Saturday, October 29, 2011

Laptops and the future...

For al of us that follow the tech industry, read the blogs, and watch the live streams of the release events, we hear the phrase "The future of computing" very often.  But what does that mean for us, in the trenches swiping and tapping on our ipads, opening our laotops i nthe coffee shops and diners?  Do you see yourself ditching you laptop for an ipad or just a smart phone?  For those that do video editing, or image manipulation, or data crunching the answer is definately no( at least for me) there is absolutely no way that I could function with only an ipad and a smart phone.  Could I use an iphone instead of a webcam and my laptop on the car seat to film in the car, yes, but I still need my Macbook Pro to edit it.  The future image you see in the movies is still a long way out.  So for those that dream of a Star Trek type of everyday computing life style, sorry you will have to wait, maybe a LONG time.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Switch to the dark side

Swiftly approaching the 1 year mark of officially making the switch to MAC and the list of apps that i can't live without has grown a little…well ok it has grown a lot. 

 Previously i mentioned 7ZIP. Good program, I found a better one, on that i use at least two or three times a day.

It is called Unarchiver this app integrates seamlessly into OS X. When you click in a compressed archive, the unarchiver takes over automatically and does the hard work for you. Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats. There is a complete listing of the formats at the link above. 

Another great app that has quickly found its way into my heart, not to mention a firm planting onto my dock, APPZAPPER has been one of the most instrumental apps in keeping my compy clean and fresh. Fire up the app and drop what you want deleted onto the window, click zap and all the associated files for that item are sent to the trash bin. then just empty the trash. Easy as that!! Nuff said, here is the link for more information Stay tuned for more great apps and "STUFF" to make life on a mac AWESOME!!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

A week with OS X Lion.....Roomates or annoying friend??

Ok folks, its been about a week since I upgraded to Apple's new OS, and I think that i'm ready to share my feelings about the Big fuzzy kitty that now rules my laptop. 

There are a ton of new features, 250 of them to be exact. Most of them you don't see or know about.  But the ones that you do notice, have so far been pretty darn cool.  Like for example, spaces.  Who knew that the multiple desktops would be as useful as they are.  Granted,  Linux has been using this feature for years, but somehow Apple does it with a little panache.  It come in handy when you are filling out a job application for example.  You have the Application on one space, on another you have your resume, another one has you email, and the last one has Itunes.  Wait you need more than that?   No worries, just pop open the dashboard and throw another one in there and you're good to go.  A_MA_ZING!

How about the Shiny new finish and polish that they put into Lion.  Instead of being more round and bubbly that squared off the corners, made the buttons a little smaller, even the progress bars got a little more geometric.  Not what we have all come to know and love but, never the less, gives OS X a feel of maturity.

The biggest change (And in my opinion the best change apple made since touch screens)  Shows itself in the COMPLETELY revamped version of mail.  When they were designing the changes for this OS they put a great deal into mail, it is cleaner, easier to use and the use of full screen apps that Apple has sprinkled into every corner of Lion, makes mail My number one pick For the best updates in Lion.

There are a ton of new Features to talk about, so stay tuned for the next Round of updates.  Until next time,   keep it real!!