My first experience with a computer at all, was with an Apple IIe, for you youngsters who don’t actually remember the 80s, those came around before the Macintosh. I had seen computers on TV. I’d heard about them from friends who had computers, but the first time I touched a keyboard, I touched an Apple product. I was 11 years old. That moment, when I sat down in front of a computer for the first time and realized that I could pull things out of my mind and make them reality with this piece of equipment, changed my life forever. I was constantly thinking, “Why would you do that on pencil and paper? Couldn’t a computer do that for you?” I wasn’t the only one thinking that way. Slowly, but steadily, this sort of thinking brought us to where we are today. Apple’s computers for education program changed the world, one kid at a time.… [Read More]
When I check out their phones and ask about this feature or that, or tell them how surprisingly light their device is, or that I like the weight, or the casing, they ask me which phone I have and I pull out my iPhone. I get a look that makes me feel like giggling. The confusion is immediate, followed by a furrowing of eyebrows that clues me in to the fact that I have just been labelled as one of the enemy. I can see the question right there on their faces, “Why would someone who owns Apple hardware have an interest in Android products at all?” Sadly, not a single person has ever bothered to ask it aloud because the answer is a good one, and it would blow their minds.
The answer is, I’m not a member of the “Cult of Apple.” I buy Apple hardware, because it works.… [Read More]
This is just a quick run down of the announcements as they will affect users that were made today during the Apple Event:
OS X Mavericks:
There are memory allocation improvements and power usage streamlining to make OS X Mavericks more efficient, use less battery and it should give you an overall faster user experience. There is cool social networking integration in Safari and elsewhere in the OS. I have been running the beta of the new Safari for a while and I have to tell you, I LOVE it. It’s very quick and very stable. There are new apps for Mavericks too, including iBooks and Maps. Document tagging allows you to tag any document you create with some keywords, making your entire creative workflow searchable, which is just cool. You can now get notifications from websites of your choosing when they update, or have sales. The new Calendar for Mavericks looks a lot like Calendar for iOS, but the Maps integration feature is killer because you can push a map route from your Mac, to your iPhone and leave.… [Read More]
I see lots of people talking about how they hate iOS7. I get it. People hate it when Facebook makes changes too. Most of those changes have been improvements, though some of them have been a tad creepy, but along with those things have come some badly needed streamlining. Now, Facebook is something not only usable, but useful. The cost of that, was a few interface changes that some people didn’t like at first, but they got used to the idea and after a while, it became part of their workflow. Not that Facebook is actually about work, at all, but you get my drift. I bring these things up, to point out that any time a tech company does something that is a major game changer, there are going to be people who don’t like it. It’s not that they have a particular love or hate for the appearance of the new operating system, because that’s not really the problem.… [Read More]
This morning I tried out the “proofreader” feature of Pages for the first time. I’m writing a novel, you see and my word processor of choice does a bad job formatting things in PDF and Word format. When I went to send it off to a friend, who is going to give it a read, I decided to double check my work with the spelling and proofreading tools provided with the application. The spellcheck worked great. The proofreader, however, flat out offended me.
I’m a fiction writer. This means I write, you know, fiction. I’m not even writing contemporary fiction. I’m writing fantasy. Swords, sorcery, dragons and damsels in distress? Not familiar with that are you? Well, after using your proofreader tool for Pages, I’d have to say that I’m not surprised to hear that.
I understand that it’s not appropriate to use certain language when writing business to business correspondence, but when you’re writing a fantasy novel calling a woman a “lady” is not only appropriate, it’s offensive to do otherwise!… [Read More]