I went to Havana earlier this month.
Yes – that Havana. In Cuba.
Each year my wife and I take an anniversary trip to somewhere that my cell phone won’t work or, if it does, works poorly. The choice this year was a small communist island which has no partnerships with American phone or Internet companies.
I don’t think you get much more “off the grid” than that.
Prior to departing, I made a long overdue upgrade to my home office. I got a new chair, a new desk, and the just released brand new Mac mini. My previous Mac mini was a 2012 model with the RAM maxed out and a 256 SSD installed. It still ran great, but it was starting to feel its age when it came to things like Final Cut Pro and Photoshop.
When I finished building the desk (which I should have, in retrospect, paid someone to do) and installed the new Mac, I opted to do a full system “clean install” of everything. I blanked my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air and rebuilt them all from scratch. The advantage to doing this from time to time is stumbling onto new or previously unknown nuggets of technology that exist in things I already own. In this case, I discovered the desktop syncing ability between my Mac mini and MacBook Air.
I dig it.
This newly discovered feature (to me) allows me to write draft blog posts on the road and, when I get home, find them “magically” on my desktop (Mac mini) to polish and post from. As as example: I started this specific post from the middle of the Caribbean (see the post image header for reference) and I completed it at my desk back home.
This blog post is already longer than I had planned, so I’ll pick up on where this is going on Thursday. That said, here’s a video I put together of the trip to Cuba. Enjoy.