Initial Charge is written and produced by Michael Rockwell and focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the web, and other geek-related topics.
Photo by Maggie Gallagher
If you’d like to share your comments, ideas, or suggestions about the site, I’d love to hear them. Whether it’s a technical problem, a typo, a suggestion for a review, or just a thought you’d like to share, please send them my way. You may direct your correspondence to email@example.com or get in touch on Twitter by way of mention or direct message — @initialcharge.
Initial Charge is primarily written and produced on a 64GB, space gray iPad Air 2 — a device that singlehandedly changed the way I work. Before acquiring the iPad, the site was produced on my 11-inch MacBook Air — which is now only used for browser testing and certain image editing tasks in Pixelmator. The machine features a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor. A great deal of writing and administrative work is also performed on my 64GB, space gray iPhone 6s. A review of the device can be found here.
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Screenshots of my iPhone home screen and Watch face are regularly published on Homescreen.me. The service doesn’t currently support iPad screenshots — until it does, they’ll be shared on Twitter @initialcharge and retweeted @mdrockwell.
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Initial Charge is hosted by Media Temple. Articles are published using WordPress. The design is loosely inspired by the langer.tumblr theme for Tumblr and is built upon a theme originally designed by Karsten Kuhnen. In addition to the nearly standard WP Super Cache, Initial Charge uses a small number of excellent WordPress plugins, including VaultPress by Automattic, Yinjie Soon’s DF-Style Linked List, Joseph Dolson’s WP to Twitter, and Benjamin Stein’s BirdFeeder for WordPress. Stats are tracked using Shaun Inman’s Mint and RSS feeds are synchronized using Feedbin.