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First Major Reviews of iPad are Looking Good

April 1st, 2010 Comments off

Major print publications equipped with iPad review units began publishing the first sanctioned critiques of the device when Apple lifted its embargo this evening and, generally speaking, they are all agreement that it could challenge a void in our digital lifestyles.

Below are links to, and select quotations from, five of those reviews:

Walter S. Mossberg – The Wall Street Journal

“For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.”

David Pogue – The New York Times

“In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I’ve never seen a product as polarizing as Apple’s iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday. […] The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine. The only question is: Do you like the concept?”

Andy Ihnatko – The Chicago Sun-Times

“The most compelling sign that Apple got this right is the fact that despite the novelty of the iPad, the excitement slips away after about ten seconds and you’re completely focused on the task at hand … whether it’s reading a book, writing a report, or working on clearing your Inbox. Second most compelling: in situation after situation, I find that the iPad is the best computer in my household and office menagerie. It’s not a replacement for my notebook, mind you. It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time.”

Edward C. Baig – USA Today

“The first iPad is a winner. It stacks up as a formidable electronic-reader rival for Amazon’s Kindle. It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money. At the very least, the iPad will likely drum up mass-market interest in tablet computing in ways that longtime tablet visionary and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates could only dream of. […] Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there’s certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype.

Tim Gideon – PC Mag

“Aside from Apple enthusiasts, many of us wondered who would drop hundreds of dollars for this not-quite-computer. But having used the iPad for some time, I can tell you that the device just makes sense. When you combine basic-but-essential work tools with iWork, an improved browser, e-mail, iPod, and photo applications, a well-executed e-Book platform with iBooks, and throw in thousands of downloadable apps and games, and package it all in a gorgeous, slim slate with a beautiful 9.7-inch touch screen, you have yourself a winner. Is the iPad cheap? No. Is it flawless? Not at all. Omissions including support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari leave room for improvement, but otherwise, the Apple iPad is a very convincing debut. And it will undoubtedly be a driving force in shaping the emerging tablet landscape.

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The iPad. It is here. All hail Apple! Amazon: be afraid, be very afraid.

January 27th, 2010 22 comments

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Upgrade Your Operating System

October 23rd, 2009 14 comments

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Logos for Mac is Here

December 6th, 2008 3 comments

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Logos for Macintosh! “Concordia” Native on the Mac! Yes!

July 22nd, 2008 4 comments

You Macintosh fans have been waiting with bated breath for the advent of the Macintosh native version of the Libronix Digital Library System. Well, they are still in Alpha testing, and you may participate. But as of the latest release of the Alpha version, Ver. 10, newer resources like Concordia are working just fine! When you download the Alpha you can not get tech. support for it, but there is a very useful forum set up which you can follow, post questions, etc. I recommend you use Thunderbird to access the newsgroup support forum. You can also use Opera to access it.

So, at last, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions is now fully Macintosh native! Oh, happy days.

Hooray!

Here is a screen shot of my Mac running Libronix, with Concordia up and running. Click on it for a full view.

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Logos for Macintosh: It’s Finally Here!!!

March 16th, 2008 5 comments

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Now this is BIG news.
We Macintosh users have been waiting, hopeful and watching, for the advent of LOGOS for Macintosh. It is here! It is here, and…the really big "wow" factor here is that apparently it will work just fine with all our existing Libronix library files, which means….we won’t have to shell out for all the libraries we have in the PC version. If I’m not reading the materials on the web site correctly, let me know, but that’s how I’m understanding this comment:

Q: How do I get the Mac version of my book files?

 

A: There
is no Mac version of Libronix books. Both the Windows version and the
Mac version of Libronix read the same .lbxlls files. You will need to
transfer them to your Mac by using your original DVD and CD media, an
external hard drive or USB flash drive, or some other method.

Download the public beta test version here.

Download a movie of it here (no sound).

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iLife and iWork = Ultra Mac Goodness

December 28th, 2007 6 comments

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I have a friend who was raving recently about iWork, Apple’s productivityNewiwork0708074
software for the Mac. It includes Pages, the word processing component; Keynote, the presentation software; and Numbers, the spreadsheet program. I was a bit skeptical, but…I’m a complete convert now. And the iLife software that comes loaded on Macs is truly superb. I’m up and running creating, and burning, really high quality DVDs. All of which is to say, if you are a Mac user, or you are considering it, you will not be disappointed and, I suspect, you will be blown away by the functionality that comes out of the box with a Mac. You have to pay for the iWork suite of programs, but you have a nice long trial period to consider it. iLife comes with the Mac and includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand.

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Thinking of Switching to the Mac?

December 6th, 2007 20 comments

Great article in USA Today about why Apple is converting more and more people to Mac Goodness. In the past month or so, I’ve spoken to at least a dozen people in the past month or so who have talked to me about switching over, and then have. They are all happy as clams and are kicking themselves that they did not switch a long time ago.

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Want to free up 4-5 gigs on your Mac hard drive?

November 16th, 2007 1 comment

Use the free utility “Delocalizer” to erase all the languages that come built into your Mac OS. Just save the ones you know you are going to use. I kept only German. This is the best of these utils I’ve seen since it automatically keeps US English and dumps everything else that you choose.

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Macintosh Goodness

November 16th, 2007 4 comments

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I received a new MacBook Pro 17" laptop with Aperture installed, and, of course, Leopard. A comment that no doubt means nothing to non-Mac users. It’s a Mac thing. You wouldn’t understand.

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Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Adventures

November 3rd, 2007 4 comments

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Well, it is beautiful and stunning. I’m talking about the latest Apple Operating System for the Macintosh, OS X Leopard (OS 10.5). But it is not without its problems. Seems a certain small percent of people installing it have had problems. I was one of them. How bad? Well, for whatever reason our hardware guru had, finally, to completely reformat my hard disk and do a clean install. Now, a clean install is a good thing every so often, but when you don’t plan on having to do a clean install and reformat your hard disk, not so good. And, add to this the fact that it just so happens my company is switching over to a new mail server this week, which is consuming a lot of time and attention of our tech crew, well, it made for nearly three whole days of being without my beloved Macintosh. But yesterday, it came back from the hospital and is now proudly running Mac OS X. It is a beautiful new operating system. The feature that is really, really cool is the ability to browse through the contents of your various folders in the same way you look at album covers in iTune. Really cool. I’m getting used to some of the design tweeks to the system. I really like the way you can preview contents of folders in the dock. And the backup utility included, "Time Machine" is a great solution and help for keeping your hard disk backed up daily, weekly and monthly: all of this is now done automatically for you. Just plug in an external hard disk, and Time Machine does the rest. So, warning to all of you looking to upgrade to Leopard: be careful. An update is due out around Thanksgiving supposedly to take care of whatever the bugs are in the system causing install problems. But if you are a Mac fan, you are going to love the new features. I know PC users are used to all sorts of glitches, problems, crashes and such, but it is so rare on the Mac, when it happens, it is very traumatic. Your sympathy is appreciated. Grin.

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My Computer Odyssey Continues

October 23rd, 2007 9 comments

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I finally….after too many years…sat down over the weekend and figured out how to use iPhoto and iDVD on my Macintosh. Two word reaction: "wow" and "amazing." My journey into computers began way back in a time before time (in computer time that is): back in 1984 when I was one of the fortunate few who were allowed to use an amazing new technology on the big huge mainframe system at Concordia College, River Forest (now known as Concordia University Chicago). It was called "Gramcord" and it was the mother of all of today’s Bible research software. I had little use for computers. I even made the amazingly stupid declaration to my brother (a compute science major, of course), "I’ll never use a computer!" But then I started to. And I was hooked. Our first personal computer was an Apple IIC, which was a cool little machine. I actually taught myself how to program in Basic. But then I saw Macintosh. And I was smitten. Head over heels in love. And by 1987 I had one. A Macintosh SE. With a stunning new feature: a hard disk drive! Yes, twenty whole megabytes of hard disk space. What to do with all that room? I got into heated arguments at the seminary with friends who told me that the Macintosh’s silly "graphical user interface" with "icons" and "windows" was ridiculous, a crutch for the feeble-minded, not any sort of computer for the real computer lover, who wants to spend time typing in command lines. But I had one advantage on them back in those days. I actually used both platforms, extensively. I sweated over the command lines too. And I did not enjoy it. But I produced several books using a PC. But all the while, the Macintosh was there. I upgraded it myself. I installed a new motherboard in it. I obtained a "high resolution" dot matrix printer that offered 300 d.p.i. (that’s "dots per inch"). Then I upgraded again to a full page monitor on which I would layout newsletters and books. And on we went. Well, over the weekend I finally sat down to figure out how to use the Macintosh’s latest productivity software: the whole iLife family of tools. Two word reaction: "wow" and "amazing." I’m such a Macintosh fanatic and addict. I use a PC still. We have a Dell here at home that continues to work just fine. It’s going on seven years old. For work though I use two Macs: an iMac at the desktop in the office at my job and a PowerBook when I’m away. I do so enjoy the Apple Macintosh line of products. October 26 will see a new operating upgrade, a major upgrade and it is only going to get better. And then, of course, there are the iPods. That too is a whole other story which has revolutionized my music listening habits and abilities. Macintosh. Love it.

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Begging the Question

February 1st, 2007 6 comments

"Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It’s a fine Windows upgrade, but it’s also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X. That begs the question: Why not just use OS X?"

Link: St. Paul Pioneer Press | 01/29/2007 | Vista’s pretty, but it’s a shameless Mac OS X imitator.

 

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Libronix Rules

February 1st, 2007 9 comments

OK, I’m going way out on a limb here, I know, but….Logos is truly the program for me. Now that I have my iMac with the dual-core Intel chip in it, I can run PC software easily. I just received today the latest version of the Logos software system, and have installed now their "Original Language" package, and their Church Fathers set. In addition, I have Luther’s Works and the Concordia Electronic Theological Library.

I know there are other options out there and that people can provide many reasons to me why BibleWorks is better, or why Mac users should use Accordance, but…I’m sticking with Libronix. I tried Accordance but it was incapable of allowing me to copy and paste material and bring along the bibliographical data, little details like page numbers! Good grief.

The Logos Bible System offers, by far, the largest collection of theological electronic resources out there and for that reason alone, they are, when all is said and done, really in many ways the only game in town. Perhaps not necessarily the best, for every use, but…definitely doing the trick for me. Quite amazingly so.

So, for what it’s worth, that’s my take on the best theological software available. As always, your mileage may vary.

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What Makes Apple So Truly Amazing

January 20th, 2007 5 comments

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I was talking to a fellow Macintosh lover and user at CPH, yes, we do have a good number of Macintosh users at CPH, basically the entire design team is using Macs and a  number of our book team folks are. We were saying to each other that the truly amazing thing about Apple Inc. [as it is now called] is not really the iPod or iPhone or Macintosh computer. Yes, those are all truly amazing. No, what’s truly the most amazing and impressive thing about Apple is iTunes. It is truly an astounding piece of software and comprehensive on-line intellectual property delivery system. I again appeal to all of you who are in the darkness of the cold, hostile world of the PC, held totally captive to Microsoft, come in to the warmth of Apple. Embrace the light! You will not regret it. [I have attempted in this article to set the world record for most uses of "truly" and "amazing" in a single blog post].

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