Mac expert Julian Bennett Holmes began working with IvanExpert this past September. He’s been using Apple computers since he was a very young child growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and has helped our clients with iTunes library issues, setting up email on their computers and mobile devices, and setting up wireless internet networks, among many other jobs.
Here’s a little more info on Julian.
1. Where are you from originally?
2. How long have you lived in New York City?
My whole life!
3. How did you get so much Mac experience?
Macs are sort of like a family business for me. My dad, uncles, and grandpa started showing me how to take apart computers pretty much as soon as I could talk, and my dad would take me to MacWorld Expo every year when it came to New York. Watching the MacWorld keynote online every year was like the Super Bowl for our family.
4. What’s your favorite technical solution you’ve ever figured out?
I was once recording an album when one of the microphones kept dropping out. I opened up the mic and saw that part of the insulation had come off of some of the wires, and they were occasionally touching, causing a short-circuit. I didn’t have a soldering iron or any insulation around, but I did have some pine boards, a jigsaw, and a hot glue gun. I cut up a bunch of the boards and filled the mic with a mixture of sawdust and hot glue. That solved the problem!
5. Outside of IvanExpert work, what are three Mac-related activities that really matter in your life?
When I’m not working at IvanExpert, I’m studying music composition at Mannes College. So, I mainly use my Mac for music-related things. I use the software Finale to notate my compositions, and of course research new music online. But I think the most important thing I use my Mac for is to listen to music, on iTunes and on my iPod. I don’t think Beethoven or Mozart could’ve imagined that in the future, people would be able to listen to an amazing performance of any piece of music, any time they wanted.
6. What’s your favorite thing about NYC?
This is difficult to say, as I’ve never lived anywhere else, but the subway is the first thing that comes to mind. In other cities, people actually have to plan how they’re going to get home!
7. What’s your favorite iPhone app?
I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this one, as I’m the proud owner of an LG VX5400!