Initial Charge is written and produced by Michael Rockwell and focuses on Apple products, mobile software, the web, and other geek-related topics.

Michael Rockwell

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 desk@initialcharge.net or get in touch on Twitter by mention or direct message — @initialcharge.


Initial Charge is written and produced on a 64GB, space gray iPad Air 2 and a similarly colored iPhone 8 with 256GB of storage. Before acquiring the iPad, the site was produced on an 11-inch MacBook Air — which is now only used for browser testing and certain image editing tasks. The machine features a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor.

iOS Applications

Screenshots of my iOS and Apple Watch setups are regularly published on the Home Screens page.

Mac OS Software

Server Software

Initial Charge is hosted by Media Temple. Articles are published using WordPress. 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 JSON Feed by Manton Reece and Daniel Jalkut. Stats are tracked using Shaun Inman’s Mint and RSS feeds are synchronized using Feedbin.

Web Standards

Initial Charge makes every attempt to adhere to web standards. The site’s markup is written in valid HTML 5, its layout uses valid CSS, and its syndicated feed is valid RSS.