The Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia is having its conference next week in Charlottesville, VA. The event starts on Wednesday and wraps up Friday. Yours truly will be presenting on Wednesday at 1:45 pm. Hope to see you there.
I picked up one of these this afternoon as a bit of a Father’s Day gift to myself. I had been using the Apple Wireless keyboard with my iPad but I’m now using that keyboard with my iMac at the office and was looking for a replacement.
So far, I like it. The keys are a little cramped but I think once I become more familiar with their spacing and travel, it’ll be fine. And I rather like the little built in stand that is part of the design as well. I’ll keep you posted on how things go over the next few weeks.
A few days ago, Ben Brooks over at The Brooks Review, had an interesting post that asked the following question: if you had to start over, buying all of your apps from scratch, in what order would you buy them?
It was an interesting question and now that I’ve given it some thought, here’s what I’ve come up with.
Mac OS X:
- LogMeIn Ignition
- NAVIGON MobileNavigator US MyRegion East
This weekend I picked up the MacLegion 2011 Spring Bundle and got some very good Mac software at a fantastic price. For those of you not familiar with “bundling,” it’s a promotional thing where several Mac software developers, usually the independents, participate in selling their software along with others at a significant discount for a limited time. It’s a great way for you to pick up some new software at a price that’s really hard to beat.
MacHeist is probably the most popular of these but MacLegion is a newcomer and is offering some nice titles:
- ScreenFlow 2 (which was my app pick of the week recently)
- Data Rescue
- Contactizer Pro
- Virus Barrier
- Amadeus Pro
- Radio Gaga
- Printopia (a recent app pick by @reyespoint)
It’s a pretty good collection of apps that purchased individually would run just over $550, but I got all of them for $49.99 as part of the bundle. Hit up the MacLegion web site for more information. The bundle will be available for another 9 days.
Apple has released a new TV ad for the iPad 2. Again, they’re focusing on the user’s experience and the feelings that come from that while showcasing all of the different things people are doing with the device. Still no mention of specs – and that’s no surprise.
On our productivity show a few weeks ago, I spent some time talking about OmniFocus, an app that I really, really like and use every day to make sure I’m doing the things I need to be doing. David Sparks of MacSparky.com and the very good Mac Power Users Podcast is also an OmniFocus fan and has put together a couple of really good screencasts.
OmniFocus Screencast, part 1 – looks at capturing information into OF
OmniFocus Ninja Tricks, Part 2 – managing that information effectively
Highly recommended if you’re an OF user but also worth a view if you’re not but have an interest in the app.
I’m a little late posting this one but Episode 18 of the Revenge of the Fanboy podcast is now online. This week, we did things a little differently and had a themed show where we focused on the way we work and I think it turned out to be a really great show. We each shared a number of the key apps and services that we find irreplaceable including Dropbox, Vitamin-R, Things, OmniFocus and more.
I saw the new commercial Apple has for the iPad 2 during the college basketball games Saturday night. No mention of screaming dual-cores, megabytes or megapixels here.
NOTE: I’m not planning for this to be a news site as there are plenty of folks doing great jobs with those. But, I do need a first post and this seemed interesting enough.
If you were planning on going to WWDC I hope you got your ticket early today. The event, which is in San Francisco in June, sold out in record time, taking less than 10 hours. Compare that to last year’s 8 days and it’s obvious anticipation for the event is at an all-time high.
In the past, Apple has used WWDC to showcase a new iPhone but rumors are pointing to a potential change this year with some saying the iPhone 5 won’t be released until late summer or early fall. That puts me (and I’m sure a lot of you) in an interesting position because I’ve been planning for some time to upgrade my phone in June. We don’t know if the rumors are true but it’s starting, at least to me, to feel that way. Now I’m wondering if I should just go ahead and get an iPhone 4. Of course, doing that now would almost guarantee a new iPhone in June.