You Need An Ipad

As I’m tapping this post out on my brand new iPad I can’t help but want to sign my name ala Captain Kirk. My initial impression was why do I need an oversized iPhone but that transformed quickly into being impressed by this unique piece of technology. Let’s start with the few downers:
1) No camera? Is this 1995? This was the one major down side and has kept me from giving up my net book for Skype.
2) Unfortunantly the wifi connection can be a little tricky. Mine cycles almost every hour and in areas where my iphone has full signal it only has half.
3) Price Dont kid yourself anything less than 32 gigs is pointless. I loaded a fraction of my video data and it was nearly full. Couple this with apps, music, podcasts and you’re done.
Now onto the too many to number pros:
1) HD qua,ity is brilliant reading a boom anywhere else just won’t do.
2) Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle are available as apps
3) Karate Kid game need I say more?
4) Email and web browsing have never been easier
5) Go to meeting app lets you easily complete webinars on the go
So what’s your favorite thing about the iPad? Please share!

Upgrading to Snow Leopard Review

My upgrade to Snow Leopard went like a dream on my MacBook Pro.  Downside I can no longer scan from my HP Officejet 6310 but I’m sure they’ll have new driers soon.  I’m not really noticing anything different other than aesthetics so far.
My wife however just about had a nervous breakdown.  She’s had an old iMac (with the round base.  Yeah that old)  for a while and I’ve been asking her to get a new computer.  So she finally agreed and picked up the 24″ new iMac.  Wow that is a ridiculously large screen.  So she starts it up, throws in Snow Leopard for what is basically a clean install.
She hooks up the old computer via firewire (not easy because the new Mac only takes firewire 8 so you have to get a 4 to 8 connector at the Apple store.  Best Buy does not carry it!  We learned the hard way.)  Everything looks good.  She tries to print and can find the network but not the printers.  She calls Mac.  They say drag the printer over and hook up via USB then it will work wirelessly.  This does not work.  We try new drivers.  This does not work.  We uninstall Snow Leopard and go back to Leopard.  Everything works fine.  We drag the files over from our time machine (which takes a firewire 8 to 8 connection.  another $39 at the Apple store).  We reinstall Snow Leopard.  The printers do not work again.  We call Apple again.  They cannot help.  We un-install Leopard and leave it alone.
So basically using the new iMac to print with Leopard is better than not printing with Snow Leopard.  I’m thinking its something about the immediate upgrade but its pretty puzzling.  Moral of the story?  Apple should have Snow Leopard already installed when you buy a new computer.

IPhone 3GS Review

This morning we braved the non-line at the AT&T store to pick up the new 3GS.  So far the phone seems to have all the most important features and I’ll take  a moment to list my favorites:
1) VIDEO – As a former Treo user I’ve been disappointed for years that we didn’t have this feature on the iphone.  It works great and with 1 click upload to youtube its extremely simple to use.
2) COMPASS – For next time we’re lost hiking in the Alps this app comes standard.
3) SEARCH – This feature was also part of the 3.0 upgrade available for all iphones.  Simply scroll to the left and a search screen appears.  Basically similar to the Mac spotlight feature it comes up with the best results based on everything on your phone, even emails and contacts.
4) CALL LOG – A new update to the call log that I saw immediately was that under the names it tells where the call originated.  For instance “City, State”
5) VALUE  – At $199 for the 16 gig its a steal.  If you haven’t purchased a new phone in the last 18 months sign up now.  If you (like me) purchased the original 3G last year it gets a little more tricky.  Check out this FAQ from CompuWorld to get the low down on your AT&T options.

Upgrading to Leopard

Upgrade.  The very word echoes sentiments of new amazing features solving my every concern.  So last week we took the plunge upgrading to Leopard for Mac.  Albeit pushed over the edge slightly by the fact that our upgrade to QuickBooks ’09 wouldn’t work with Tiger.  
Installation went well although taking over 30 minutes.  And it was a bargain at $169 for both the new OS coupled with iLife & iWork ’09.
There was a problematic glitch after the OS loaded.  I launched Mail but the app only partially responded.  It wouldn’t open the Mail window and none of my messages appeared.  I checked the settings and accounts in preferences and everything was ok.  What to do next?
After googling the problem, I found this link the most helpful in correcting the issue and getting the upgrade back on track:
Apple Mail Upgrade Leopard Crash
After I removed then replaced the files everything worked fine.  Although I’ve yet to experience the full bells and wistles of the new OS, it does seem a bit easier to navigate.
Hopefully this will help if you’re having the same issue!

Shazam!

Of the thousands (or millions) of phone apps there are only a handful that truly stand out. One such application is Shazam.
When turned on, Shazam will identify any song just by “hearing” it. Say you’re in a restaurant and a song comes on that you really like. Enable Shazam and presto it will load the song title & author.
This is a giant step toward the future. All I want next is my flying car 🙂