and friend once said about me, “often wrong but never in doubt.” Hopefully, this approach will inform and entertain.