Monday, May 1, 2006

Mac OS 10.5 to employ a system-level P2P

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It seems the rumor mill says that Apple will be embedding a BitTorrent client in the next level of the OS. This will allow all Mac users to "donate" bandwidth for System Updates, etc, possibly in exchange for iTunes Store content. Who knows maybe even Apple store items. Using a 3 to 4 year cycle maybe you can pay for your next replacement computer using this technology. Let them leech your unused bandwidth for 3 years and get a new computer!!

I can hear Podcasters jumping up and down for joy. If you stretch this idea a bit, you can envision podcasts being distributed this way, instead of the publisher fending all the bandwidth.

The entire Mac community will become one big P2P network, we are Borg.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Keeping Your stuff online

More and more there are more and more functions that used to exist on the desktop that are now online. These online functions like calendars, to do lists, mail and etc are getting better and better. An example is Google calendar. This is probably one of the best calendar applications I've ever used. That includes both online and desktop applications.
There seems to be a competition for our data. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have all offered online address books, mail and calendars. While Google seems to draw most of my attention all three lack the feature that keeps me from "moving over" to an online system: syncing. I am very "close" with my data. I don't like to let it too far out of my site. And why am I so paranoid. Because I'm afraid of this:

When I can sync with my desktop I'll be considering Google again other than just "playing" with it.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Boot Camp Beta

Well I think we can kind of infer what Steve Job's announcement was going to be for Apple's 30th Anniversary, but they missed it by 4 days: Apples will run Windows. Note that the Windows is capitalized. Specifically I mean Windows XP.

Unless you were living in a cave over the last several days you're heard the news, it's been on the Mac sites, the geek sties, and even the main stream media.. A short while ago John C. Dvorak said he thought Apple may be prepping run Windows on Apple hard hardware.

Well I'm going to try dual booting my MacBook Pro. A short time ago I had to go to the accountant, it's tax time. I had to dump out a bunch of reports from QuickBooks and Quicken to my MacBook Pro to take with me. I'm sorry but Quicken and QuickBooks on the Mac are not the same feature set as they're Mac counterparts.

I'm a 45 year old professional, but I like to play a video game or two now and then. I'm a switcher and I saved my old Windows machine to play the occasional video game with my sons and to run my Intuit products.

I still like OS X more than the XP environment. There's less tweaking, it's more intuitive, and I just seem to get more work done. But facts are facts. The software set is not equal for the Mac. I know, I know there is a large freeware and shareware gap feeling set of software for the Mac, but sometimes you just need Windows. There used to be a saying "No one ever got fired for buying IBM." IBM was once the standard, not necessary the best, but if you bought IBM hardware no one faulted you because that's just what you did.

That mentality persists, it keeps a lot of folks buying clones and Windows XP today. The fact that I can buy my MacBook Pro and get to "try" OS X and still keep my "ole" Windows XP maybe an inroad that OS X needs??????

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Logitech Warranty - The Best

It's human nature that we love to rant and complain about things. Too seldom due we extoll the kudos, especially to larger companies. Well I figured I had a good opportunity to hand out some praise today. About a month ago I bought a the Logitech wireless iPod headphones at a deal I couldn't pass up. They retail for $199.00, but had them on sale for $79.99 with a $50.00 rebate. They're not quite as cheap today, but the rebate is still in effect. Well so much for my shopping prowess and onto the real reason I'm writing this. All worked fine with them for about a month. Then the right headphone went out on me. I cynically thought that I now had my reason why I got them so cheap. But, today I called Logitech's tech support. After the usual press this number dance, I got put on hold for 5 minutes. It was worth it. After I chatted with a pleasant gentlemen he figured he needed to replace the unit. (I had done a lot of the typical troubleshooting prior to calling. Trying another iPod etc.) He took my name and address and said he'd have a new unit to me within a week. I asked for the address where to send the broken one to, he replied that wasn't necessary. Just obliterate the serial number and toss it. Nice doing business with Logitech. I'll be buying more of their products.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Apple should have called Rosetta Windows

About a year ago I bought a 12 inch iBook as I got a good deal on it and I was curious to see what Apple had to offer. I kept hearing about stability and ease of OS X. I was tired of tinkering. You know the times when you're using your computer and you would load a driver, uninstall the driver, try a different version of the driver, uninstall the program, reinstall the program just trying to get your work done. I marveled at my iBook as I turned it on and it attached itself to my wireless network after I answered some questions. The printers at my office and home loaded up across the VPN. I began just basically using the computer, I no longer tinkered. I went on to move my family and house to the OS X operating system, having since bought a mini, a PowerMac, and PowerBook. What didn't stop was my thirst for the latest, greatest. I got my Intel based MacBook Pro 5 days ago, I ordered it the day they were announced. I began the process of moving applications and files over from my "old" Powerbook. I'm just about functional now with my mainstay applications: Word, Excel, Firefox, Acrobat, iCal, AddressBook, and a few others. The speed is noticeability faster. I don't mean you see a difference on the stopwatch, I mean you'll see a difference time-wise , 1 - Mississippi, 2 - Mississippi, get the point. The keyboard is a little stiffer, the screen is smaller (I had a 17" PB), but I don't seem to mind as it's much brighter. But that's not the point here. As you may be aware you must have a universal binary version of your software to run in native mode on the new Intel Mac's. If you're not using a new universal binary, a part of OS X calls Rosetta which translates the old PowerPC code into code that the new Intel chip will understand and execute. All transparent to the enduser, other than..... The crashes. Yesterday I had to scan a about 60 pages of a contract into a PDF. Acrobat froze time and time again. I would have to start again. I tried using the HP software to scan directly into a PDF, frozen again. I tried plugging the scanner into a different USB port. I tried scanning into a text file. Just like I used to do when I ran Windows. It brought back less than fond memories. Then I remembered my PowerBook was still up and running. I plugged the scanner into the PowerBook USB told the same HP software to scan the pages into the same version of Acrobat. All 60+ pages right into the file, chose a filename and saved it. No crashes, no freezes it was just like it was after I left Windows. Maybe Dvorak was right, maybe Rosetta is actually Windows running on Apple already.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Geeks are from Mars and nongeeks are from Venus

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to the use of computers by the "masses", is geek v nongeek. I don't mean vs in the sense they oppose each other, but rather the differences in traits. There is a mindset that understands computers. A person with that mindset will intuitively function with a computer. No manuals, no training, they can navigate through and work software new or old. It's more than just being a logical thought process. If you a geek you've seen it before. You sit down in front of the computer to help someone. You complete what seems like a simple task and the expression on your helpee's face is one of the like that you just pulled a rabbit out of your hat. On the other end you've worked on completing a task for what seems like and hour and you ask for help. Your helper sits down at the computer and quickly, much quicker than you write it down, rattles through a series of what are totally foreign tasks. This isn't a problem, people are different. But as computers become more and more interwoven with daily life they need to function with all types of people. Now the problem arises not because people are different, but it arises because the people who "setup" or program the computers setup the computers to work how they think they should work. Then to compound the problem who writes the instruction manual for the person to use the computer? Of course the person with the same thought process. I'm not solving the problem here. But the first step to resolution is identification. Hopefully I've covered that.

Friday, February 3, 2006

MacBook Pro and Presentations

Of all the demos the one thing I haven't heard asked, or seen demonstrated is: a slide presentation.... I can honestly say I've given a LOT more lectures using Keynote or PowerPoint on my notebook, than I've watched movies. What I'm looking for is --- does the handy dandy remote allow you to load up presentation and control it with the remote? And why IR not RF? :(