Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Take me to Boot Camp!

Apple really should have announced Boot Camp on Saturday. It would have been really funny.

I am really excited about Boot Camp, and we all know all of the "techies" have been waiting for this moment. With the ability to install Windows on a Macbook Pro (or Macbook) , there is no reason not to have a Mac at work. Now you can use your Windows only apps on a Shiny Happy Mac. Currently I use a Dell notebook at work. And the little things are the things you miss most. For example, waking up from sleep mode requires the use of the suspend button. This the only key that works. Or you can make awesome presentations in keynote. Or install VMWare to handle all of the other OSes you want to run. Pretty Great. Can't wait for Leopard. I bet Boot Camp won't require rebooting.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Who should I sue?

Well first I heard about this silly lawsuit
Tech Dirt Link

And now crazy people are suing Apple for iPod Volume?

So I'm either suing book publishers for papercuts. Maybe match makers because of the risk of fire around flammable substances. And of course water companies for making me have to go to the bathroom at night.

Is the MacBook Pro the PowerBook G5 I've been waiting for?

Well I have been looking for the unicorn of the computer industry. The PowerBook G5. After months of rumors and prototypes, the waiting game with IBM and finally defeat, the PowerBook G4s have been retired.

So right after the keynote, I Apple notebook is here; but I think I'll wait for the bugs to be cleared.

And then I thought well the MacBooks won't be shipping in volume until March. Waiting 6 weeks for the hands on reports will put me in May. And suddenly Intel will be shipping Merom.

Guess I'll be holding out for a wide-book iBook. Or see you at Rev B.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Don't forget about backups

Just wanted to share a lesson with you...

Whether you are a small business, individual or large organization, remember having a backup plan is essential.

Business Example:
My company lost its email server a few weeks ago. Quite a few mailboxes were corrupted. These users lost all the emails in their IMAP accounts. These emails contained important customer conversations, customer agreements, passwords and well it email you know how essential it is. And remember for you users email is a primart form of communication but is also essential business communication. Many of our customers submit purchase orders, signed invoices and credit references via email. No company can survive without purchase orders. A few weeks later it crashed again, before we had time to set up the backup strategy. This time we were able to restore all the emails. We have also started backing our systems up. Hopefully we won't have a glitch again, but at least this time we will be more prepared.

Personal example:
A friend of mine signed up for a nifty photo storage/sharing online service. He stored all of his baby pictures and other picture's from the first year of his son's life there. He thought since they were located remotely they were safe. Well after about 2 years the company went out of business. He didn't get to save his photos locally..and he lost all of those memories. Now he saves them on a web service, his computer and on an optical disk.

So I recommend you backup to a DVD, email account, .Mac account, external hard drive. Well everywhere. Try to cover all the bases. Since we use our computers for everything from photos, movies, address book and bills be sure to keep your info protected.

Airport Express: that was easy

So I was finally ready to set up a wireless network at my house. I have set up a couple with Netgear and Linysys routers. In each case it took anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to set up wired or wireless networks.

When I went to my store I went back and forth on the airport express for the print server or Netgear for a fairly cheap price. Eventually the print server and wireless music won out. (Later in the day I was trying to set up wireless with a powerbook, netgear router and a new DSL connection....let's just say it was unsuccessful. Oddly enough the powerbook picked up the correct settings from the router, but could not administer the router)

So I went home, opened the box, loaded the CD into my ibook. Well I didn't need the CD since I had recently run software update and upgraded the airport utilities.

After that I plugged in the ethernet cable from my modem, plugged in my airport express and waited for the green light to come on. When I looked in my available networks and saw "Apple Network XYZ."

I ran the setup wizard, created a network and applied the settings. Then I connected to my renamed network and I was online. It took 10 minutes, including the time to take off the plastic wrap on the Airport Express. I couldn't believe it was so straightforward.

Next time my friends are asking me about wireless networks...I think Airport Express is the wat to go.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Forced Obsolecence..Boycott the iTunes Store

Well I decided to update my iTunes. I haven't synced my iPod for a bit because I hadn't added any new songs. Today I purchased a few songs, imported a couple of CDs and decided to connect my iPod. Well my recent purchased apparently are too new for my 3G iPod. when I attempted to sync the iTunes told me "your ipod software is too old for some of your songs, please update at the Apple website." So I updated my iPod software and so on. Too bad it didn't do anything and I got the same message.

So that means I won't be buying any more tracks from iTunes since I can't even sync them too my iPod. Isn't that the point?

I'll be shopping at some other download sites with Mp3s...since my iPod is no longer supported by the iTunes store. And people wonder why legal downloads are not that popular.

If Apple won't support my ipod, I won't support their store.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More switcher notes

So explain to me why no one wants to believe 1M people switched. I mean if apple adds 1M units in a year...somebody new has to be buying. I mean it isn't live the same people are buying year after year. And you gotta explain why 90% of the people strolling into the Apple store are not mac users. And well less than 10% of people leaving with a Mac have a mac. So it is a no brainer, people are coming from windows...(well unless it is from DOS..and I talked to some one a couple of weeks ago running AutoCAD on DOS)

Fast Company Blog

Switchers Everywhere

So why is everyone switching?

In case you haven't noticed for many computer users out there (my self included) we are in our 20+ year of computer using. so what does that mean? We have lived through DOS, jumbo floppies, frogger, Apple IIe, Commodore, Windows 3.1 windows NT, Windows 95, the dotcom boom, being the goto guru for our friends computers. It is enough to cause a computer using headache.

I switched because I needed some Tylenol. And OS X cured my headaches (in cute packaging to boot). If you notice, the switchers coming out say something like
"I've been using Windows since 1.0"
"I remember DOS"
"I was on the original internet"
"I was the first hacker"
"My first computer was a radio shack special"

Pretty soon you will see it...the long time computer users will switch. And then the masses will follow. (you know once they get to computer 3, 4, 5 +)

Friday, October 14, 2005

The vPod I'm waiting for

So where is my Video iPod? It is great that now I can download to my 2 inch iPod screen and take it with me. But I want step two. How about using your 'pod as a portable entertainment console. Include some A/V cables so I can play those videos through my TV. It is better than a DVD player.

So Apple: where are my cables. Once I can bypass the small screen for my TV, I'll be happy. Until then I'll stick with my 3G iPod.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Dear Napster

I just don't believe Napster to go is all that useful. I'll admit, I used the P2P networks back in the good old days. I typically downloaded tracks that I didn't have at the time (i.e. oldies from my dad's collection), tracks that were impossible to find in the US and well songs from my CDS (since importing your CDs was a pretty difficult thing to do back then). Lastly I downloaded the one hit wonder type pop songs.

So of my four main uses, music download services only solve one of the problems

1. The tracks from my Dad's collection. Well now he either imports them for me, and I hop on our home network with my ibook when I visit to grab the tracks, or i bring my ibook and import the CD myself, or I burn a CD. Easy fix.

2. Well now I can import my CDs pretty easily, so this problem is solved.

3. Those rare import tracks. Well once in a blue moon they are on the iTunes store, but more likely I need to order the disk online or pay big bucks at the Virgin Megastore.

4. The one hit wonders: this is where iTunes excels. Now I can download the one good Usher, Britney Spears etc song, without having to buy the crappy CD (since singles are a thing of the past).

In any given month there are maybe 3 of these type of tracks, and well maybe a CD I would like to own in its entirely about every other month. So I will do the math: I buy 6-8 CDs per year @ $14 each (well because I refuse to pay more). so that works out to be about $115 per year in CDs and $36 in music downloads. So there is my $150 in music per year. At the end of it, I own a couple of CDs and about 30 downloaded tracks. If I had Napster-to-go, at the end of the year I wouldn't have anything. Some pretty crappy math if you ask me.

So Napster, it is time for a different approach. I think the PVR devices are useless, because the most important question hasn't been answered, where do you get the movies? Here is where the to-go model would work perfectly. I am still not sold on these PVRs, but with a bigger screen, or better form factor I might consider it. In fact, if I could play my PVR on my tv like an ipod photo, it becomes infinitely more useful.

But we still haven't answered the question, what about the movies. Napster please change your Napster to go to Movies-to-go. We already rent movies from Blockbuster. Most movies have the sort of limited shelf life that a download and expire model would support. Here you would go head to head with Netflix, Blockbuster and even Tivo. but this would be just as good as tivo to go. The value proposition is the same as Netflix'.

Imagine this, 30 minutes after your favorite show goes off the air, you can download it to your PVR and hook it up to your TV. Then watch it the next day on the train, or at your friends house with no cable. Movie night would be great, load up all your favorite movies and bring them to your friends place, or your hotel when you travel. If you rent 5 movies a month or pay for Netflix, you could pallet the $15 a month for movie and tv rentals. And this is something I would support wholeheartedly. (Since I still can't program my VCR and tape all the shows I miss due to scheduling conflicts)

Napster are you listening? I think you would have a lot more takers and no iPod conpetition. And well this could also be done by Apple. Whoever gets it first will have the first mass market v-pod. Show us the movies!