Mac or PC

I guess I will be sitting down to my work area from now on asking myself that question: Mac or PC?

The reason why: I just purchased and finished setting up a Mac mini.  It’s a cute little machine, a great little starter Mac.  This is my first Mac and so far I am quite impressed with everything they fit into the box, especially as small as the box is. I plugged in a standard USB keyboard, and a standard USB mouse, along with an analog 17 inch flat panel monitor and turned it on.

After following the prompts I connected to the Internet and then started poking around changing a few settings and making sure the time was correct and the timezone matched my own.  Most of the workings are fairly intuitive which I somewhat expected given how well I have adapted to my iPod Touch.  I was a little surprised when I found the update application program, ran it, and found 675MB of updates required.  I’m writing this post on my main PC as the mini Mac (my wife’s choice of words, and I like them, too) is still working away at installing the seven updates it found. I was thrilled that it connected via Wi-Fi and that I have a fairly decent high-speed Internet connection.

If you have both a PC and a Mac, leave a comment on which you like to blog with … I’d like to know.

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Chess with Friends

Review: Chess with Friends (an iPod app)

To me, this is one of the best iPod applications I have used so far.  I use it on my iPod Touch, and imagine there would be even more functionality available with an iPhone. If you like Chess, then this is truly a program to look into using.

Chess with Friends by Newtoy Inc. is essentially a modernized version of the old idea of “Chess by mail” (read: snail-mail, email, etc.) The benefit, and the near addictiveness, of this application is that it is always in your hand and only a tap or two away. For me, the pace of the games are near perfect, although I must admit, I will often check several times before my “random” opponent moves, but that adds to the excitement of the game.

Yes, I said excitement, but then again I feel like a Chess geek at times. Play it, you will enjoy yourself. Choose someone from your iPhone / iPod Touch contact list; or, choose a random opponent.

I’ve seen completely unexpected successes with the games I have played, the one downfall is there currently is no re-match feature. The developers do have plans for one, as they stated in a reply back (very quickly, I might add) to a feedback email I sent them. This application, and its developers, are something I will definitely follow.

For my past opponents: Darrell, Jay59, Umpuck, Vail67, Jamn, gekko, and Kratos69 – rematches are in order.

Have you tried Chess with Friends? What did you think? Comment with your comparisons.

Time Machines

I just came across a great quote while catching up in my social networks.

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.
~~ Jeremy Irons

This is one of those small world items, too. I just started reading the classic novella The Time Machine by H.G.Wells using the Stanza iPod app. Although I have only just finished Chapter 1 it has been something I have been meaning to read for some time and I am looking forward to finally getting to it for two reasons. The first, it’s a classic and intersting; the second, it’s a good way to give Stanza by Lexcycle a decent test run.

Paid by Passion

Volunteer work can be rewarding and frustrating, and sometimes it can be both at the same time.

It can consume your every moment or simply be something you do in passing.

You might wonder is it all worth it? What am I doing working for free? Why is this important?

It suddenly occurred to me as I was driving down the road for lunch: it is worth it; I am not really working for free; I am being paid by passion for the work being done. In much the same way a person can simply have a passion for the truth, a volunteer’s passion for the goals before them is the payment they receive.

Attaining those goals is important. The journey is worth every step along the way.

Are you a volunteer? Comment on your paid by passion work.

Twit or Tweet

I’m not sure I understand this phenomenon known as Twitter. Sure, I have an account. Yes, I’ve made a few tweets, and I even have a few followers, but I am still mystified by its apparent popularity. I admit it is almost addictive.

I have visited the twitter.com web site and tried to follow the Everybody timeline just to realize there are many, too many people tweeting to try to follow anything I randomly pick.

I actually find it easier to follow the public timeline using twitterific from the iconfactory on my iPod Touch.  At least I feel I am keeping pace with the myriad of tweets being made. It may be a false sense of security that the small display is giving, but I actually prefer it to the main twitter web site.

Will I continue to follow along on twitter? Perhaps, it can be interesting trying to decipher some of the tweets and replies. I add tweets and replies myself from time to time, though admittedly not many, yet.

Do you tweet? or, do you feel like a twit?! Share a comment.

Starbuck’s Wi-Fi

Here I sit drinking a Tazo Chai Grande, no water and writing this post using the WordPress iPod app. I’m looking out the front window and see it is just starting to lightly snow.

There is yet another Winter Storm warning in effect; it is the third or fourth issued in the last two weeks. That being the case and I have at least two more stops on my tour today I will be keeping this short.

The chai is very good; the Starbucks is bustling; Christmas is around the corner; and, I’m on my way.

Read the Manual

You have just got your brand new electronic device / gadget / toy, did you read the manual?

I try to stop and read the manual for every new toy I get but sometimes the novelty is just too much to pass up. So, here I am making sure my contact details are updated in my iPod Touch, especially addresses and I find that if you tap on the address (and you have a wi-fi connection) the iPod Touch will open the Maps app with a pin dropped on the location. Very nice as I see it; and, a great way to pin your important places such as home, family, friends, etc. Just tap on the blue arrow to get to the details of the pin; scroll down and tap on the “Add to Bookmarks” button; edit the label to something else if you prefer.

I did not start writing this post with reviewing the contacts / maps connection, I actually wanted to mention the generic point of a great deal of “new” mobile electronic devices having one glaring piece of information not written anywhere obvious. That would be the answer to a very simple question: how long do I need to charge this thing the first time I plug it in?!!

Why would I make this important. Simple really, I just bought a new replacement cell phone because my old cell phone battery was about done. After charging the new cell phone until the typical filling battery stopped it’s animation I believed the phone was fully charged; there is nothing in the manual to read differently. The phone is a new toy, and had no details added yet, so there is a certain amount of play that I had to have. Long story short, after adding numbers, making a couple of calls sending a few texts, plus several pictures one bar of the three bar battery was used up. This morning the phone was off due to low battery!!

I am hoping it was just a “quick” charge and not another dud battery issue. So, I will be going without a cell phone today while I let it charge for likely the next 24 hours.