Archive for August, 2008

Apple’s Transition To MobileMe.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Links to Info IconThis is a post for any of you that are either .MAC or MobileMe members since at least today (August 19th). Apparently the transition from the old .MAC to the new MobileMe wasn’t a smooth one for Apple. About 6 weeks ago they gave all active members 30 free days as restitution… now they’re handing out an additional 60 days as evidently the problems have persisted.

I just wanted to provide this link for any of you who may¬†have received the email from Apple announcing this retribution and want more info… or to those who may be¬†currently having problems with the service (I’ve somehow avoided any problems whatsoever… 90-days free with no pain… sho’nuff)…

For those of you who have a Mac (or a PC actually), haven’t yet tried MobileMe and are looking for the best deal on the planet at $99 per year… you’re able to start out with MobileMe on a 60-day free trial

  • I would particularly recommend this service to those with a computer (desktop or laptop) as well as an iPhone… both are kept in perfect sync with each other through the service (emails, contacts, calendars, etc.)…
  • Also recommended for those that are on the road a lot, the online interface is designed and functions with typical Apple elegance and is also continuously up-to-date with your other devices.
  • And finally, I recommend it to those that have gone out on their own (business-wise) and miss their old corporate Exchange/Blackberry account. To me it’s like having the corporate IT Department at your disposal without actually having to call a corporate IT Department and ask them for help (sorry to those I’ve offended).

The current growing pains Apple is experiencing notwithstanding… I’ve been a member since ’04 with .MAC and was always happy with the service… now with the synchronization excellence of the new MobileMe… it’s a downright steal at $99.


A Brief Note On My Apple Evangelism.

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Town Crier IconThrough the station or sent directly to me… I’ve been surprised by the amount of email that has come my way as a result of being on the show with Steve and Johnnie. Also surprising is the clearly defined line of demarcation… 99% of you are asking me questions arising from your use of Macs… the other 1% are taking some issue with my evangelism of Macintosh Computers… With most it’s just good-natured ribbing, which causes me no offense… but with others, it’s taken to a tone that none of us (on the Show) will ever care to converse with. That said…

I make no excuses or apologies for my love of Macintosh computers.

I also want to go on the record in clarifying that I have no official affiliation with Apple Computer. None whatsoever… In the spirit of disclosure; I occasionally buy things from the Apple Store… I’ll also ask questions or provide answers on the Apple Forums from time to time… I lust after an eventual Final Cut “Pro Certification” but I remain far from that goal… and just to lay all my chips on the table, I own an Apple t-shirt and my broken down motorcycle has an Apple logo sticker on it.

Beyond that I’m clean.

I always welcome email from those who listen to the radio show… and to the 99% of you… answering your questions has been fun and has made me more knowledgeable as well… it’s never a problem. Sometimes you might have to wait a bit for a reply, but as some of you know, sometimes I’ll answer right away… depends where you catch me.

But to the other 1% of you… who seemingly have nothing better to do then send email, with no redeeming value (also known as flaming), to someone they don’t know beyond their radio speaker…

Please do us all the honor of posting your prose to the “Comments” section here on the Show Site… submit your First and Last name while you’re at it… that way your thoughts won’t go uncredited and you can shed the shame of hiding in the anonymity of your gmail account. I’m all for different strokes for different folks, in fact it seems to be a running theme of the show… but if you find yourself afflicted with email tourette’s… do me a favor and lose my address.

I like to look at the show as information space on the subject of all things related to computers and technology. I would also prognosticate that in ten years time… the idea of Mac vs. PC won’t even exist anymore… I’m more a fan of the MacOS… and in 2008, the MacOS only runs on Macintosh computers…

So each and every time it’s appropriate, evangelism is unavoidable… as life’s too short for crappy computers.