On a side note, I really like the fact that Apple has a ‘Send a bug report’ menu option… I think every program should have that in it. Only sending bugs in when it crashes the system is NOT enough.
upgraded to a Dual 2 Ghz Powermac, so he sold me his Mac Mini.
The out-of-box experience has been amazing. It does not take much
to set the computer up. It’s quiet. It works the way that I
expect it to. I LOVE the one click mouse with no scroll
wheel. Everything is easy to find. If one doesn’t know
where to find something, Spotlight will find it.
Microsoft, watch out. As more and more computer people like me
decide to try a Mac, we will start recommending that people GET
Macs. Yes, they are more expensive, but they pay off in a
complete loss of headaches.
I thought this would be a wonderful, relaxing weekend reading a book, and watching some ‘fun’ movies… That notion tooks a VERY quick left turn, starting Friday. I was asked to come in on Saturday, so that shot my Friday night fun out the window.
I DID get to watch an episode of Battlestar Galatica. I remember watching the original as a kid (my mother LOVED Loren Green). I aways like the neat toys on the show. Well, watching the new show is NOTHING like the original. The new one is DARK, and I mean VERY DARK. There is very little focus on space ships or stuff, but a huge focus on the characters and story. And both the characters and story are GOOD. Scratch one light memory from the childhood days…
I spent most of my Saturday at work, doing some very serious cleanup. After a full work day Saturday, I came home and started to read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Now, when I read, the world can completely crash, and I will not care. I was able to get about halfway through the book before going to see a movie. HP 6 is definitely FAR more serious than any of the books before it. Again, more darknes than the light hearted weekend I was expecting.
Next was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Good movie, creepy, but still fun. The original book is more sinister than most people realize, so this movie ended up NOT being light and funny like the one with Gene Wilder.
Finally, this morning, I finished HP 6. I’m still in shock, and will have to re-read almsot the entire series to see how well the pieces fit…
Well, I now headed back to the real world, and I hope IT will be brighter than the weekend…
- iTunes is free. Works on Windows or Macintosh. It has quickly become the ‘killer app’ for the online music community.
- iPod shuffle… Cheap way to carry around the iTunes music. Doesn’t break and still works with Windows and Mac.
- iPod… More music, a little more expensive. Is popular because ‘everybody’s got one’. Once a person gets to this level, they start to realize that Apple has very good end user designs (maybe not those exact thoughts, more like, ‘it works the way I want it to’)
- Mac Mini or iMac… Cheap way to get a Mac… After going into the Apple store for all the iPod stuff, a person gets enough demos to realize that OS X is a LOT nicer than Windows.
- Powerbook… The laptop of choice for Mac users. Part ease of use, part fashion statement, sort of like the iPod of the Apple computer line.
- Powermac… For serious power users… Runs EVERYTHING smoothly, plus allows for easy tinkering. In fact, the design allows for VERY EASY upgrades.
- 30" Cinema display… Finally, the ultimate level of Apple addiction. A user will mortgage his/her soul to get one of these things, and consider that he/she got a better bargin…
I’m about to undertake the 4th Step… Uh-oh…
Just what I need, a new way to waste time and energy, and appear even MORE geeky than I already am. My friend Shoaib sent me a PDA, as he didn’t need it any more. Within 20 minutes of setting it up with my computer, I had managed to trash the OS…. Let this be a lesson, boys and girls, upgrading is not always a GOOD thing. Fortunately, I was able to get it back up and running, and do the update… *Dave will now breathe a sigh of relief*
The jury is out as to whether this will be a dead useful device, or if it goes on the ‘novelty’ items list. One strike against it is that I used to have a boss that LIVED on his PDA… The darned thing would beep in the middle of conversations, or he’d start writing something down and get so engrossed in the device, he’d not listen to what was being said that was worth writing down. I do NOT want to be like that. Fortunately PDAs have evolved quite a bit since ’98.
As far as what *I* see it useful for… Phone numbers, grocery lists, and voice recordings. Surfing the web on one of these is insane, even if it does have a wireless connector.
Give me a couple of days, and if I haven’t destroyed the thing in fustration, I might have some cool things that can be done with it…