Today I went down a rabbit hole of information regarding the history of slavery in the West Indies triggered by an article written by Ryan C.. Ryan included some details about citizen revolts shortly after the formation of the United States as a pretext as to why Joe Biden is not the right choice for president. The mention of those revolts got me thinking about some of the Kalinago, African slave and other revolutions that occurred in the British West Indies, many of which were related to the production of sugarcane. That, of course, led me to think about the origins of sugar cane.
The sugarcane grass has been cultivated in tropical Southeast Asia (Indonesia, New Guinea) since circa 4000 BCE. The cultivation of the grass spread throughout the region and circa 350 CE the manufacture of sugar granules was invented in India, knowledge of which by 800 CE had spread to Africa and the Middle East.
Starting in the16th century the cultivation and manufacture of sugarcane in the West Indies and tropical parts of the Americas, followed by the introduction of the African slave trade, led to intensive improvements in production in the 17th through 19th centuries. This brought cane sugar to the rest of the world.
I haven’t read the full scope of Apple’s announcements at WWDC but I know we are due for macOS, iOS and iPadOS upgrades and a major hardware change.
The most exciting bit of news is that Apple will be moving from Intel to their own ARM-based CPUs for future Mac. This is the second major architectural changes in Mac’s history and given how smoothly Apple transitioned from IBM’s PowerPC CPUs to Intel CPU, I am excited by the possibilities. Apple will no longer be dependent on Intel’s innovation cycle and I expect a faster cycle of Mac hardware and macOS updates.
I am less excited (but still interested) in macOS Big Sur but the change to a new version number, 11, macOS will more closely integrate with iOS and iPad OS and adopt some of the features of Apple’s mobile operating systems.
I have a late 2013 27-inch iMac with 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 CPU, 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 main memory, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4 GB GPU. The machine has performed well over the 7 years that I have owned it, requiring only one repair from Apple in that time. It’s on every day, all day.
My iMac will not run macOS 11 Big Sur. I am sure that iOS 14 and macOS 11 will be so tightly bound together that upgrading one OS without upgrading the other will create issues. I want to update my hardware to run macOS 11, but I want to run on the newer ARM hardware. It’s hard to plan when I don’t know Apple’s plans.
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