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??????