A Little Break from Blogging…

You won’t see a lot of posts from me this week.  My wife Carolyn & I are expecting our second son, and induction is scheduled for tomorrow.  As a result, I’m expecting the next week to be a blur.

As with our first son, I will likely have a Baby blog up so that family & friends can follow the action remotely.

You can look for updates on the Baby Nash website.  There will be updates there when we are ready.

My First eBay Guide: US 50 State Quarter Program

Instead of writing a blog post on this topic, I decided to use the new eBay Reviews & Guides feature to write a new “eBay Guide” on the topic of the US State Quarter Program:

Collecting State Quarters: Which Will Gain in Value?

Read it and let me know what you think. If you like it, and you are an eBay member, please vote for the guide as useful.

The fundamental theory is that by looking at the total mintage of a state quarter, and comparing it to the population of the state, you can partially predict where supply & demand will be out of balance in the future. This is because demand is skewed by the population of a state, but the US Treasury mints quarters purely based on macroeconomic conditions at the time.

I continue to be a fairly avid coin collector, and I thought it would be nice to try and “give back” to the eBay coin community by putting together a guide. I’m interested to see what feedback I get from posting in that forum.

Need Ideas for a Good Present? Eight (8) Core Xeon Mac Pro

Every year, people seem to have trouble figuring out what gifts I might want for the holidays or for my birthday.  This year, it seems simple enough.

AppleInsider | Ripe in Cupertino: an Apple with 8 cores

I really can’t say what I might need an 8-core Xeon Mac Pro for anymore.  When I was a developer, I could always say, “Well, my average compile time is 30 minutes, so reducing it to 15 minutes would be a real time saver.”

Today, my world is mostly Apple Mail, Quicken & Safari/Firefox.  Not really that performance intensive.  I do spend a lot of time in iPhoto & Photoshop CS2, so I guess that qualifies.  I have a 43GB photo library of over 29000 shots that can get pokey at times.  Applying filters to a 100MB scan still takes quite a bit of time on my dual G5.

I have been surprised at how many PC owners have decided to make the Mac Pro their first Mac.  My cousin Scott.  My friend Eric.  Apple really hit the nail with the Mac Pro in price/performance.  Apple design & quality, and performance cheaper than the equivalent Dell by hundreds of dollars.

So, it’s official.  You have my permission to buy me one of these 8-core machines when they come out.  I will not complain.