The Week Away…so far

image of a trolley turn around in San FranciscoApple’s WWDC (World Wide Develpers’ Conference). I’ve been to California several time prior but never this far north. I’m staying at a hotel in the Union Square district only four walking blocks from Moscone West where the conference is held. Excuse my ignorance if you are a more experienced traveller than I am, but Union Square appears to be a shopping district (and financial area) for those with more expensive tastes.

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Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – The Tom Bihn Ristretto for Macbook Air

I just received my new Tom Bihn Ristretto bag for the Macbook Air. I purchased an STM Scout from Amazon shortly after I bought my MBA in April. The Scout is a fantastic bag for carrying both the MBA and the iPad. My only problem with the STM bag is the lack of space for extras like pens, earphones, etc.

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Moving to the Macbook Air

I recently picked up a refurbished Macbook Air from Apple’s website. I already have and use a late 2009 Macbook Pro 13 which I have “souped” up with 8 GB of memory, as well as removed the optical drive and installed an SSD 240 GB from OWC.

With the prospect of WWDC coming up as well as a regular monthly stint serving on Grand Jury service, I needed something even more portable than the MBP.

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Apple iPad 2 Launch Day Adventures

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Friday morning, 2:50 a.m., the alarm on my iPhone began plunking out the opening measures of Clocks by Coldplay, my alarm ringtone of choice. Normally I wake up a bit foggy but this time I had a mission to accomplish so I sprang out of bed – well, rather, I rose fluidly from bed and made my way to the office next door.

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Go West Old Man, Go West

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I am hoping to attend a developer’s conference this November for iOS platforms in Los Angeles. On of the funding sources I was counting on has denied my request. It is a disappointing turn of events and now I am not sure if I will still go or not. It is not an overly expensive conference and meals are included in the price, but I would also need to pay for airfare and hotel at 170 per night.

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Can the iPad and Mac Coexist?

There seems to be a lot of chatter online these days regarding Apple’s intentions for the future of the Mac in light of the meteoric rise of i-devices such as the iPad and the upcoming iPhone 4. Others are discussing the role the iPad might play as a notebook replacement device. I think that both of these topics miss the point that the Mac and the iPad (along with smaller siblings, iPhone and iPod Touch) both fill needs and niches. → Read the rest

iPads are Apple of GFW’s eye – NUJournal.com | News, Sports, Jobs – The Journal, New Ulm, MN

WINTHROP – It seemed Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop GFW High School students couldnt get enough of the new iPad computers Thursday in Principal Jeff Bertrangs office.One student played the piano with a shortened keyboard on her iPad.Another student read a book on his iPad.Another student listened to Spanish words.Bertrang pointed out how definitions of words could be found on the iPad.The iPad – a wireless, touch screen, tablet-sized computer – was released in early April by Apple Inc.The school district allocated $267,748 to its technology fund to become what is believed to be the first school in the country to have the devices at a cost of $479 each.

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Screen Sharing and the iPad

I have been looking for a good app for connecting to the computers on my home network from my iPad. There are a number of choices in the iTunes store such as LogMeIn Ignition, as well as some others. Most of them are apps that cost between 20 and 30 dollars – not outrageous, but expensive enough that you want to make sure you make a smart buying decision. → Read the rest